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China continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
21 620-627 vars imageChina (People's Republic), 1962, Mei Lan-fang, imperforate (C94i) complete (Scott 620-627 vars), A spectacular set of mint never hinged imprint blocks of seven, each as fresh as the day they were handed across the post office counter. As normal, the imprint appears in the top margin of vertical-design stamps, while the horizontal designs have their imprint in the side margin. Not only are the colors bright and the paper fresh, but the gum—so often the victim of time—is, across the board, as pristine as you will ever see. These blocks are pretty much flawless, and are one of the largest known sets of blocks extant in exceptional condition. An opportunity like this rarely comes along, Extremely Fine.

Price: $85,000; £66,660; €72,340; 850,000 SEK; HK$663,000. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8)

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22 628 imageChina (People's Republic), 1962, Mei Lan-fang souvenir sheet (C94M) (Scott 628), clean clear crisp corners, unblemised 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, a true condition quality rarity considering the small quantity of only 10,000 printed.

Scott $18,500.

Price: $18,000; £14,100; €15,320; 180,000 SEK; HK$140,400. (Image) (Image2)

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Scott $18,500
23 999A imageChina (People's Republic), 1968, "The Whole Country is Red" (W14) (Scott 999A). Over the decades, we have had the privilege of selling or inspecting many examples of this iconic, world-famous issue. That being said, considering overall quality and condition, this example is without peer.

The stamp itself is in true "Post Office fresh" condition, a visually stunning top margin example, with the most perfect centering we have ever seen ("mathematically perfect" doesn't do this stamp justice). The gum is flawless, and the perforations are perfect and uniform all around. And the "extra real estate" at top further adds to the appeal of this remarkable stamp. Superb, original gum, never hinged, is not an overstatement to be sure.

This connoisseur example absolutely demands placement in the finest of singles collections.

Scott $135,000.

Price: $125,000; £98,000; €106,380; 1,250,000 SEK; HK$975,000. (Image)

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Scott $135,000
Colombia
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
24 () 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.

Scott $4,320.

Price: $1,900; £1,490; €1,615; 19,000 SEK; HK$14,820. (Image)

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Scott $4,320
25 () 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.

Scott $5,975.

Price: $2,500; £1,960; €2,125; 25,000 SEK; HK$19,500. (Image)

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Scott $5,975
Czechoslovakia
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
26 () 372 var. imageCzechoslovakia, 1949, 1st Anniversary of the Communist Rule, special 3k red presentation sheet (Scott 372 var.), without gum as issued, signed by Minister of Posts, Alois Neumann; very faint vertical discoloration, otherwise Very Fine, very rare—only 100 were produced; signed Möbs with letter of explanation.

Price: $1,500; £1,175; €1,275; 15,000 SEK; HK$11,700. (Image)

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27 E 1302 imageCzechoslovakia, 1965, 2Kcs Women's Gymnastics, original artwork of unadopted design (Scott 1302), on cardstock, approximately 90 x 151 mm, an early proposal by A. Pdozemná, the designer of the issued stamp, in pencil and wash. The original rough sketch in pencil still visible, with various changes already present in the brown and gold watercolors used to flesh out the design. An example of the issued stamp (hinge remnant) is included, showing just how different a final design can be from a first thought. The artwork's face is pristine; prior mounting residue present at top reverse. The artwork also bears a two-line handstamp "návrh/POFIS" on reverse.

Price: $750; £590; €640; 7,500 SEK; HK$5,850. (Image) (Image2)

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28 () 2527 var imageCzechoslovakia, 1984, Unissued 1K Pole Vaulter inscribed "Los Angeles 1984" (Scott 2527 var. Yvert 2600 var), without gum (as often), pristine and perfectly centered, Extremely Fine; signed Karásek with his 1992 certificate. Yvert €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.


Price: $2,000; £1,570; €1,700; 20,000 SEK; HK$15,600. (Image)

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Finland
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
29 1 imageFinland, 1856, Coat-of-Arms, 5k blue (Scott 1. Facit 1 I b), horizontal pair, simply a stunning piece of Finnish postal history: one of the two known unused pairs of Finland's first stamp, with near proof-quality printing and deep color. The vertical crease between the stamps affects neither, and may date from the time of use, the sheet having been folded to assist separation. Accompanied by 2018 Cyril Schwenson certificate noting that "the original gum has dried out and left hard visible surface and also overall brown toning which is normal for this issue with gum." Hinge (plus a couple remnants) on reverse mentioned for accuracy; Very Fine to Extremely Fine. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Price: $35,000; £27,450; €29,785; 350,000 SEK; HK$273,000. (Image)

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France
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
30 9b imageFrance, 1849, Ceres, 1fr brown carmine (Scott 9b. Yvert 6B), a lovely unused single with ample to large margins, marvelous color and some o.g., with a Paris guarantee handstamp on reverse, Very Fine.

Scott $10,000. Yvert €18,500 ($21,740).

Price: $4,500; £3,530; €3,830; 45,000 SEK; HK$35,100. (Image)

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Scott $10,000
31 BM1 imageFrance, 1870 (Sep 23), Ballon Monté Neptune (Scott BM1. Maury 1), folded letter to Antwerp, Belgium franked with 30c Napoleon Laureate tied by "2" in star with "Paris/Pl. St. Lazare" c.d.s., Sep 22, and red "PD"; backstamped Antwerp Oct 19 (inverted day), F.-V.F.

