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From The 'Lionheart' Collection of Great Britain and British Empire - Part XII - Spink London - July 15, 2020

Lot 62 - Canada. Semi-Official Air Mail - The Tully and Medcalf Disaster Flight. 1927 (August) 25c. green and yellow, unused with original gum. One hundred of these special stamps were printed bearing the portraits of the aviators Cpt. Terrance B. Tully and Lt. James V. Medcalf, ninety of these were used on cover and loaded onto the 'Sir John Carling' aircraft in London, Ontario; after the scheduled stop at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland on the long stretch to London, England on September 7th 1927 the aircraft plunged into the Atlantic Ocean killing both crew members, the aircraft was never found and thus all of its contents lost. One cover bearing the 25c. stamp which was not loaded onto the aircraft in error is known along with just a handful of unused examples, this may be considered to be the finest. An incredibly rare and important Airmail label. Signed Kessler, E. Diena and others and accompanied by E. Diena (1987) and Sergio Sismondo (2003) Certificates. Unitrade CLP 6, $50,000+....Est. £15,000-25,000 Sold for GBP 22,000

Spink LondonThe "Lionheart" Collection part XII consists of over 300 lots from across Great Britain and the former British Empire; dotted throughout the sale are some lovely Specimen stamps including Ceylon with the 1912-25 1000r. with the broken crown and scroll variety, The popular K.U.T. 1922 set with values to £100 and the very rare Straits Settlements 1867 Surcharges. There is also a nice section of Cape of Good Hope Triangles and a fine selection of Canada and provinces Airmails including the 1927 25c. Tully and Medcalf London to London semi-official and Newfoundland with both the 1919 ‘Hawker’ 3c. and the 1927 ‘De Pinedo’ 60c. both on cover. Rhodesia is another area of note with superb imperforate varieties, a nice mint example of the perf. 15 Double Head £1 and a group of 1913 Admirals in attractive corner blocks of four.