Sale 731

Lot 51

Australia, Airmail, 1920 (Feb. 26), Ross-Smith First Aerial Post vignette on cover, sent Singapore to Australia, Eustis #174; the cover (accompanied by four reprints of the vignette), sent from The Asiatic Petroleum Co. in Singapore to Cottesloe, Western Australia, is franked by a superb copy of the vignette, which is clearly tied by one of two strikes of the "First Aerial Mail/Received/26 FEB. 1920/Great Britain to Australia" arrival marking; diagonal crease at bottom of cover of no consequence, otherwise Very Fine and rare, signed Sanabria.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

Of the 364 covers recorded from this first England-to-Australia flight, Eustis notes only 11 originating in Singapore. This cover, not included in his list, is thus just the 12th known

Realized $4,500

Lot 70

Canada, 1897, Queen Victoria Jubilee, ½¢ to $5 complete (Scott 50-65), an eye-catching premium set selected for freshness, with centering well beyond what you normally see in a "here they all are" offering; mostly o.g. or part o.g., some with hinge remnants, Very Fine, these will make for a beautifully filled album page.
Estimate $3,500 - 5,000.

Realized $3,900

Lot 752

1938, $5 Presidential (Scott 834), on registered cover, with the 3¢ First-Class postage, 35¢ Registry fee, $4.62 surcharge for unindemnified excess value and 4¢ return receipt fee paid by a single $5 Coolidge plus two 2¢ Nations United for Victory (#907), all tied by two mute double-ring ovals; straightline "Registered Mail" and "Return Receipt Requested" handstamps at lower left front; reverse with "New York, N.Y./12•    27/1946/Reg'y Div." origin in black and same-day "Church St." and next-day "Gracie Sta." daters in violet; corner ad cover for William Holzman & Co., their impressed red wax seal on reverse, imaged in Rustad, The Prexies, p. 330, Very Fine, one of the finest #834 covers available, ex Suffet.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

Realized $3,900

Lot 824


1851, 1¢ blue, type Ia (Scott 6), light town postmark, fresh, large to huge margins including parts of adjoining stamps, sharp prooflike impression, rich color, unobtrusive cancel, truly an exceptional example of this exceedingly scarce stamp, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, priced at $24,000 in a grade of "90", with 2018 P.F. certificate graded VF-XF 85 XQ (exceptional quality).
SMQ VF-XF 85 XQ; $15,000 for plain 85.
Scott $10,000.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.

Realized $15,000

Lot 954

1861, 30¢ red orange, First Design (Scott 61 (71TC6)), slightly disturbed o.g., fresh, bright color and sharp impression, an exceptional example of this very scarce stamp; tiny corner crease at bottom right, Fine, only 33 examples recorded in circulation plus one in the Miller Collection at the NY Public Library, ex-Drews, with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott $45,000.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

The 1861 Premiere Gravure Issue is by and far one of the rarest issues to find, with the higher denominations being exceedingly rare and are missing from even the most advanced collections

Realized $16,200

Lot 1015


1867, 2¢ black, D. grill (Scott 84), fancy rosette cancel, fresh and sharp, large margins, a marvelous example, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate graded VF-XF 85.
SMQ VF-XF 85; $10,000.
Scott $4,750.
Estimate $8,000 - 10,000.

Realized $9,600

Lot 1071


1869, 15¢ brown & blue, type II, center inverted (Scott 119b), light virtually face-free cork cancel, fresh, brilliant sharp colors and impressions, attractive example of this very scarce stamp; light crease as most have small faults as noted and priced as such in the Scott Catalog, otherwise Fine, only 100 used examples known to exist.
Scott $22,500 for fine small faults.
Estimate $12,000 - 15,000

One of the prettiest 1869 inverts

Realized $12,600

Lot 1094

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 3¢ blue (Scott 125), slightly disturbed o.g., nicely centered with large margins, a lovely example of this very difficult stamp, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, only 1406 sold, with 2019 P.S.A.G. certificate graded VF-XF 85 and 1961 P.F. certificate.
SMQ VF-XF 85; $8,650.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

Realized $7,500

Lot 1207

1893, Columbian, $2 brown red (Scott 242), o.g., never hinged, fresh, lovely color, large margins all around, marvelous stamp, should please the most demanding collector, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate graded VF-XF 85.
SMQ VF-XF 85; $6,500.
Scott $3,500.
Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.

Realized $7,500

Lot 1418

1908, 5¢ blue, experimental coil, perf 12 horizontally (Scott 317), vertical pair, o.g., hinged, rich color, sharp impression, large balanced margins, splendid example of this quite difficult coil pair, Very Fine, a condition rarity of an exceedingly rare coil pair, only three pairs graded according to the PSE population report, with 2019 P.F. certificate graded VF 80.
Scott $15,000.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

According to Max Johl, the first government coils were an experiment, and most collectors and dealers were unaware of their existence. Regularly prepared sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction, being cut into strips of 20. The strips were then assembled by hand into rolls. Due to these factors, centering was generally to one side leaving very few high quality examples.

Realized $16,200

Lot 1779


1923, 1¢ green, rotary coil waste (Scott 594), straight line machine cancel, fresh and sound example of this scarce stamp, nicely centered for this notoriously difficult stamp (Scott value is for perforations cutting, this stamp is well clear on smallest side)., Very Fine and rare, missing from even the most advanced collections, signed Sloane, with 2002 P.F. certificate and 1934 A.P.S., George B. Sloane, certificate (very cool).
Scott $10,500.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000


The 1¢ green was made from the waste of excess items used for the horizontal rotary printing which was used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to re-use this excess by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforating machine, which was not designed to handle rotary press stamps which were a slightly different size, causing very poor conditions reflective in the quality of the existing stamps. he existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States 20th Century stamps.

Realized $9,600

Lot 2050

Newspaper, 1875, $48 red brown (Scott PR31), o.g., never hinged, incredibly fresh, deep rich color, razor sharp impression, from a new find in original post office envelopes, choice, Fine to Very Fine, only known certified never hinged example, likely unique, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott $7,000 as hinged.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.

Realized $11,400

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