This nice and decidedly rare North Borneo cover to Holland was listed in eBay on 17 April 2016 with an opening bid of US$ 149.99. After 11 bids it ended with a final price of US$1,225. Congratulations to the winner.
The cover is franked with North Borneo stamp (SG88) 10¢ surcharge on $1 stamp. The 10¢ rate is consistent with the UPU rate for non-registered cover at that time (registered letter costs additional 8¢). The cover reached its destination in Holland on the 16.03.1897 having been sent from North Borneo on the 04.02.1897 (as per faint Sandakan mark at the back).
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