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TOGO continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
601 p 49 Image#49, 1914 "TOGO/Anglo-French/Occupation" overprint on 5pf Green, narrow setting, tied to piece by Lome 29.10.14 c.d.s., bright color, some rust stains at top, very fine appearance; Gibbs believes only about 40 were printed; signed Bothe BPP (S.G. #H15; £700). (Image) $800.00

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
602 O 1 Image#1, 1854 1p Black, used horizontal pair, mostly full to large margins around, strong impression, grid cancel and a small bit of a red transit postmark, very fine (S.G. #1; £500+). (Image) $600.00+

SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
ZANZIBAR
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
603 og 140 Image#140, 1913 200R Black and brown, rich colors, o.g., fine (S.G. #260g; £950). (Image) $1,000.00

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction

FRANCE AND COLONIES

FRANCE
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
604 Ebl Yvert 2, 4, 5 Essays ImageYvert #2, 4, 5 Essays, in full sheets of 150, the 15c being in the issues color on thick white paper, the 25c in the issued color, and the 40c in red with two positions showing a retouch, all without gum, 15c with a few faint toned spots, 25c with some mild staining, otherwise quite fresh, a few small faults as expected, overall very fine; a spectacular and unique set of essay sheets that would be a centerpiece to specialized collection of First Issue France; each accompanied by a clear 2010 J.F. Brun certificate. (imagea) (imageb) (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

SOLD for $29,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
605 Ebl Yvert #10E ImageYvert #10 Essay, 1852 25c Blue essay in a very similar design to the issued stamp, block of 50 with margins on all three sides including the guide line at top and right, without gum, rich bright color on fresh paper, margin tears at top and right, very fine appearance; a handsome showpiece and a very rare essay multiple; clear 2010 J.F. Brun certificate (Scott #11 Essay). (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
606 E   Image1858 J.J. Barre essays, lot of three full sheets of 150, in green, blue and bister, showing "00" denomination, bright colors, each with Albert Barre's pencil signature in the bottom margin, blue and green sheets with light staining, bister sheet with large tear affecting about fifteen stamps, very fine appearance; complete sheets of these essays are rarely encountered; Barre's design was ultimately used for the first issue of Greece; clear 2010 J.F. Brun certificate for the set; also accompanied by a 47 page article (in French) on Barre's engraving work. (imagea) (imageb) (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
607 ngbl Yvert #1 ImageYvert #1, 1850 10c Bister on yellowish, a handsome and scarce unused block of four, with uniformly large margins all around, plus its color is sumptuously rich and the paper is immaculate, fresh and very fine; signed Calves and accompanied by his 1973 and 1993 certificates; ex-Gross (Scott #1; $11,000.00 for o.g.). (Image) for o.g. €10,000

SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
608 ngbl Yvert #1 ImageYvert #1, 1850 10c Bister on yellowish, an impressive unused left sheet-margin block of six (3x2), with large to very large margins on the other three sides, gorgeous rich color and crisp impression on fresh paper, extremely fine and handsome; one of the largest surviving multiples; signed Friedl and accompanied by a 1998 von der Weid certificate; ex-Gross (Scott #1). (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
609 c Yvert #1d ImageYvert #1d, 1850 10c Dark bister on yellowish, tete-beche, a spectacular quality horizontal "face to face" pair, with oversized even margins all around, tied along with 40c Orange on yellowish (Yvert #5) by lozenge roller cancel to cover to Rockingham City, North Carolina, two clear strikes of double circle "Paris/28 Juil/51" datestamp and red boxed "P.P." (paid to port) handstamp, manuscript "By Havre Steamer" directive, arrived in the U.S. with "New York/5/Aug 13" exchange office postmark, very fine and choice.

