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Italian States - Sicily - 1859 5gr Ferdinand II continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
501     11+12b+5c imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 5gr vermilion, plate II. Tied by horseshoe cancels in combination with 1gr dark olive green, plate III, Palermo paper + 10g Indigo paying the 1-ounce letter rate (8gr) plus registration (8gr), on a cover from Cefalù to Palermo dated 25 April 1860. [Palermo was under siege at the Convent of Gancia on this date.], and 5gr is additionally tied by Palermo arrival cds, adhesives well margined except 10g shaves frame at top, Very Fine and attractive, a lovely tricolor franking and combination, with 2011 Colla and 2012 Vaccari certificate.
Sassone No. 11+12b+5c; €35,000+ ($43,050); Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.

It should be noted that registered mail from Cefalù is rare, and a circular date cancellation on any Sicily stamp is scarce; this cover was featured in the Vaccari Magazine, no. 48, November 2012.
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Sassone €35,000+ ($43,050)
Est. $4,000-6,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
502     11a imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 5g bright vermilion, plate II. (Pos. 1), o.g., never hinged, corner margin single with large margins, bright fresh color, light natural wrinkle not mentioned on certificate, Extremely Fine a gem, with 2015 Ghiglione certificate.
Sassone No. 11a; €1,250 ($1,540); Estimate $100 - 150. (Image1)
Sassone €1,250 ($1,540)
Est. $100-150

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
503 /    11a imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 5g bright vermilion, plate II. Block of 10 (Pos. 31-35, 41-45), large margins including sheet margin at left, bottom left stamp shaving design at bottom, o.g., four stamps with hinge remnant at top, all other never hinged, outstanding freshness and color, Extremely Fine, signed A. Diena with 1964 G. Bolaffi certificate.
Sassone No. 11a; €20,500 as 2 blks & 2 singles ($25,220); Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE OF THE FIRST ORDER. (Image1)
Sassone €20,500 as 2 blks & 2 singles ($25,220)
Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
504     11a imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 5gr bright vermilion, plate II, Palermo paper, complete sheet of 100. O.g., never hinged, Post Office fresh, Extremely Fine and choice, a highly important showpiece of great rarity and visual appeal in superb condition, signed A. Bolaffi, with 2012 Colla certificate.
Sassone No. 11a; €225,000 as blocks of 4 ($276,750); Estimate $15,000 - 20,000. (Image1)
Sassone €225,000 as blocks of 4 ($276,750)
Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $20,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
505 o    11a imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 5g bright vermilion, plate II, Napoli paper. Four large margins (tiny scissor cut in margin at bottom right corner), Very Fine, with clear 1963 A. Diena certificate.
Sassone No. 11a; €6,000 ($7,380); Estimate $200 - 300. (Image1)
Sassone €6,000 ($7,380)
Est. $200-300

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
506     11a imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 5g bright vermilion, plate II, Palermo paper. Two singles (clear to large margins) tied by horseshoe cancels on letter from Messina to Malta dated 22 May 1860, with Malta receiver on reverse 23 May 1860.; skillfully repaired with the addition of a small amount of paper along the top, and particularly behind the stamps, for protection, F.-V.F., an outstanding usage, signed Em. Diena with 1988 En. Diena and 2012 Vaccari certificates.
Sassone No. 11a; €42,000 for single on cover ($51,660); Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

A late-usage cover, and unique to Malta with this franking, surcharged '1' [penny] for delivery in Malta. Having been lost at some indeterminate time before 1941, this cover was re-discovered by a dealer in Malta in 1987. Note: Approximately two dozen Sicily covers to Malta are known.
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Sassone €42,000 for single on cover ($51,660)
Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
Italian States - Sicily - 1859 10gr Ferdinand II
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
507     12 imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g deep blue. Large even margins, deep fresh color, Extremely Fine, signed A. Diena. Scott No. 16.
Sassone No. 12; €1,650 ($2,030); Estimate $100 - 150. (Image1)
Sassone €1,650 ($2,030)
Est. $100-150

SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
508     12 imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g deep blue. Block of 6 (Pos. 3-5 and 13-15; position 5 retouched), large margins including sheet margin at top, brownish gum, very lightly hinged, Extremely Fine, a gorgeous block, ex-Rothschild from Phillips 20 Oct 1988 sale, with 1988 En. Diena and 2012 Zanaria certificates. Scott No. 16.
Sassone No. 12; €12,300 as blk & 2 singles ($15,130); Estimate $1,000 - 1,500. (Image1)
Sassone €12,300 as blk & 2 singles ($15,130)
Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
509     12 imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g deep blue. Horizontal pair (Pos. 2-3), close at top left to mostly large margins, tied by horseshoe cancel on insured letter from Messina to S. Agata di Militello with oval "Assicurata" + "Mes.a 24 Nov.e 1859", markings, on reverse is handwritten description of the rate of the time, Very Fine, a very pretty cover, signed A.Diena, Russo, Vaccari with 2015 Vaccari certificate. Scott No. 16.
Sassone No. 12; €22,750 ($27,980); Estimate $1,500 - 2,000. (Image1)
Sassone €22,750 ($27,980)
Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
510     12+5d+8d imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g deep blue. ((Pos. 94) tied in combination with 1gr olive green, plate III (Pos. 35), PA + 2 gr blue, plate III (Pos. 4), PA tied on 1859 outer lettersheet from Catania to Rome, 29 August 1859, with Messina transit 2 September and Rome receiver 9 September on reverse; surcharged (by hand) 16 Baj postage due, adhesives with four margins, bottom flap added, Very Fine and scarce three color franking, with 1980 En. Diena certificate. Scott No. 16.
Sassone No. 12+5d+8d; €5,500+ ($6,760); Estimate $500 - 750. (Image1)
Sassone €5,500+ ($6,760)
Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
511     12a imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g black indigo. Large even margins, neatly tied on fragment by horseshoe cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1972 A. Diena certificate.
Sassone No. 12a; €4,500 ($5,540); Estimate $400 - 600. (Image1)
Sassone €4,500 ($5,540)
Est. $400-600

