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Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1285 og 35b 35b, 1883 7k Blue, Groundwork Inverted, fresh mint single, deep luxuriant color, o.g., nearly very fine for this scarce and highly collectible error (Michel 33K
Ç2,000).#35b, 1883 7k Blue, Groundwork Inverted, fresh mint single, deep luxuriant color, o.g., nearly very fine for this scarce and highly collectible error (Michel #33K; €2,000). (Image) $1,600.00

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1286 O 35b 35b, 1883 7k Blue, Groundwork Inverted, used, uncharacteristically well centered, rich color, neat portions of both a town cancel, as well as a portion of a transit postmark,
just the faintest trace of a mild natural vertical paper wrinkle, stil#35b, 1883 7k Blue, Groundwork Inverted, used, uncharacteristically well centered, rich color, neat portions of both a town cancel, as well as a portion of a transit postmark, just the faintest trace of a mild natural vertical paper wrinkle, still very fine and quite choice; signed A. Diena; ex-Goss (Michel #33K; €2,000). (Image) $1,600.00

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1287 O 36b 36b, 1883 14k Blue and rose, Center Inverted, exceptional used example of this rare error, quite well centered, fresh bright colors, light central postmark, very fine (Michel
34K Ç7,500).#36b, 1883 14k Blue and rose, Center Inverted, exceptional used example of this rare error, quite well centered, fresh bright colors, light central postmark, very fine (Michel #34K; €7,500). (Image) $6,000.00

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1288 O 41a 41a, 1889 4k Rose, horizontally laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, an extremely rare used single of this error which, to our knowledge, is one of only two known examples,
possessing large well balanced margins all around, deep rich color, neat#41a, 1889 4k Rose, horizontally laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, an extremely rare used single of this error which, to our knowledge, is one of only two known examples, possessing large well balanced margins all around, deep rich color, neat portion of an 1894 dated circular postmark, just the faintest trace of a vertical crease, otherwise very fine and handsome; considerably undercataloged in Scott given that only two are thought to exist, listed but unpriced in Michel; 1995 Mikulski certificate (Michel #40xK). (Image) $3,250.00

SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1289 c 43 var. 43 var., 1889 20k Blue and carmine, Groundwork Inverted, a choice example of this incredibly rare stamp, neatly tied to a handsome blue colored registered cover to Denmark by
a Riga2Apl1890 c.d.s., with additional strike below, transit c#43 var., 1889 20k Blue and carmine, Groundwork Inverted, a choice example of this incredibly rare stamp, neatly tied to a handsome blue colored registered cover to Denmark by a "Riga/2Apl/1890" c.d.s., with additional strike below, transit c.d.s. on reverse, just a few trivial cover flaws at bottom right of little consequence or importance, very fine; only a few examples of the 1889 20k with the groundwork inverted are known (three off cover), with this being the only example recorded on cover, as such this is one of the great stamp and cover rarities in Russian philately, offered to the market for the first time in decades; unlisted and unpriced in Scott; listed in Michel as #42xK2; accompanied by a 1976 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $15,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1290 O 47b 47b, 1889 2k Green, horizontally laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, a premium quality example of this fabulously rare stamp, believed to be one of only two known examples of
this error, featuring exceptional centering and margins for the issue#47b, 1889 2k Green, horizontally laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, a premium quality example of this fabulously rare stamp, believed to be one of only two known examples of this error, featuring exceptional centering and margins for the issue, especially bright and vibrant color, neat portion of a town c.d.s., very fine and exceedingly choice; listed but unpriced in Scott, listed in Michel but only as mint and not priced used; signed H. Bloch; ex-Epstein (Michel #46xK) (Image) Michel €10,000

SOLD for $16,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1291 og 50b 50b, 1889 7k Dark blue, horizontally laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, pristine mint example, wonderfully bright and crisp, prooflike color and impression, attractively
centered, o.g., lightly hinged, very fine a marvelous example of this rari#50b, 1889 7k Dark blue, horizontally laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, pristine mint example, wonderfully bright and crisp, prooflike color and impression, attractively centered, o.g., lightly hinged, very fine; a marvelous example of this rarity which is thought to be one of only two known mint examples (Michel #49xK; €5,000). (Image) $6,000.00

