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.
Lot 725 Italy 1863 15c blue King Victor Emmanuel II, Lithographed Type I Imperforate, mint never hinged, with full original gum, four large margins and lovely crisp impression, very fine. Accompanied by a 2004 Raybaudi certificate, with his pencil signature on back. A very nice stamp. Scott CV U$725.
Our September 2018 sale was our largest so far, and our January auction promises to continue this great trend. We value the participation of collectors from around the world, and are committed to providing an exceptional bidding experience. To that end, we maintain our very competitive buyer’s premium of only 15%, which remains one of the lowest among philatelic public auction firms. We also continue our commitment to industry-leading transparency, by clearly indicating with a “Rsv.” which items are subject to a minimum reserve bid.
Collectors in every field are sure to find something of interest among our high-quality offerings of Canadian, British Commonwealth, and worldwide stamps and postal history. Highlights include our usual high quality singles and sets, from the classics through to rarely offered modern varieties.
We are also proud to offer the “Azilda” collection of Canadian registration stamps and covers, including gems offered on the philatelic market for the first time in over forty years. These are identified in the catalogue with the letters AC (Azilda collection) accompanying the description.
Our British Commonwealth and Worldwide selections including another installment of desirable SPECIMEN perforated sets, exceptional never hinged Italy and rarely-seen Italian States, a collection of “Number One” stamps of the world offered in several lots, as well as early Great Britain, United States, and more.
Our postal history section abounds with diverse material, including our always-popular postmark lots, featuring a lovely collection of Canadian fancy cancellations, offered in over thirty lots. Also of note are forty-five lots of Graf Zeppelin flown covers and cards from around the world, Western Express covers, and more.
One of the highlights of this sale is a world-class advanced collection of Great Britain squared circle postmarks, consisting of over 16,000 covers and cards as well as thousands of stamps. The collector diligently sought fully legible and quality strikes, including most of the rare ones, and more common hammers are often found on better items, such as unusual usages and exotic destinations. This collection contains most of the great rarities, much of it originating from the renowned collection of Stanley Cohen. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire material from one of the best collections ever formed.
Finally, we are pleased to offer worldwide country lots from the Jack Gray collection. This collection was received in just under 100 large cartons, and is being offered principally by country, with each lot typically including more than one collection. Jack was a topicalist, and purchased country collections to extract the topical material he needed, and what remains is a very diverse offering. These lots are identified with (JG) accompanying the description. We recommend careful viewing of his material as the sheer volume of material may yield finds for the eagle-eyed collector.
As always, we are at your service if we can be of any assistance.
Enjoy the sale!
Director of Lotting & Consignments
Session Three (Worldwide) begins at approximately 9:45am EDT.
Lot 912 Italy #14 (Sassone) 1945 1.25l green Destroyed Monuments Special Delivery Overprinted C.L.N. / Ponte Chiasso in Red, by the Committee of National Liberation, mint never hinged and quite rare, with only 50 copies reported to have been issued. Accompanied by a 2016 Sergio Sismondo certificate. Sassone CV €18,750.
Lot 1082 Italy #J1 1863 10c yellow Postage Due, with small part original gum. Accompanied by 2012 Sergio Sismondo certificate stating “genuine, uncancelled, with small part of original gum. The stamp has complete margins, well clear of the design on all sides, and is free from hidden faults or repairs at the time of examination. Between January of 1863 and February of 1869 this stamp was used often without receiving a cancellation, and is therefore commonly found in this condition.”. Very fine. Scott CV$2,000.