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LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
41   imageChina: Manchukuo, Airmail, 1945, Patriotic Aviation Fund (unissued) complete, set of two se-tenant pairs, o.g., never hinged, fresh mint, Very Fine, Price: $15,000, rare and popular items.
Chan MKU2. J.S.C.A. U1-4. (Image)

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42   imageChina (People's Republic), 1962, Mei Lan-fang souvenir sheet (C94M), clean clear crisp corners, unblemished original gum, complete printing, flawless, o.g., never hinged, one of, if not the, finest examples that we have had the pleasure to offer, without any of the blemishes and imperfections that so often plague this issue, Superb this sheet is without the normally associated flaws that plague this sheet, Price: $18,000, a true condition quality rarity considering the small quantity of only 10,000 printed.
Scott 628; $18,500. (Image) (Image2)

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43 () C11 imageColombia, Airmail, 1920, 10c green, Flier in Plane Watching Biplane (Scott C11), a pristine complete pane of 72, fresh from the lithographer's stone. The designs were laid down in blocks of four, with resultant minor mis-registrations between blocks readily apparent. The full sheet layout—two horizontal panes of 72—can be surmised by the ragged left-hand margin (in contrast to the cut top, right and bottom sheet margins). Overall fresh and bright, though expect an age spot or two or minor marginal wrinkle.

A great find for the Colombian aerophilatelist, or for your inner printer's devil., Price: $1,500. (Image)

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Scott $4,320
44 () C11C-C11D vars imageColombia, Airmail, 1920, 10c red brown, Biplane over Sea & Mountains (Scott C11C-C11D vars), in a full pane of 68. Sixty images se-tenant, with #C11C and C11D alternating in ten rows of six, plus an additional two columns of four juxtaposed at the foot of the sheet. Lower left corner, otherwise blank, contains the "corner card" of the printer: "C. Valientem./Litografo/B'quilla." The two juxtaposed columns are arranged tête-bêche, providing Scott #C11Cj, and the full sheet will of course contain the "redrawn mountain" variety at position 23 (#C11Dl). Part of a much larger press sheet, as evidenced by the irregular margins all around. A few minor wrinkles but otherwise fresh and clean., Price: $1,900. (Image)

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Scott $5,975
45 () 2527 var imageCzechoslovakia, 1984, Unissued 1K Pole Vaulter inscribed "Los Angeles 1984" (Scott 2527 var), without gum (as often), pristine and perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, Price: $1,750, signed Karásek with his 1992 certificate.
Yvert 2600 var; €7,500 ($8,810).

When the Soviet Union (and by extension, the Eastern Bloc countries) decided to boycott the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, all stamp stocks that had already been printed were recalled and destroyed. In Czechoslovakia, only a very few examples—17 or 18, according to one source—of the 1K value survived.

The Czech set of four (Scott #2527-2530) was subsequently reprinted without the three-line upper left inscription referring to the Olympics and Los Angeles.

A key item for the Czechoslovakia or Olympics collector.
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46 P 300, 300a imageFrance, 1935, S.S. Normandie, 1.50fr dark blue & light blue (Scott 300, 300a), a pair of proofs, one in each shade of the issued stamp; the dark blue die-sunk on machine-deckled card, the light blue on wove with the "Atelier de Fabrication des Timbres-Poste - Paris" imprint at lower right; both signed in pencil "Decaris" (Albert Decaris, the stamp's designer and engraver); dark blue with partially scraped-away paperclip stain at far left of margin, well away from die impression, Very Fine, Price: $1,200.
Yvert 299, 300.

The Oxbridge of French philately
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47 P 300b imageFrance, 1936, S.S. Normandie, 1.50fr blue green, unissued (Scott 300b), die-sunk on card with the clarity expected of a proof—and a real eye-catcher in the unissued color; vertical line of toning along left side reverse of no consequence, Very Fine, Price: $4,500, A mint copy of the stamp catalogues €37,500; neither Yvert nor Maury lists an épreuve deluxe.
Yvert 300A.

A stunning—and certainly rare—proof, destined for the finest collection
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48 B92, B205 imageFrance, 1946, Inauguration of the Postal Museum (Scott B92, B205), boxed presentation set of special proofs comprising the 1939 40c + 60c Honoré's "The Letter" (B92): Artist's die proofs (2) in black and in vermilion; deluxe proofs (3) in bright violet and two in the issued colors, one with remarque in margin; and an imperforate sheet of 25; and the 1946 2f + 3f Chardin's "The Letter" (B205): Artist's die proofs (2) in black on greenish and in blue on yellowish; deluxe proofs (3) in deep vermilion on blue and two in the issued color, one with remarque in margin; and an imperforate sheet of 25; plus two collective proofs: one large format (approximately 11" x 7"), imperforate, the other in a small format, perforated. Also included are several large decorative engravings made for the occasion. As for condition, the box itself has some minor wear and spotting, but the contents are all clean and Very Fine, the imperforate sheets being never hinged. A fabulous presentation., Price: $6,000.
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49   imageFrance, 1739-1810, Autograph Letters from the Duchy of Lorraine and France, housed in an oversized sheet file book, 19 letters all in virtually pristine condition. The first and oldest is dated 19 December 1739, addressed to unknown gentlemen from Prince Charles of Lorraine. At the time, Lorraine was an autonomous Duchy within the Holy Roman Empire, and Charles (1712-80) served as an Austrian general, becoming field marshal of the Imperial Army and governor of the Austrian Netherlands.