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
512     12b imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g indigo. Full o.g., large margins, Post Office fresh, Extremely Fine, with 2009 Behr certificate.
Sassone No. 12b; €1,650 ($2,030); Estimate $100 - 150. (Image1)
Sassone €1,650 ($2,030)
Est. $100-150

SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
513     12b imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g indigo. Block of 4 (Pos. 42-43 and 52-53; position 53 retouched), o.g., lightly hinged, large margins to just shaving design at bottom of bottom left stamp, natural vertical wrinkle affecting left pair (not mentioned on certificate), deep fresh color, Very Fine, with 1989 En. Diena certificate.
Sassone No. 12b; €9,000 ($11,070); Estimate $500 - 750. (Image1)
Sassone €9,000 ($11,070)
Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
514     12b imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g indigo. Block of 9 (Pos. 1-3, 11-13, 21-23; positions 1, 11, 21, retouched), o.g., lightly hinged, large margins, deep color, fresh & Extremely Fine, a wonderful and rare multiple, ex-Rothschild, with 1988 En. Diena certificate.
Sassone No. 12b; €17,250 as blk & 5 singles ($21,220); Estimate $2,000 - 3,000. (Image1)
Sassone €17,250 as blk & 5 singles ($21,220)
Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
515     12b imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 10g indigo. 1, block of 28 (Pos. 52-58, 62-68, 72-78, 82-88; position 58 retouched), mint with full original (dried) gum, large margins to close at top, incredibly fresh and rich color, small cut between stamps positions 52 and 62, light horizontal crease at top and in the margin between the 3rd and 4th vertical rows, Very Fine, An impressive multiple, Large multiples of the 10gr value are scarce; most of the stamps in this multiple demonstrate a distinct "Ivory Head" effect on the reverse, signed "Asineli, Torino", Raybaudi etc., with 1990 Dr. Enzo Diena certificate.
Sassone No. 12b; €60,600 as 6 blocks & 4 singles ($74,540); Estimate $4,000 - 6,000. (Image1)
Sassone €60,600 as 6 blocks & 4 singles ($74,540)
Est. $4,000-6,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
Italian States - Sicily - 1859 20gr Ferdinand II
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
516     13 imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray. (Pos. 10), o.g., never hinged, large margins showing full dividing lines and corner margin at top right, bright fresh color, an Extremely Fine gem, with 1972 Bolaffi and 1989 En. Diena certificates. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13; €1,650 ($2,030); Estimate $150 - 200. (Image1)
Sassone €1,650 ($2,030)
Est. $150-200

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
517     13 imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray. Block of 4 (Pos. 46-7, 56-7), o.g., lightly hinged, four nice margins, fresh, Extremely Fine and scarce, signed A. Diena, with 1970 Bolaffi and 1991 En. Diena certificates. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13; €9,000 ($11,070); Estimate $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Sassone €9,000 ($11,070)
Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
518     13 imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray. Block of 4 (Pos. 57-8, 67-8), o.g., very lightly hinged, large even margins, bright fresh color, small stain on top left stamp (not mentioned on certs.), Extremely Fine, a lovely block, with 1980 En. Diena certificate and 2001 Bolaffi Graded certificate (Graded "80"). Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13; €9,000 ($11,070); Estimate $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Sassone €9,000 ($11,070)
Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
519 /    13 imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray, Palermo paper. corner margin block of 25 (Pos. 6-10 thru 46-50), o.g., mostly never hinged, large margins with corner margin at top right, two stamps slightly cut in at left, vibrant fresh color, Extremely Fine and choice, A stunning showpiece, with 1983 En. Diena certificate, Signed G. Bolaffi. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13; €50,850 as 4 blks & 9 singles ($62,540); Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

A rare multiple, believed to be the only surviving top right quarter sheet in private hands. This magnificent piece was featured in the Sicily Stamp Centenary Auction in London, 10 June 1959, held by Robson Lowe. It was by far the most valuable item in that auction, and was sold for £1,800. The Italian postal museum owns the only full sheet known.
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Sassone €50,850 as 4 blks & 9 singles ($62,540)
Est. $7,500-10,000

SOLD for $10,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
520     13+3+8c+9a imageSicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray. Tied in combination with 1gr. rust brown, Plate I + 2 gr. bright blue Plate III + 5 gr. carmine Plate I on folded cover from Messina (1859. 12. 9.) to Livorno, adhesives all with nice margins except 20gr shaving design at bottom, Extremely Fine, with 1989 En. Diena certificate. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13+3+8c+9a; Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

A STUNNING FOUR COLOR FRANKING WHICH IS EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS OUTSTANDING CONDITION. (Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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