Sold for $8050 — Lot 1057, Canada #25a strip of three

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).

A very good price.

Sold for $4600 — Lot 210, South Africa #1-16 (ForeRunners)

1913-1924 King George V Issue of South Africa, set of 14 different values (no 1sh3d issued in 1920), each in a used block of four with clear cds cancels from South West Africa, fresh and fine-very fine, 1sh value with trivial and inconsequential perf fault. Following the occupation of South West Africa by South Africa forces in 1914-1915, the stamps of South Africa were used in South West Africa until being replaced in 1923 by the overprinted issues. 13 of the blocks included in this lot are dated prior 1923 and the 3d value has a Windhoek cds dated 8.2.23, just shortly after the introduction of the overprinted stamps. The basic issues are scarce in used blocks, but with the South West African cancels, this represents a rare set of forerunners. A must have for any serious collector of South West Africa.

This lot opened at about half of our estimate. Internet bidders from South Africa and Great Britain brought the bidding to $4000.