SOLD for $15,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1292 og 51a 51a, 1889 14k Blue and rose, horizontally laid paper, Center Inverted, a wonderfully choice mint example of this inverted center rarity, possessing outstanding colors and
embossing on crisp paper, well centered for the issue, full o.g., very fin#51a, 1889 14k Blue and rose, horizontally laid paper, Center Inverted, a wonderfully choice mint example of this inverted center rarity, possessing outstanding colors and embossing on crisp paper, well centered for the issue, full o.g., very fine; certainly among the finest known original gum examples; signed A. Diena and accompanied by a 1947 RPS certificate (Michel #50xK; €6,000). (Image) $4,500.00

SOLD for $10,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1293 O 51a 51a, 1889 14k Blue and rose, horizontally laid paper, Center Inverted, a highly select used example of this rare stamp, being exceptionally bright and fresh, as well as
wonderfully postmarked with a town c.d.s. dated 1893, well centered, very fi#51a, 1889 14k Blue and rose, horizontally laid paper, Center Inverted, a highly select used example of this rare stamp, being exceptionally bright and fresh, as well as wonderfully postmarked with a town c.d.s. dated 1893, well centered, very fine (Michel #50xk; €5,000). (Image) $4,000.00

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1294 O 57Cg 57Cg, 1904 4k Rose red, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, used, rich luxuriant color, neat central strike of a double ring c.d.s. with 1906 year date, faint trace of
a small diagonal crease at top left (not mentioned on accompanying ce#57Cg, 1904 4k Rose red, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, used, rich luxuriant color, neat central strike of a double ring c.d.s. with 1906 year date, faint trace of a small diagonal crease at top left (not mentioned on accompanying certificate), trivial short perf., still quite fine for this extremely rare stamp; only a very few exist, possibly as few as two or three at most; clear 1995 Mikulski certificate (Michel #40yK; unpriced). (Image) $4,000.00

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1295 O 58b 58b, 1902 5k Red violet, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, used, outstanding centering within unusually large margins, strong rich color, neat c.d.s. postmark
confined to top, single shorter perf. at top, very fine a terribly elusive#58b, 1902 5k Red violet, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, used, outstanding centering within unusually large margins, strong rich color, neat c.d.s. postmark confined to top, single shorter perf. at top, very fine; a terribly elusive stamp that is almost never seen at auction; ex-Ferrary, Rothschild and Goss (Michel #48yK; unpriced). (Image) $850.00

SOLD for $14,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1296 O 59c 59c, 1902 7k Dark blue, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, used, nicely centered within generously large margins, deep rich color and impression on bright fresh
paper, neat portion of town postmark dated 1908, very fine and quite scarce#59c, 1902 7k Dark blue, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, used, nicely centered within generously large margins, deep rich color and impression on bright fresh paper, neat portion of town postmark dated 1908, very fine and quite scarce (Michel #49yK (Image) $800.00

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
1297 og/nhbl 59c 59c, 1902 7k Dark blue, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, a gem mint example contained within an extraordinary complete pane of twenty five (5x5), being position 65
from the original sheet of 100, with marginal inscriptions in bott#59c, 1902 7k Dark blue, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, a gem mint example contained within an extraordinary complete pane of twenty five (5x5), being position 65 from the original sheet of 100, with marginal inscriptions in bottom sheet selvage, including large printed "14" plate number, magnificently fresh, outstanding centering throughout, o.g., all but a few stamps never hinged (including the error stamp), hinged largely in the sheet selvages, extremely fine; a magnificent item for exhibition, in the most optimal condition possible (Michel #49yK). (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $10,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1298 c 59c 59c, 1902 7k Dark blue, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, a marvelous example being the top right stamp contained within a block of three stamps, se-tenant with two
normal stamps, neatly tied to the reverse of an attractive registere#59c, 1902 7k Dark blue, vertically laid paper, Groundwork Inverted, a marvelous example being the top right stamp contained within a "block" of three stamps, se-tenant with two normal stamps, neatly tied to the reverse of an attractive registered cover to Moscow by three strikes of "Penza/2.10.08" c.d.s., Moscow arrival postmarks, stamps with exceptional centering and deeply rich color, small tear in top left corner of the front of the over, very fine; an incredibly scarce and desirable cover franked with this rare error (Michel #49yK). (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1299 p 62b 62b, 1905 15k Brown violet and blue, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, an outstanding used example of this extremely rare and desirable error, tied to a small piece by a
choice clear strike of a Koloma25.9.07 c.d.s., well centered, sump#62b, 1905 15k Brown violet and blue, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, an outstanding used example of this extremely rare and desirable error, tied to a small piece by a choice clear strike of a "Koloma/25.9.07" c.d.s., well centered, sumptuously rich colors, very fine; one of the finest of the few known examples (Michel #51K; €4,000). (Image) $3,500.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1300 O 64a 64a, 1905 25k Dull green and lilac, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, a superb used example of this extremely rare inverted center, boasting near perfect centering
within uncharacteristically wide margins, deep rich colors and impressions#64a, 1905 25k Dull green and lilac, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, a superb used example of this extremely rare inverted center, boasting near perfect centering within uncharacteristically wide margins, deep rich colors and impressions on bright paper, outstanding clear strike of "Shitomir/30.3.06" c.d.s., extremely fine in every regard; certainly among the finest known of the small known population; ex-Faberge (with his small distinctive handstamp on reverse). (Image) $3,750.00

