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Serbia continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
1925 1848/1920c.: Serbia collection in four volumes with accent on the postmarks, with covers/cards (167), multiples and fine strikes on single stamps or pieces, arranged in alphabetical order from (approximately) Alexandrovac to Uzice and Zajecar; Alexsinac with stampless covers onwards, Arandyelovatz usage from 1866, Babusnitza, Bajna-Batsa from 1881, one entire volume on the subject of Belgrade, Bor, Brza Palanka from 1889, Brzan with 1869 issue covers (2) and 1880 issue reg'd cover, Golubac from 1887, Grocka with 1869 cover, Jovanovac, Kladovo with 1877 cover, Kragujevatz from 1882, Krupanj, Kursumlija from 1886, Lazarevac and Lapovo from 1889, Leskovac from 1880 issue, Nis from 1877, Petrovac from 1874, Pozarevac from 1842, Raca, Rasca, Smedorovo from pre-stamp onwards, Svilajenac from 1873, Tekija from 1869, Ub from 1869 issue cover, Vlastotinci, Vranja, Zajecar from 1868 etc., many further towns and villages not mentioned above, including some yet to be mounted loose stamps and covers. A delightful 'old-time' lot seldom seen today, viewing is a pleasure.

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
Sicily
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
1543 image1859 (Jan 1): ½ gr. yellow-brown, Plate I, a used example of bold colour, ample margins all round, crisply cancelled in black. A very rare stamp. Cert. Dr. Avi (2019) Sassone = € 24'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
1544 image1859: ½ gr. orange, Plate II, a used example of fresh colour, close to large margins all round, lightly cancelled in black. Rare. Signed E.Diena. Cert. Dr. Avi (2022) Sassone = € 7'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
1545 image1859: 1 gr. brownish olive-green 'bruno olivastro', Plate I, State 2, a used example of this rare shade, good margins all round, well cancelled in black leaving the head clear, backed into original piece. A fine example of a scarce stamp. Cert. Dr. Avi (2020) Sassone = € 2'500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
1546 image5 gr. vivid vermilion, 2nd plate in compl. sheet of 100 examples with full sheet margins, original gum which is intact for the majority of the examples, very fresh, minute oxidation traces in the upper and left sheet margin. A spectacular rarity. Cert. Enzo Diena (1986) Sassone = € 225'000 for 25 blocks of four.rnProvenance: Collection Alphonse Rothschild (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
1547 image1859 (May 19): 5 gr. vermilion, Plate IIa, a used example of fine colour, close to good margins all round, lightly cancelled in black. A scarce stamp. Cert. Carraro (2003) Sassone = € 5'500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
1548 image1859 (Jan 1): 20 gr. slate-grey, a used example of good colour, ample margins all round, position 72 showing retouch to '2' and frameline above, lightly cancelled in black leaving the retouch clear. Scarce. Signed E. Diena,. Cert. Dr. Avi (2019) Sassone = € 4'500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
1549 image1859 (Jan 10): 50 gr. lake-brown, Plate I, a used example of bold colour, ample margins all round, lightly cancelled in black leaving the head clear. A scarce stamp. Signed E. Diena. Cert. Dr. Chiavarello (1999) Sassone = € 12'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
1550 image1820/38: REAL SERVIZIO handstamp in red on 1820 (June) letter (earliest usage known) with adjacent 1820/38 SCICLI oval h.s. as well as REAL SERVIZIO in black on 1838 letter from NASO, both to Palermo. Fine and rare. (Image 1)