This cover shows the special 60c "voie de commerce" rate for the Le Havre line to New York. It was carried on board the steamship "Humbolt" departing on 30th July, 1851 and arriving on 13th August. In addition to being one of only two recorded frankings by a tete-beche pair of the 1850 10c Ceres to the U.S.A., this is one of the finest quality examples of this tete-beche rarity known on any cover. A phenomenally rare franking of great visual appeal. Signed Bernard and Pascal Behr, J.F. Brun and Calves, as well as being accompanied by 2003 Behr, Brun and Goebel certificates; ex-Caspary, "Lafayette" and Gross (Scott #1e, 7). (imagea) (Image)

Est. $20,000-30,000

SOLD for $23,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
610 c Yvert #2 ImageYvert #2, 1849 5c Green, horizontal strip of five, with large to extra large margins all around except a little closer at left, showing portions of adjoining stamps at top, beautiful rich color, tied by star of dots cancel on 1853 cover to Rouen (backstamp), cover with a couple light vertical file folds which do not affect the stamps, torn backflap, very fine.

This cover represents an extraordinary and incredibly rare usage of the scarce 15c value. The primary purpose of the 15c stamp was a solo used on domestic letters, of which many such examples still exist. However, any other usage is most unusual, with this strip, paying the 3 x 25c rate, being one of the rarest and most desirable usages extant. The editors of the Scott catalog recognize the extreme rarity of a multiple of this stamp on cover, as they assign a value of $39,000.00 to a pair on cover, versus a $1,650.00 value for a single usage. This 23 times value for a pair is by far the largest in the all of the classic French stamps, with the other values of the 1849-50 Issue usually having only a modest premium over two singles. And that Scott value is merely for a pair, with the strip of five offered here being substantially for valuable.

An important postal history rarity of the 1849-50 Issue, being not only a most unusual usage of the Fifteen Cent stamp, but also an easily recognizable rarity of classic France; accompanied by a 2004 Calves certificate. (imagea) (Image)

Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $24,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
611 ngbl Yvert #3 ImageYvert #3, 1849 20c Black on yellow, unused left sheet-margin block of four, other margins full to large, strong color and impression, faint crease in the bottom left margin, very fine; cataloged simply as four unused singles; a mint block catalogs €2,750 (Scott #3). (Image) €800+

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
612 c France Yvert #4, 6 ImageYvert #4, 6, 1849 25c Blue horizontal pair and 1Fr Carmine, attractive franking with rich colors, large margins to just in on one side of each, tied to exceptionally clean 1852 folded cover to France, stamps tied on arrival in Paris by French roller grill cancel, light but clearly discernible black "Grand-Bourg (Mie. Gte.)/Guadeloupe/27 Dec. 1852" double-circle c.d.s. above and similar Basse-Terre transit of December 31st at right, posted per British packet with red Calais entry transit and boxed "PD" handstamp, backstamped Paris, very fine and pretty cover; the small village of Grand Bourg is on the small island of Marie Galante located to the southeast of the two major islands of Guadeloupe, this sparsely populated island saw very little commerce in this period; this is the only recorded use of French stamps from Grand Bourg; 2002 A. Roumet certificate; ex-Grabowski. (imagea) (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
613 og Yvert #5 ImageYvert #5, 1850 40c Orange, scarce mint single, large balanced margins all around, wonderfully bright color and a detailed impression, full original gum, lightly hinged, very fine; an especially choice example; signed Bernichon, Friedl (Scott #7; $3,750.00). (Image) €4,750

SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
614 og Yvert #5f ImageYvert #5f, 1850 40c Orange on yellowish, Ty. II, the unique bottom right corner margin combination horizontal strip of five, the left pair Ty. II showing the retouched wide "4" and the right three stamps the normal Ty. I (Yvert #5), with mostly ample margins to barely touching the center stamp, gloriously rich color, o.g. which is thick and brownish in places, very fine.

This magnificent multiple is one of the greatest rarities in all French philately and an exhibition item of the highest echelon. The retouched wide "4" comes only from positions 146 and 147 in the sheet. Only one other mint pair of Ty. II is known, however this is the unique combination strip of five.