SOLD for $5,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1301 O 65a 65a, 1902 35k Dark violet and green, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, a most attractive used example of this incredibly rare stamp, deep luxuriant colors and strong
impressions on fresh paper, neat portion of a town c.d.s. dated 1910, ove#65a, 1902 35k Dark violet and green, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, a most attractive used example of this incredibly rare stamp, deep luxuriant colors and strong impressions on fresh paper, neat portion of a town c.d.s. dated 1910, overall very fine.This important rarity has not been offered on the auction market in years. It is likely that only two are known - if that "many" - and it is quite possible that it is unique. One of the great philatelic rarities of Russia, in addition to being one of the most important inverted center stamps of the world.We are confident that the catalog value quoted in Scott will prove to be entirely irrelevant when the auction hammer finally falls on the sale of this magnificent stamp, and a new catalog value will be established that more accurately reflects its true rarity; ex-Goss where it was described in the February 1958 sale catalog by Robson Lowe as "believed to be unique" (Michel #53yK; unpriced). (Image) $5,500.00

SOLD for $100,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1302 O 69a 69a, 1902 3.50R Black and gray, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, an extraordinary quality used example of this major inverted center rarity, quite likely being among
the finest, if not the finest, in existence, of which very few are kno#69a, 1902 3.50R Black and gray, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, an extraordinary quality used example of this major inverted center rarity, quite likely being among the finest, if not the finest, in existence, of which very few are known, all of which are used, possessing outstanding centering in comparison to the small existing population, as most are found quite poorly centered to bottom, plus its colors and impressions are unusually bold on fresh paper, wonderfully postmarked with a central town c.d.s. with a 1910 year date, very fine; an exciting opportunity to acquire one of the premier rarities of Russia, in the finest condition available; 1927 RPS certificate (Michel #55yK; €7,500). (Image) $10,500.00

SOLD for $11,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1303 og 70a 70a, 1904 7R Black and yellow, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, wonderfully bright and fresh, strong rich colors and impressions on crisp paper, centered a bit to
bottom as are all known examples, although this particular copys centering#70a, 1904 7R Black and yellow, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, wonderfully bright and fresh, strong rich colors and impressions on crisp paper, centered a bit to bottom as are all known examples, although this particular copy's centering is superior to most, full o.g., lightly hinged, fine; a marvelous example of this inverted center rarity, all of which originated from the fabulous unique sheet of 25 that once belonged to Philip Kosack (Michel #56yK; €7,500). (Image) $7,500.00

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1304 O 70a 70a, 1904 7R Black and yellow, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, a seldom seen used example of this famous Russian rarity, being one of only two known used copies, deep
rich colors, centered to bottom (as always) and a bit to left, lig#70a, 1904 7R Black and yellow, vertically laid paper, Center Inverted, a seldom seen used example of this famous Russian rarity, being one of only two known used copies, deep rich colors, centered to bottom (as always) and a bit to left, light neat "Batum/22.11.17" c.d.s., small thin spot of little consequence, still quite fine; the Scott catalog has placed the same $7,500.00 valuation for either a mint or used example of this stamp, despite the fact that used copies are far more rare, the Michel catalog gives a considerably higher premium for used examples, pricing them at double a mint copy; signed Mikulski and accompanied by his 2003 certificate; ex-Mikulski (Michel #56yK; €15,000). (Image) $7,500.00

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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