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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
1551 image1861: Sardegna used in Sicily, Group of three letters including scarce usage of black horse shoe cancel (ferro di cavallo) applied to 1861 10 c. brown olive grey on letter from S. Stefano di Camastra (July 1, 1861) to Messina (Sassone R3, ex. coll. Nino Aquila with 1976 cert. A. Diena), further straight line SCICLI (Sass. 12 pt.) struck to 10 c. bruno cioccolato scuro (on of only eight letters known in this shade, Sassone 14Ce) on 1861 (July 21) letter to Palermo one of only eight letters know and the only in this shade (signed by Giulio Bolaffi 1949 and Alberto Diena plus cert. Enzo Diena, 1995), as well as a fine strike of ovale BROLO handstamp (Sass. R1) applied to 10 c. grigio olivastro chiaro on 1861 (May 23) dated letter to Palermo (cert. Enzo Diena, 1995). A fine selection of three very scarce usages Sass. = € 60'000.rn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
2105 imageItaly - Sicilia, Diena, Emilio 1904; A HISTORY OF THE POSTAGE STAMPS OF SICILY with twenty plates of Autotype illustrations. 143 pages, translated by E. B. Evans, published by Stanley Gibbons London. Half leather hardbound with raised spine, gold tooled. A very rare monograph. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Closing..May-31, 11:59 PM
6441 imageSicilian Shipmail 1854 (March 5): Unpaid entire letter from Trapani to Palermo, struck by oval TRAPANI handstamp in red with clear "ANTo E GIUSe LIPARI QUD. NICOLO TRAPANI" cachet showing a steamer and transported goods in black alongside. Reverse with "6 MAR 1854" arrival datestamp in red. Attractive. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6442 image1859: ½ gr. 'giallo chiaro' plate I in a horizontal pair in combination with 1 gr. 'bruno oliva chiaro' plate II, a single example, all fresh and fine adhesives with vivid colour and good to huge margins all round, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, oval LEONFORTE despatch handstamp (Sassone CT = 4 punti) and CATANIA (June 20, 1859) arrival cds alongside, on entire letter. An attractive and most unusual combination to pay the 2 grana rate for a letter from office to office. Signed Em. Diena; cert. E. Diena (1989) Sassone = € 55'900+.rnProvenance: Collection Rothschild. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6443 image1859: ½ gr. 'arancio chiaro' plate I (NA) in combination with 2 gr. 'azzuro chiaro' plate I (PA) in a horizontal pair from plate positions 31+32, position 31 with partial double print, fresh and fine adhesives with vivid colour and fair to huge margins all round, tied by light 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, on first and second page of a printed administrative report, sent under wrapper to Caltagirone, PALERMO despatch cds (Oct 13, 1859) alongside, returned and add. PALERMO strike upon return (Oct. 28). A most unusual combination to pay the 4½ grana printed matter rate of the 9th weight rate. Cert. E. Diena (1983) Sassone: double print listed but unpriced. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6444 image1859: 1 gr. 'bruno ruggine' from plate I in a fresh and fine horizontal pair with good to huge margins all round, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, oval GIRGENTI despatch handstamp alongside, "PALERMO ARRIVO 18 MAR. 59" arrival cds struck on right stamp and cover. An appealing franking from the first plate to pay the 2 grana rate from office to office. Signed Sassone & A. Diena; cert. Bottacchi (2000) Sassone = € 17'500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6445 image1859: 1 gr. in the rare shade 'bruno olivastro' from plate I, state II, two fresh and fine single adhesives from plate postions 30 & 33 with good to large margins all round, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, "MESa 1859 / 5 OTTe" despatch handstamp alongside, on entire letter from Messina to Catania. An appealing franking in this rare shade to pay the 2 grana rate from office to office. Signed Russo & Bolaffi; certs. A. Diena (1975), Gazzi (1975) Sassone = € 25'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6446 image1859: 1 gr. in the rare shade 'bruno oliva grigiastro' from plate I, state II, two fresh and fine single adhesives of the plate positions 5 & 6, pos. 5 with a noticeable retouche, pos. 6 with sheet margin at top, large to huge margins all round, tied by 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, on cover to Catania. Two superb adhesives in this rare shade, detached from the cover and glued back in a slightly different position, an appealing franking paying the 2 grana rate from office to office. Signed A. Diena, G. & A. Bolaffi; cert. E. Diena (1995) Sassone = € 32'500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6447 image1859: 1 gr. 'bruno ruggine intenso', an oily print from plate I, in combination with 5 gr. 'rosa carminio' from plate I, position 10, showing retouching at top left, two fresh and fine examples with good to huge margins all round, cancelled by one superb central strike of the 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, crisp oval SALEMI despatch handstamp in red alongside, on registered cover from Partanna to Palermo. Obverse with oval ASSICURATA handstamp in red and "PALERMO ARRIVO 16 NOV. 59" arrival cds in black. A splendid ensemble and a beautiful franking paying the 3 grana rate for 1½ sheets from office to office, doubled by registration. Signed Em. Diena, Golinelli & Asinelli; cert. Colla (1993) Sassone = € 19'750.rnProvenance: Collection Golinelli. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6448 image1859: 1 gr. 'bruno oliva scuro' and 1 gr. 'bruno oliva' with the typical retouche from plate position 59, both from plate II, two fresh and fine examples with good to large margins all round, tied by light strikes of 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, "PALERMO PARTENZA 5 NOV. 59" despatch cds alongside, on cover to Catania. Appealing shade combination to pay the 2 grana rate from office to office. Cert. Colla (2022) Sassone = € 3'450. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM
6449 image1859: 1 gr. 'bruno oliva' from plate II in an oily print, two fresh and fine examples with good to largge margins all round, cancelled by one central strike of 'ferro di cavallo' handstamp, indistinct "PALERMO PARTENZA 8 NOV. 59" despatch cds alongside, on entire letter to Girgenti. A fine franking paying the 2 grana rate from office to office, the slightly different shades are presumably due to the amount of oil used in the colour. Signed E. Diena, Asinelli & Avanzo Sassone = € 1'800. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jun-01, 11:59 PM

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