Signed Bernard and Pascal Behr, J.F. Brun and Goebel and accompanied by their 2003 certificates; ex-Ferrary, Hind, "Lafayette" and Gross (Scott #7f, 7; $116,250.00+ for Ty. II pair and Ty. I singles). (imagea) (Image)

€139,250+

SOLD for $45,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
615 c Yvert #7, 3 ImageYvert #7, 1849 1Fr Vermilion, single with intense color, ample to large margins except where close but clear at top right, tied along with 20c Black on yellowish (Yvert #3, mostly large margins to touching at top right) by two strikes of mute lozenge grid to fresh 1849 folded letter to Rome, Italy, clear double circle "Moissey/16 Oct 49" datestamp at top left, red boxed "PD" (paid to destination) departure handstamp, straightline "Franco Sarde" transit and Lons-le-Saunier and Rome backstamps, red "P.F." arrival handstamp, a very fine and spectacular usage.

The two stamps paid the 1.20Fr rate to Italy. This is, without doubt, the prettiest of the three recorded covers bearing the two stamps issued in 1849. One of the most famous and eye-appealing covers in French philately.Signed Bernard and Pascal Behr, J.F. Brun, Calves, E. Diena and Goebel, as well as being accompanied by 2003 Behr, Brun and Goebel certificates; ex-"Lafayette" and Gross (Scott #8, 3). (imagea) (Image)

Est. $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $32,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
616 ng Yvert #6e ImageYvert #6e, 1849 1Fr Light carmine on yellowish, tete-beche, a showpiece unused horizontal "face to face" tete-beche pair, featuring strikingly intense color on fresh paper, ample to mostly large margins all around, very fine.

This spectacular pair is widely regarded as one of the greatest 1849-50 Ceres issue tete-beche rarities extant, with only four unused examples recorded. It has graced several of the finest collections of classic French stamps ever formed. The inverted cliche comes only from position 35 from the first plate used to print the 1Fr value.

Illustrated in the 2000 Yvert Specialized and 2003 Yvert catalogs. Signed Bernard and Pascal Behr, Aime and Jean-Francois Brun, Calves, Goebel and Roumet, as well as being accompanied by 2003 Behr, Brun and Goebel certificates; ex-Ferrary, Hind, "Lafayette" and Gross (Scott #9a; $235,000.00). (Image)

€200,000

SOLD for $95,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
617 c Yvert #33 ImageYvert #33, 1869 5Fr. Gray lilac on lavender, three fresh singles, tied along with 1870-73 5c Yellow green on pale blue (Yvert #53), 15c Bister on yellowish (Yvert #59) and five copies of 40c Orange on yellowish (Yvert #38) by multiple strikes of large numeral "24" in lozenge cancel to linen-lined registered and insured cover to Capestang, with manuscript "Huit Mille Francs" notation, bold "Paris, R de Clery/17 Mars 74" double circle datestamps and red straight line "Charge,", red registry backstamp, Bordeaux transit and Capestang arrival backstamps, 5c and one 40c stamp with small fault, cover opened for exhibition, very fine; a spectacular and eye-catching high value franking cover in outstanding condition; ex-Gross (Scott #37, 53, 56, 59). (imagea) (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
618 ogbl Yvert #46A ImageYvert #46A, 1870 20c Blue, Type III, Report I, striking left sheet-margin block of fifteen, remarkably fresh, with bright color on pristine white paper, mostly large margins around, ms. notation in the margin, light official handstamp on reverse, full original gum, light vertical crease through the right column, a few mild horizontal gum creases, very fine; overall a handsome and incredibly rare showpiece multiple; signed Calves, Behr and accompanied by a 2010 J.F. Brun certificate (Scott #45). (Image) €54,000

SOLD for $10,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
619 og/nh B3-10 ImageYvert #148-155, 1917-19 2c+3c to 5Fr+5Fr War Orphans semi-postals cplt., o.g., l.h., except 5Fr+5Fr h.r. and 2c+3c, 15c+10c, 35c+25c and 1Fr+1Fr n.h., fine-very fine set (Scott #B3-10). (Image) $3,401.00

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
620 og B34b ImageYvert#256, 1930 1.50Fr+3.50Fr Smile of Reims booklet pane of eight, with original booklet cover, o.g., l.h., seven stamps n.h., very fine (Scott # B34b). (Image) $600.00

SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction

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