1853 Nova Scotia #1, 1d red brown Victoria on bluish paper, stunning mint single with nice margins on each side, great colour and original gum (showing offset from the rare 1sh stamp on reverse!), very fine and accompanied by 2007 Richard Gratton AIEP certificate. A lovely example of this rare stamp in a quality that will satisfy the most discriminating collector. Unitrade CV C$9000.
Tanganyika #NL54-NL59 MAFIA ISLAND 1915 Imperial Arms set of 6 with violet or blue-grey overprints, fresh colours, fine-very fine and hinged. Accompanied by 2007 Sismondo Certificate stating "genuine in all respects, unused, with full original gum, fresh colours" and each stamp with his expert signature. A rare set (SG M27-M32 £7,100) Scott CV$5,250.
Canada #25a 1868 3¢ red Large Queen on watermarked Bothwell paper, mint strip of 3, showing "CLUT" portion of watermark, right pair has original gum with right hand stamp being never hinged, left stamp is unused no gum with a tear at top and has been rejoined to the pair to reunite it as a strip of 3, fine and a tremendously rare multiple. Mint examples of watermarked Large Queens are rare, any multiples of the watermarked Large Queens are scarce to rare, but this mint strip of 3 of the 3¢ with watermark is believed to be unique and the largest multiple for this value. Accompanied by 2004 Greene Foundation certificate. Catalogued as 3 singles (1 no gum, 1 o.g. and 1 NH). Unitrade CV$24,000.
Newfoundland #C4 1927 60c black with red De Pinedo Flight airmail overprint on cover, well centered stamp showing the overprint shifted to left (D of DE is mostly missing) tied by machine cancel on Government House cover mailed by Stuart Goodfellow from St. John’s MY 20 1927 with two strikes of Trepassey MY 21 1927 split ring, Rome JU 22 backstamp, to England with JU 25 arrival cancel nicely tying the stamp at bottom. The cover was forwarded back to Government House in St. John’s. Very fine and accompanied by 2007 Greene Foundation and 1980 Enzo Dina certificates and with the latter’s signature to the left of the stamp.
A rare cover as only 300 overprinted stamps were prepared with several examples kept in mint condition and several used examples having been removed from covers. The Marchese Francesco de Pinedo reached Trepassey, Newfoundland, on May 20, 1927 in the course of his round the world flight aboard the Santa Maria II. On May 23 he took off on his attempt to fly to Rome via the Azores. Unitrade CV$25,000.