Christophe Huss, expert in philately
Christophe Huss, expert in philatey in Paris, answers to the ARTFINDING's exclusive interview about his specialty and vision of the global art market. ...
Christophe Huss, expert in philatey in Paris, answers to the ARTFINDING's exclusive interview about his specialty and vision of the global art market.
My name is Christophe Huss, I am an expert in philately, and also dealer, since I need to work on both fields. I have been in this business for 25 years I started at the "marché aux timbres" in Paris and have now a gallery rue de Châteaudun.
The stamps collector is usually 40-50 years old or retired and he is a History lover. Stamps collector are for 85% of them men. As someone starts a collection, he will first focus on his Country of origin. So a French collector will collect French stamps, and can get more diversified. Besides stamps, the low budget collectors will also focus on coins and postcards; and the high budget ones will also collect anything that comes from the art market.
A stamp dealer has a strong interest in general History and the postal History, but autographs dealers have a low interest in stamps. The value of a stamp is first determined by the auction catalogues which give general quotations. But the real price is the market's one: in there countries with very few collectors, prices will be much lower than countries with a strongly developed stamp market. The Asian countries are rising: China, Thailand, Malaysia... stamps reach great prices. Exceptional stamps reach exceptional prices; these pieces are rather unique or very few. The current record is a letter of the Maurice Island with the numbers 1 & 2 that was sold for 4 millions €. About the general market, all the average quality stamps are hard to sell and all the top quality stamps have increased in prices.
The biggest market in the World for stamps is the USA, than comes Germany with a great number of collectors. France occupies the third position in Europe after Germany and the UK.