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Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6450 image1859: 1 gr. 'oliva grigiastro' and 2 gr. 'azzuro vivo', plate position 58, both from plate II on carta di Napoli, two fresh and fine examples with fair to large margins all round, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, oval SCIACCA despatch handstamp in blue (Sassone AG = 6 punti) and "PALERMO ARRIVO 25 APR. 59" arrival cds in black alongside, on cover to Palermo. 3 grana rate for a letter of 1½ sheets from office to office. Signed Renato Mondolfo with colour indication Sassone = € 5'625 + 350. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 300.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6451 image1859: 1 gr. 'verde oliva scuro', a horizontal strip of four from plate III, carta di Napoli, a fresh and fine multiple with good to large margins all round, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, oval LENTINI despatch handstamp and oval ASSICURATA, both handstamps in red alongside, on registered cover to Noto. Double rate letter for two sheets between two offices, tear in the cover at top away from the adhesives, nevertheless an attractive and exceptional multiple franking. Signed G. Bolaffi & Em. Diena; cert. E. Diena (1972) Sassone = € 35'000 for a strip of four of the light shade on cover. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 2,500.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6452 image1859: A choice group of three covers bearing single fine and fresh frankings of the 2 grana from the first plate including 2 gr. blue on cover from Modica to Catania, signed E. Diena & Grioni, 2 gr. cobalt on cover from Messina to Catania, cert. Raybaudi & 2 gr. light blue on cover from Trapani to Palermo, signed A. Diena. Sassone = € 2'950. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 200.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6453 image1859: 2 gr. 'azzuro vivo', carta di Napoli, position 19 from plate I, a superb example with large to huge margins all round, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, on cover directed to Palermo. Obverse struck by CALTANISETTA despatch (21 - 7 59) and "PALERMO ARRIVO 22 LUG. 59" arrival cds's in black. An attractive cover, signed Avanzo with colour indication, E. Diena Sassone = € 2'000. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 150.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6454 image1859: 2 gr. 'azzuro chairo', carta di Napoli, position 76 from plate I, a fine and fresh example with good to large margins, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to cover, oval MISTRETTA despatch handstamp and PALERMO (July 6, 1859) arrival cds alongside. Appealing cover, signed Colla with shade indication Sassone = € 2'400. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 150.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6455 image1859: 2 gr. 'cobalto scuro' carta di Napoli, from plate I, a horizontal pair from plate positions 48-49, a fresh and fine multiple with good to huge margins all round, tied to cover by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, "PALERMO PARTENZA 1 FEB. 59" despatch cds alongside, on cover to Grigenti. Appealing usage of a rare shade paying the 4 grana rate for a letter of 2 sheets. Signed Avanzo & A. Diena; cert. E. Diena (1985) Sassone = € 7'000+. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 500.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6456 image1859: 2 gr. 'azzuro chiaro', positions 15 & 14 from plate I in combination of same colour but different plates with 2 gr. azzuro, positions 62 & 63 from plate III, four fine and fresh examples with good to large margins, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to registered cover, TRAPANI despatch (Dec 6, 1859) cds, oval ASSICURATA handstamp, both in red, as well as PALERMO (Dec 7, 1859) arrival cds in black alongside. Minor toning, file folds well away from the adhesives, nevertheless a most interesting cover with this plate combination usage paying correctly the third weight rate postage, doubled for registration. Signed Avanzo & Asinelli; cert. E. Diena (1989) Sassone = € 3'500+. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 400.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6457 image1859: 2 gr. in the rare shade 'azzuro smorto', on carta di Napoli, position 100 from plate II, a fine and fresh example, good to large margins, tied by light 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, Messina despatch datestamp (Jan 29, 1859) alongside, on entire letter to Vittoria. Attractive rare shade, usage in the first month of this issue, cert. E. Diena (1986) Sassone = € 12'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 1,000.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6458 image1859: 2 gr. cobalto in a horizontal pair, carta di Napoli, positions 37-38 from plate II, a fine and fresh multiple with large to huge margins, cancelled with 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, "MESSa 1859 18 GIUG" despatch cds alongside, on cover from Messina to Acireale. Attractive triple rate cover, signed R. Mondolfo & A. Diena; cert. E. Diena (1982) Sassone = € 3'600 for two single adhesives on cover. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 350.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6459 image1859: 2 gr. 'azzuro vivo', carta di Napoli, a horizontal pair from positions 69-70 of plate II, a superb multiple with large margins and complete sheet margin at right, tied to cover by clear 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, oval LENTINI despatch handstamp in red and "PALERMO ARRIVO 26 AGO. 59" arrival cds alongside. An attractive cover with a rare shade usage, signed Emilio & Alberto Diena; certs. Raybaudi (1977), E. Diena (1979) Sassone = € 9'000 for two single adhesives on cover. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 750.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6460 image1859: 2 gr. 'azzuro verdastro', carta di Napoli, position 71 from plate III, a fine and fresh example with good to large margins and vibrant colour, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to cover from S. Agata Valdemone to Messina, oval "Sa AGATA V. D." despatch handstamp (Sassone ME = 8 punti) alongside. Reverse with Messina arrival datestamp (July 18, 1859). Appealing cover, signed A. Diena, Russo & Raybaudi with colour indication Sassone = € 1'000 + 1'000. