Lot 712 France #9c 1850 1fr dark carmine Cérès Imperforate, a used block of four, with “grille sand fin” cancels, large margins on three sides close to just in at left. Signed on back by Aimé Brun. This is a rare block of four, cataloguing €17,750 in the Maury / Spink catalogue and €16,500 in Yvert & Tellier. Rsv. Scott CV U$15,000.
Lot 137 Canada #40e 1874 10c pale milky rose lilac Small Queen, Perforated 11½ x 12, mint with full original streaky white gum, with a small hinge remnant. This remarkable stamp possesses bright, fresh colour, which is rarely seen on this shade. A beautiful example of this scarce mint stamp, very fine. Ex. Ted Nixon, Daniel Cantor. Rsv. Unitrade CV$4,000.