Lot 1596 Italy Group of sixteen Air Mail or First Flight Covers and Cards, 1917 to 1931, with a 1917 experimental flight Rome to Torino (with a cover, plus a special white card cataloguing $1,300 in Scott, each with #C1 frankings); a 1925 cover with large Livorno label, franked with four pairs of Campari advertising tab 15c stamps (each catalogues $90 on cover); a 1930 flight Maryland Free State from London to Tripoli, signed by pilot; a 1930 first flight Rome to Rome Aerial Circuit of Europe cover (described by owner as one of ten covers in existence, signed by pilot Winifred Spooner); as well as various others (to Malta, Germany, India, etc., some faults due to dampness). Also includes two 1929 first flights from the Vatican. See scans online. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $300, sold for C$1,700.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1970 Italian Colonies Mint and Used Collection, with a very nice mainly mint collection of Eritrea, Somalia, Cyrenaica and Libya on Scott and Minkus pages. Somalia is noteworthy with good showing of the high value Elephant and Lion set with various overprints, the complete Manzoni Set of 1924 (Scott# 61-66 MH CV $465), the complete Italy definitives of 1926-30 (Scott # 83-96 MH CV $416), Victor Emmanuel 1,25lira (Scott # 69a, perf 11 MH CV $800), 1929 Monte Casino complete set used (Scott # 101-110 CV $180), St Anthony of Padua complete set, used (Scott #129-135 CV $131), Duke of Abbruzzi complete set (Scott #156-163 MH CV $128), the almost complete semi-postals including the Victor-Emmanuel set (Scott B38-51 MH CV $279) and complete air post Scott #C1-16 MH and used CV $199), Eritrea is also very well represented, we noted Scott #32 MH CV $175 and the almost complete semi-postals among much else of interest. Stamps and sets from Libya, Cyrenaica and Oltre Giuba complete this lot. Very fine throughout, see our scans online. ex-Jack Gray Collection. Estimate $800, sold for C$1,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1957 Italy #1292var 1979 2000L Italia, with Shifted Perforations and Printing, a mint never hinged single from bottom of sheet, with head, posthorns and shaded “LIRE” shifted up and left, horizontal perforations dramatically shifted down, very fine. Signed (Dr. Helmuth) Avi, and accompanied by his 2010 SBPV (Lugano, Switzerland) certificate. Sassone 1459b, €9,000. Rsv. Estimate C$500.
Lot 814 Collection of nine Admiral Destination Covers or Cards with postage Due Stamps, all written up on album pages and all bearing postage due stamps, including Italy (x2), Sweden, Switzerland (x2), Belgium and Denmark. Overall fine to very fine, with a variety of frankings and rates, and quite colourful. From the Andrew Liptak Postal History Collection. Estimate C$200.
Lot 733 Italy #J2 1869 10c buff Postage Due, mint never hinged, with full original gum, fine. A very rare mint stamp, especially never hinged and accompanied by a 2006 Raybaudi (Rome) certificate, with his pencil signature on back. Rsv. Scott CV U$18,000.