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 150.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6461 image1859: 2 gr. 'azzuro vivo', carta di Napoli, position 91 from plate III, a fine and fresh example with fair to large margins, part sheet margin at base, tied by crisp 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to cover from Catania to Messina, superb wreathed despatch cds (May 27, 1859) alongside. Reverse with Messina arrival datestamp (May 29, 1859). Appealing cover, cert. Colla (2022) Sassone = € 2'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 150.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6462 image1859: 5 gr. carmine from plate I, a fine and fresh example with fair to large margins, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to entire letter from Palermo to Girgenti, despatch cds (Feb 10, 59) alongside. An attractive single usage for a letter of 2½ sheets, an appealing entire. Signed Mondolfo, Raybaudi & Avanzo; cert E. Diena (1986) Sassone = € 9'750.rnProvenance: Collection 'Scilla e Cariddi' di Napoli et Sicilia, Giacomo Avanzo sale (Feb. 1989), lot 357. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 750.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6463 image1859: 5 gr. in the extremely rare vermillion shade from plate I in combination with 1 gr. 'verde oliva', carta di Napoli, from plate III, two fresh and fine examples with fair to huge margins all round, tied by one light strike of the 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, oval ASSICURATA and PALERMO despatch cds (Jan 31, 1860) alongside, on registered cover directed to Noto. Minor toning of the cover, nevertheless an appealing franking with this 5 gr. shade paying 3 grana for 1½ sheets from office to office, doubled by registration. Signed Em. Diena; cert. E. Diena (1986) Sassone = € 46'500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 3,000.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6464 image1859: 10 gr. 'azzuro cupo', plate position 55, a fine and fresh example with good to large margins, tied by light 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to cover from Palermo to Genova, despatch cds (May 11, 59) and "VIA DI SARZANA" routing handstamp alongside. Reverse with Napoli transit (May 12) cds and Genova arrival (May 17) handstamp, both in red. Interesting and attractive, underpaid and therefore taxed, an interesting franking. Signed Grioni; cert E. Diena (1983) Sassone = € 6'250. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 500.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6465 image1859: 10 gr. 'azzuro cupo' and 1 gr. 'bruno oliva chiaro' from plate II, two fresh and fine adhesives with fair to large margins all round, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to cover from Messina to Napoli, endorsed "Col Postale francese". Despatch datestamp (May 23, 1859) alongside, reverse with arrival datestamp (May 24). An appealing franking paying correctly the 11 grana rate from Sicily to Napoli for one letter sheet. Signed A. Diena, A. Bolaffi & Avanzo; cert. E. Diena (1987) Sassone = € 7'150.rnProvenance: Collection 'Scilla e Cariddi' di Napoli et Sicilia, Giacomo Avanzo sale (Feb. 1989), lot 390. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 600.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6466 image1859: 10 gr. indigo, 5 gr. carmine from plate I, two single adhesives in combination with a horizontal pair of ½ gr. orange, positions 79-80 from plate I, pos. 79 retouched, five fresh and fine examples with good to huge margins all round, all in a vivid shade, tied by light strikes of the 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to cover from Messina to Carrara, Tuscany. Despatch datestamp (June 12, 1859) alongside. Reverse with CARRARA arrival (June 16) cds. A gorgeous three colour franking. Signed Ressel & Renato Mondolfo; certs. A. Diena (1968), E. Diena (1982) Sassone = € 43'250+. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 4,000.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6467 image1859: 20 gr. 'grigio ardesia', a corner marginal example from plate position 10 in combination with 2 gr. 'blue' in a horizontal pair from positions 21-22 of plate III, three fine and fresh examples with fair to huge margins all round, all in a deep vivid shade, tied by light strikes of the 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp to cover from Trapani to Pennabilli, Emilia-Romagna, Papal States. Obverse with indistinct despatch cds in red and Palermo transit (Dec 7, 1859) cds in black. Reverse with clear Napoli transit cds (Dec 8) in red. An interesting franking, paying the postage until the Papal border, the receiver had to pay '17' (bajocchi) for the Papal part of the journey. Cert. E. Diena (1984) Sassone = € 13'700. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 1,000.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6468 imageBourbon cancellations on Sardinian adhesives 1861 (May 12): Sardegna 1861 10 c. 'grigio olivastro scuro', a fresh and fine adhesive with large margins all round, tied by bourbon-style oval LEONFORTE handstamp (Sassone CT/EN = 11 punti) to entire letter to Palermo. Reverse with PALERMO arrival cds of the next day. Usage of Sardinian adhesives in their second week in Sicily, special 10 centesimi rate within Sicily. Signed Colla; cert. E. Diena (1987) Sassone = € 3'250. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 250.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6469 imageItalian Post Offices in Sicily 1862 (Nov 30): Vittorio Emanuele II, 10 c. 'bistro giallastro', a fresh and fine adhesive tied by the extremely rare RACCUJA cds (Sassone ME = 12 punti) to cover to Messina. Only two covers known with this elusive datestamp, the post office was established in July 1862, special 10 centesimi rate within Sicily. Signed A. Diena & Sorani; cert. Bottacchi (2002) Sassone = € 1'750 + 5'500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 400.00
Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM

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