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2012 Rarities of the World continued...

Foreign Air Post Issues from the Frelinghuysen Collection
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
334 nh ImageAUSTRALIA, 1919, Ross-Smith First Aerial Post. Mint N.H. with full sheet margins, deep rich color and detailed impression, beautiful centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1919 ROSS-SMITH ENGLAND-TO-AUSTRALIA FIRST AERIAL POST ISSUE. A WONDERFUL AIR POST RARITY.

On March 19, 1919, the Australian government offered a £10,000 prize to the first Australian aviator to fly from England to Australia in 30 days or less. On November 12, 1919, Ross Macpherson Smith, Keith Smith, J. M. Bennett and W. H. Shiers left London in a Vickers Vimy aircraft. They arrived in Darwin on December 10, their final destination was Melbourne.

On arrival in Darwin, Smith telegraphed the Australian prime minister requesting a commemorative stamp be issued. The commemorative label was designed by A.I.F. war artist Lieutenant Benson, and was printed in Melbourne on Crown over "A" watermarked paper.

A total of 576 labels were made. Of these, 346 were attached to incoming mail carried on the trip. It is reported that 150 were destroyed, and that some of the 87 unused labels were presented to officials and the four crew members.

This issue is described in Linn's Philatelic Gems II on pp. 13-15. (Image)

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E. 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $7,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
335 nh ImageBOLIVIA, 1924, 10c Vermilion & Black, Air Post, Center Inverted (C1a). Selvage at top, stamp Mint N.H., rich colors, Very Fine, signed Bloch and with 1971 P.F. certificate (Image)

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2,500.00

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
336 nh ImageBOLIVIA, 1924, 2b Dark Brown & Black, Imperforate, Center Inverted, Air Post (C6 var). Mint N.H., large margins, deep rich colors, Very Fine and choice, noted in Scott with catalogue price (Image)

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2,750.00

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
337 og ImageCHINA, SINKIANG, 1932-33, 5c-30c Air Post (C1-C4). 30c traces of original gum, others original gum, rich colors, also including piece with 10c used with Sinkiang No. 54 and tied by circular datestamp

FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF THE SINKIANG AIR POST ISSUE.

According to http://www.cpsl.org.uk/articles/sinkiang.html , the 15c was designed for postage to Lanchow and the 30c for towns beyond. The airpost stamps of 5c and 10c were prepared and used after the flight on 15th December 1932 for the increased air rates.

The 15c and 30c each with two Sanabria backstamps. (Image)

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4,895.00

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
338 og ImageCILICIA, 1920, 2pi on 15c Gray Green, Air Post (C1). H.r., deep rich color.

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-PIASTRES ON 15-CENTIMES CILICIA AIR POST ISSUE.

With Sanabria backstamp. (Image)

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9,250.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
339 og ImageCILICIA, 1920, 5pi on 40c Red & Gray Blue, Air Post (C2). Lightly hinged, brilliant colors

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE CILICIA 5-PIASTRES ON 40-CENTIMES AIR POST ISSUE.

With Sanabria backstamp and backstamped twice by Champion. (Image)

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9,000.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
340 og ImageCOLOMBIA, 1919, 2c Carmine Rose, Air Post (C1). H.r., bright color, small natural inclusion at upper left, trivial toning at upper left, Very Fine appearance, in far better condition than normally seen, various backstamps including Sanabria, Bruechig and Scott Stamp & Coin, also signed in pencil, Scott Catalogue notes "values are for faulty stamps" (Image)

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3,500.00

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
341°   Image(COLOMBIA) Curtiss Aeroplane Co., Promotional Labels. Complete set of 20 non-overprinted labels with selvage on two sides, left side with various airmail slogans and bottom with blue italic "Curtiss", set includes the nine labels that were overprinted by SCADTA to produce Colombia Nos. C2-C10 and the 11 labels that were never overprinted, brilliant colors throughout, just one vertical format label with a noticeable flaw at top right, label that was overprinted for C3 with some light wrinkling

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE CURTISS AEROPLANE CO. PROMOTIONAL LABELS WITHOUT OVERPRINT -- INCLUDING THE NINE USED TO CREATE COLOMBIA C2-C10. ONLY TWO OF THE C3 DESIGN LABEL ARE KNOWN WITHOUT OVERPRINTS.

Dr. Albert Groten discusses and illustrates these labels in an article in the May 2012 American Stamp Dealer (included with lot) and the following information is from his article. The labels were produced for private advertising for the Curtiss Aeroplane Co. and feature the iconic Curtiss JN ("Jenny") in various scenes. The artist is unknown. Nine of the labels, without selvage, were overprinted by the Compania Colombiana de Navegacion Aerea (SCADTA) under contract with the Colombian Government, for use as Air Post stamps. 100 sets of the nine were overprinted and only two of the Jenny in clouds design used for C3 were not overprinted. Therefore the set offered here is one of only two complete sets possible. There are also no more than 10 each of the remaining 19 labels without overprint.

Ex Boonshaft. Scott mentions the non-overprinted labels in a footnote but states there are only 18 in the set. Total Scott Retail for the unused overprinted C2-C10 stamps is $43,000.00. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire all the designs in the set for a fraction of the cost of the government stamps (Image)

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E. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
342 og ImageCYRENAICA, 1934, 25l + 2l Copper Red, "Servizio Di Stato", Air Post Semi-Postal Official (CBO1). Lightly hinged, rich color on bright paper, fresh and Very Fine example of this scarce Air Post Semi-Postal Official issue (Image)

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2,750.00

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
343 og ImageERITREA, 1934, 25l + 2l Copper Red, "Servizio Di Stato", Air Post Semi-Postal Official (CBO1). Lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, fresh and Very Fine example of this scarce issue (Image)

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2,800.00

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
344 og ImageFRANCE, 1928, 10fr on 90c Ile De France Air Post (C3). Bright color, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-FRANC ON 90-CENTIMES "ILE DE FRANCE" AIR POST ISSUE.

Sanabria backstamp. Also with unusual backstamp which looks like an octagonal datestamp (Image)

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2,400.00

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction

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