The remaining 18 letters, dated between 1808 and 1810, are from Charles-François Lebrun (1739-1824), who played a number of important roles in France in its turbulent oscillations between monarchy and republic. Lebrun studied modern languages and law, and during Louis XV's reign served as secretary to the president of parliament, royal censor and crown inspector. Come the Revolution, Lebrun published the Voix du citoyen, later being named to the Estates General where he established many of the Republic's financial laws. Though staunchly against the creation of a new nobility, he served under Napoléon (and his heirs), rising to Arch-Treasurer of the Empire and even gaining the title of Duke of Plaisance. In the literary field, he published translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey and Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, as well as a monograph, Lettres sur les finances.

A lovely compilation for the francophile, and a window into the early years of the French Empire., Price: $2,250. (Image)

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50 P   imageFrench Colonies, 1946, Book of Decaris Proofs, Du Tchad au Rhin. A glorious hardcover presenting proofs in blue of Albert Decaris' "Victory" stamp and "From Chad to the Rhine" series, issued throughout the French Colonies in 1946. The seven designs (Scott Common Designs #CD92-CD98) range in value from 5F to 50F, and their motifs follow the Second Division's advance from Africa to the Liberation of Paris, plus an allegorical depiction of Victory. Issuing entities run (in French alphabetical order) from French Equatorial Africa to Wallis & Futuna.

Produced by the Institut de Gravure in Paris, this is an "Album de Grand Luxe", half-bound in deep blue leather over papered boards, with title gold-stamped between raised bands, with proofs printed one per page on hand-made laid paper (top edge gilt), with each page signed by Decaris in pencil. Issued in an edition of 30 copies, this is copy #5. The book is sound and complete, including all bound-in interleaving, and the proofs are as fresh as the day they were pulled. Previous owner's penciled markings on fly leaf should be easily erasable.

A stunning addition to your library, philatelic or otherwise., Price: $3,750. (Image)

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51   imageFrench Colonies, 1946, "Chad to the Rhine" March, complete set of deluxe proofs, six proofs for each of the 15 Colonies, 90 in total, each with the official embossed seal, scarce complete set, Very Fine, Sold, extremely rare as a complete set. (Image)

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52   imageGreat Britain, 1997, Queen Elizabeth II, deep green (as used for 2p), light grey (as used for the 29p), flame (as used for 1st class, undenominated trials), full panes of 100, a limited supply of these were discovered, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, Price: $9,500, each with photocopies of 2017 R.P.S.L. certificates that were issued for the discovery set of sheets,

Machin trials discovered after 20 years

Sheets of three trials of the Machin head, produced in 1997, have come to light in this the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Arnold Machin's iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Machin definitives were first printed in lithography in 1980 as Royal Mail expanded its range of suppliers. However, by the mid-1990s it had decided that all the standard definitives should be printed in gravure. At the time The House of Questa, based in south London, did not have gravure capability.

As the company wished to participate in all future tenders for Royal Mail stamps, whether printed by litho or gravure, in gummed or self-adhesive versions in sheets or stamp booklets, it decided to make a major investment in a gravure press and an automated booklet maker. To achieve the best, Questa partnered with a number of highly qualified and renowned organisations to deliver the skills, processes and technology required to ensure it would be ready for production in less than 18 months.

Courvoisier, based in Switzerland, was at that time arguably the finest gravure stamp printer in Europe. The company agreed to assist Questa with technical advice and cylinder making. As part of this process Royal Mail gave permission for a print trial at Courvoisier using the Machin head: the original material to enable the trial to take place was supplied by Questa. Part of the thinking at the time was that Courvoisier might undertake the production of the cylinders needed for final stamp printing on behalf of Questa, but this did not materialise.

The undenominated trials were produced in October 1997 in sheets of 100 (from larger sheets of 200 guillotined in two) with the Courvoisier imprint along the vertical margins. They exist in three colours: deep green (as used for the 2p), light grey (as used at the time for the 29p), and flame (as used for 1st class). Courvoisier had printed the then current Kenya definitives, these being of the same overall size as the Machin definitives. As a consequence, the trials were printed on coated paper without phosphor bands, and have perforation 15 x 14. However, the stamp image is slightly smaller than that used on Machin definitives.