Scott $10,500. Maury €15,000 ($17,620).

A rare and desirable cover carried on the first balloon to leave Paris after the establishment of the siege.


Price: $7,500; £5,880; €6,380; 75,000 SEK; HK$58,500. (Image)

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Scott $10,500
32 P 300, 300a imageFrance, 1935, S.S. Normandie, 1.50fr dark blue & light blue (Scott 300, 300a. Yvert 299, 300), 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.

The Oxbridge of French philately.


Price: $1,500; £1,175; €1,275; 15,000 SEK; HK$11,700. (Image)

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33 300b imageFrance, 1936, S.S. Normandie, 1.50fr blue green, unissued (Scott 300b. Yvert 300A), 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, A mint copy of the stamp catalogues €37,500; neither Yvert nor Maury lists an épreuve deluxe.

A stunning—and certainly rare—proof, destined for the finest collection.

Price: $7,500; £5,880; €6,385; 75,000 SEK; HK$58,500. (Image)

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34 B92, B205 imageFrance, 1946, Inauguration of the Postal Museum (Scott B92, B205. Maury 446, 753), 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: $9,500; £7,450; €8,085; 95,000 SEK; HK$74,100. (Image)

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35   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: $3,000; £2,350; €2,550; 30,000 SEK; HK$23,400. (Image)

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French Colonies
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
36 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: $5,000; £3,925; €4,250; 50,000 SEK; HK$39,000. (Image)

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German States: Baden
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
37 o 4b imageGerman States: Baden, 1851, 9kr black on blue green, color error (Scott 4b. Michel 4F), 1st printing, a new discovery of one of German philately's rarest stamps.

One of only five known errors of color (three of the other four are on cover or piece, one is unused; one cover held by the Reichspost Museum in Berlin), accompanied by a four-page 2018 Sismondo certificate which describes the stamp and its kin in exhaustive detail.

This stamp, with margins clear at bottom and touching the other three sides, bears a four-ring numeral "25" postmark of Konstanz. The blue green paper, intended solely for printing the 6kr value of the First Issue, has changed over time to a yellowish green (as has the paper on the sole unused example), most likely due to less-than-optimal storage conditions in the past 168 years. The stamp has a small wedge of paper (approximately 1.5mm long and 0.5mm wide) separating at the upper right corner, two fairly large thins on reverse (gained in its removal from its document or cover), and abrasion of the black ink, giving the stamp a gray impression.

Just how this error came about is still a matter of conjecture. The prevailing theory is that one or more sheets of 90 subjects were printed on the wrong color stock, but a competing theory holds that a 9kr cliché was accidentally inserted into the 6kr printing plate. Both possibilities have their pros and cons-and will likely never be determined beyond a reasonable doubt. Whatever the reason for the error, the qualities of the paper used, and the specifics of the design, all lead to the conclusion that this is a genuine example., one of only five known errors of color, the only off-cover example.

Scott $1,300,000. Michel €1,000,000 ($1,175,000).

This is one savvy collector's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain a true exhibition-worthy rarity.


Price: $275,000; £215,700; €234,000; 2,750,000 SEK; HK$2,145,000. (Image)

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Scott $1,300,000
Great Britain
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
38 () 3 var imageGreat Britain, 1841, Queen Victoria, 1d red brown, imprimatur (Scott 3 var. SG 8 var), a stunning top right corner margin single, lettered "AL", with partial sheet inscription and plate number "136"; hinge lip remaining at very top of selvage, Very Fine, rare, Ex-Clark (1946).

Price: $3,000; £2,350; €2,550; 30,000 SEK; HK$23,400. (Image)

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39 96a var. imageGreat Britain, 1883, Queen Victoria, 2s6d deep lilac on bluish paper, Anchor watermark (Scott 96a var. SG 179a), "IB", an absolute gem, with exceptional color, blueing and gum, o.g., lightly hinged, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, very rare so fine; with 2006 Brandon certificate. SG £9,000 ($11,480).

Price: $4,500; £3,530; €3,830; 45,000 SEK; HK$35,100. (Image)

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40   imageGreat Britain, 1890, Alice in Wonderland postage-stamp case, invented by Lewis Carroll; a colorful, illustrated bi-fold case, approximately 3" x 4" when folded, that provides slots for various denominations of stamps and fits into a matching slipcase. The Stamp Case and its slipcase feature scenes from Carroll's Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Carroll had it made to accompany his essay, "Eight or Nine Words About Letter-Writing", a similarly sized 40-page booklet, that is included with the case. Also included is the original envelope in which the case and booklet were sold. The envelope has some edge wear and a bit of damp staining but the stamp case, its slipcase and the booklet are all pristine. A marvelous collateral item for any stamp collector.

In his essay, Carroll writes that the case is "not intended to be carried about in your pocket", but to "haunt your envelope-case, or wherever you keep your writing-materials". He goes on to say that the reason he invented it "was the constantly wanting Stamps of other values, for foreign Letters, Parcel Posts, &c., and finding it very bothersome to get at the kind I wanted in a hurry.".


Price: $500; £392; €425; 5,000 SEK; HK$3,900. (Image)

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