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From Flagship Sale 722 - Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, LLC - February 19, 2019

Lot 142 - Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 50g dark brown red (Scott 18), large margins all around, including full dividing line on three sides, used with 1g olive brown, plate I, 5g deep rose, plate I & 10g indigo (11a, 14, 16a; Sas. 3, 9, 12b)-see photo for margins, tied by fancy frame cancels on folded address leaf from Messina to Genoa; postmarked straightline "MESA 1859/ 26 SETTE" AND red straightline "PIROSCAPI/ POSTALI/ FRANCESI" with blue sender's oval and manuscript "6" * "18" rate markings; backstamped Genoa, 30 Sep, Very Fine, signed A. Diena, En. Diena, Oliva, and one other, with 1973 & 1984 Diena certificates.
Sassone 14; €220,000 ($268,400).
Scott $115,000.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

AN ETRAORDINARILY RARE COVER—NOT AMONG THE TWELVE KNOWN 50G COVERS LISTED IN SASSONE'S 2018 ITALIAN STATES CATALOGUE.

A similar franking is recorded on an April 1859 cover from Palermo to Spaccafurno
. Suggested Bid $15,000-20,000....Suggested Bid $15,000-20,000 Currently US$ 7,500

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