Barry Robinson, then Design Director of Royal Mail, visited Courvoisier to see the preparations. It is believed the trial sheets were printed on one of the small gravure printing presses at Courvoisier, some being printed during the visit.

The gravure press and the automated booklet line were produced by ATN in France. The new machinery would not fit within Questa's original base in Camberwell: the move to Byfleet was part of the development.

Courvoisier was founded in 1880 and started printing stamps in 1937. It was noted for the high quality of its photogravure work, but sadly it ran into financial difficulties and ceased trading in 2001.
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53   imageGreat Britain, The Beatles, "Love from The Beatles" with Paul, John, George and Ringo's signatures, on the reverse of a US 2¢ postal card (#UX38); signatures clean and as fresh as the day they were written; card with small faults of no consequence; accompanied by Royal Post's 2007 Beatles issue presentation pack to provide a colorful and fun backdrop, Price: $10,000. (Image) (Image2)

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54 3 imageItalian States: Lombardy-Venetia, 1850, Arms, 10c black, hand-made paper (Scott 3), a pretty four-margined horizontal strip of 6 canceled by script "Isola della Scala/14 GIU" (1853) handstamps on an outer folded letter to Castelfranco; backstamped "CASTELFRANCO/15 GIUNO" straightline handstamp; the strip has been partially lifted at the left end to affect small repairs to the edges of the two left stamps; it was then re-affixed and the whole is otherwise Very Fine and most attractive. An exceedingly rare usage, Price: $4,500, signed En. Diena, with his 1979 certificate.
Michel 2 X a. Sassone 2. (Image) (Image2)

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Sassone €57,500 ($67,560)
55 () 12 imageItalian States: Lombardy-Venetia, 1859-63, mixed issue franking (Scott 12), a small 1863 cover front with part of the back from Venezia to Paris, France, franked with an 1859 15s blue, type II (#12) and an 1863 10s blue (#18) tied by 17 Nov Venezia c.d.s.'s and bearing a red "P.D." handstamp and a red 20 Nov Culoz, France entry c.d.s. A lovely example of this extraordinarily rare franking, Price: $9,500, signed M. Raybaudi & Dr. Avi, with the latter's 2015 certificate.
Michel 11 II. Sassone 32, 39. (Image) (Image2)

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Sassone €140,000 for a full cover ($164,500)
56 44115 imageItalian States: Modena, 1859, Provisional Govt., 5c green & 15c brown (Scott 10-11), each with four large balanced margins, tied by 9-bar cancels on a small outer folded letter from Modena to Pisa; postmarked with a Modena c.d.s., 22 Oct 1859 with a boxed "P.D." and backstamped Pisa on 24 Oct, Very Fine, Price: $3,500, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone 12-13. (Image)

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Sassone €50,000 ($58,750)
57 23c imageItalian States: Naples, 1861, Neapolitan Provinces, 5g carmine rose, head inverted (Scott 23c), an extraordinary mint block of 25 with full margins all around and fresh, never hinged original gum, Very Fine, Price: $4,500, signed En. Diena & Dr. Avi, with 2016 Avi and 1991 Diena certificates, the latter for the part-sheet of 50 from which this block was taken.
Scott $31,250 as hinged singles. Sassone 21h. (Image)

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Sassone €62,500 as hinged singles ($73,440)
58 4 var. imageItalian States: Papal/Roman States, 1852, 3b black on "light leather brown" (Scott 4 var.), a mint block of 4, positions 7-8/12-13, position 12 showing the big flaw in the letter "B" of "BAJ", full o.g. with a couple of light natural gum bends and minor gum soaks; neither of which is really relevant or mentioned in the accompanying certificate, Very Fine, Price: $9,000, signed Em. Diena, A. Diena, Fiecchi and Dr. Avi, with 2014 Avi certificate.
Sassone 4Aca.

A unique positional block of four—the big flaw is not even priced in mint condition
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Sassone €80,000 +++ ($94,000)
59 7b imageItalian States: Papal/Roman States, 1852, 6b black on grayish lilac (Scott 7b), a lovely mint block of 4, o.g., ample to large margins all around; top stamps each with a small thin, otherwise Very Fine, Price: $750.
Scott $6,800 as singles. Sassone 7A. (Image)

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Sassone €16,250 ($19,090)
60 1a imageItalian States: Romagna, 1859, ½b black on straw, diagonal bisect (Scott 1a), in a pair with a full ½b, large margins except barely shaved at lower left, tied by light diamond grid cancel on reverse of a small folded letter sent mailed locally in Bologna, front bares a Bologna c.d.s., 1 Dec 1859 and the reverse a lightly struck "P.L." in circle distribution marking, Very Fine, Price: $1,500, an exceptional example of this rare bisect, signed Em. Diena, Sorani, Sismondo, and one other, with 2006 Sismondo and 2002 Briefmarken Prüfstelle certificates.
Sassone 1; €32,500 ($38,190). (Image)

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Scott $16,250

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