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Lot 96
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Italian States: Lombardy-Venetia, 1850, Arms, 15c red, hand-made paper, type I (Scott 4b), unused without gum, wonderfully fresh with four huge margins, a Superb gem, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Michel 3 X a. Sassone 3; €1,500 without gum ($1,830).
Scott $1,125 without gum.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $225.
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Lot 97

Italian States: Lombardy-Venetia, 1858, mixed issue franking (Scott 5b, 10a), folded letter sent registered from Venice to Milan franked with 30c First Issue (machine made-paper) and 5s type I Second Issue, 17-18 Nov, 1857 with red straight line "RACCOMANDATA", Very Fine and rare, signed Bolaffi, Colla & Zanini, with 1973 Zanini & 2007 Colla certificates.
Yvert 21, 25; €65,000 ($79,300).
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
Realized $3,500.
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Lot 98

Italian States: Modena, 1852, 5c black on green, with period after value (Scott 6), strip of 3 and two singles tied by blue Modena c.d.s.s, 28 Jul 1858, on folded letter to Breschia; backstamped Brescia the next day, Fine to Very Fine, signed Sismondo, with his 2006 certificate.
Sassone 7; €1,800 for strip of 3 on cover ($2,200).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $250.
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Lot 99

Italian States: Modena, 1859, Provisional Govt., 5c green (Scott 10), o.g., hinge remnants, remarkably bright and fresh with large balanced margins, Extremely Fine, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone 12; €2,400 ($2,930).
Scott $1,375.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $160.
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Lot 100

Italian States: Modena, 1859, Provisional Govt., 5c green (Scott 10), top sheet margin block of 15, a marvelous block with full, never hinged o.g., Extremely Fine, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone 12.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

A FABULOUS SHOWPICE SASSONE'S PRICE JUST FOR A HINGED BLOCK OF 4 IS 11,000€.
Realized $3,000.
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Lot 101

Italian States: Naples, 1858, Arms, 10g rose lake (Scott 5), a lovely horizontal pair with large margins all around, tied on small piece by two strikes framed "ANNULLATO", Very Fine, signed Ressel & Sismondo, with 2012 Sismondo certificate.
Sassone 10; €3,250 ($3,960).
Scott $1,650.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 102

Italian States: Naples, 1858, Arms, 50g rose lake (Scott 7), 4-margin single, used with five 2g, a strip of 3 & a single 5g (Scott 3/3c, 4/4e; Sas. 5e/f, 8 [sgl], 9 [strip]), totaling 80 grana, tied together by framed "ANNULLATO" cancels on a large folded address leaf from Naples to Rome; red Naples postmarks on reverse, 28 Apr, along with a 30 Apr Rome receiver; slight, rather insignificant damage to the 5g strip, otherwise Very Fine. Catalog values are only for the 50g on cover; the strip of 3 of the 5g second setting on cover $20,000/€40,000, signed A. Diena, Grioni, Sorani, and others, with 2014 Sorani & 1976 Diena certificates.
Sassone 14; €60,000 +++ ($73,200).
Scott $29,000 +++.
Estimate $6,000 - 8,000

QUITE A SPECTACULAR USAGE OF THE RARE 50G ON COVER.
Realized $6,000.
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Lot 103

Italian States: Naples, 1860, "Trinacria", ½t deep blue (Scott 8), large margins all around, small repair at upper right, tied by boxed ANNULLATO on partial address wrapper attached to a full issue of the newspaper, "L'Omnibus" of 24 Nov 1860, Very Fine. An exceptional usage of the rare "Trinacria", with 2003 Raybaudi certificate.
Sassone 15; €50,000 ($61,000).
Scott $22,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,100.
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Lot 104

Italian States: Naples, 1861, Neapolitan Provinces, 1g black, head inverted (Scott 21a), lightly canceled on a small piece, ample to large margins, Fine to Very Fine, signed A. Diena & Oliva, with 1971 Diena & 1959 Oliva certificates.
Sassone 19e; €3,250 ($3,960).
Scott $1,675.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $375.
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Lot 105

Italian States: Naples, 1861, Neapolitan Provinces, 20g yellow (Scott 26), used with 1g, 2g & 5g (23-25; Sas. 19, 20b, 21) see photo for margins, tied by three NAPOLI c.d.s.s, 10 Aug, 1861, on folded letter to Sheffield, England, framed "P.D." and red London/Paid c.d.s. (15 Aug) on front; backstamped Turin (12 Aug) and Sheffield (15 Aug), Fine to Very Fine. A pretty 4-color franking, signed En. Diena & Oliva, with 1989 Diena certificate.
Sassone 19; €28,000 ($34,160).
Scott $13,500.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Realized $1,500.
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Lot 106

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, FUSIGNANO (Scott 3a, 7a), postmark on 1852, 3b black on light brown & 6b black on gray, tied by diamond grid cancels on folded address leaf sent registered from Fasignano to Rome; postmarked on reverse scarce boxed "FUSIGNANO" (Sassone 8 points, 750€) with "LUGO" straightline and Faenza c.d.s. (6 May 1857) transit postmarks, plus incomplete strike "ASSICRATA" straightline; backstamped red Rome c.d.s. on 9 May, Fine to Very Fine, signed A. Diena & Sismondo, with 2005 Sismondo certificate.
Sassone 4c, 7a.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $110.
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Lot 107

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, RUSSI (Scott 2), postmark on 1852, 1b black on gray green, two singles, each canceled with a bold clear strike of the very rare "RVSSI" (Russi) straightline in blue (Sassone 12 points, 4,000€) on small folded address leaf to Forli; with straightline "FAENZA" transit postmark, and two strikes straightline "13 APRILE", also in transit, on reverse; stamps with two or three frame lines, cover Very Fine.
Sassone 2.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 108

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, SAVIGNANO (Scott 4a), postmark on 1852, 3b black on light brown, nice strike scarce "SAVIGNANO" straightline on folded address leaf to Bologna, franked with a 3b black on light brown (4a) with dividing lines on all sides tied by diamond grid cancel; backstamped Bologna, 9 Aug 1858, Very Fine, signed A. Diena & Sismondo, with 2006 Sismondo certificate.
Sassone 4b.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 109

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1852, 2b black on yellow green & 3b black on yellow brown (Scott 3a, 4b), 3-4 margins, tied by rare straightline "ACQUAPENDENTE" (Sassone 13 points, €6,500) in transit on folded letter from San Lorenzo to Castiglion Fiorentino with handstamped "P.D." on the front and straightline "S.LORENZO" postmark of origin and Castiglion Fiorentino receiver, 7 Jun 1853, on the back, Fine to Very Fine.
Sassone 3A.
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 110

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1859, 2b black on olive green (Scott 3a var.), four 4-margin singles, each canceled with a bold handstamped cross on a folded address leaf from Farrara to Milan, 30 Mar-1 Apr, 1855; cosmetically refolded with original top fold slightly affecting the top edges of the stamps, still Very Fine, . A pretty cover., signed Avi & A. Diena, with 2018 Avi certificate.
Sassone 3.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 111

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1852, 4b black on lemon & 8b black on white (Scott 5, 9), each with four dividing lines including a sheet (4b) or gutter (8b) margin, tied by diamond grid cancel on a folded letter from Bologna to Genoa, 18-20 Jan 1859, with red "FRANCA" and "P.D." handstamps, Very Fine, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone 5Ab, 9.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $150.
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Lot 112

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1852, 6b black on grayish lilac (Scott 7b), a lovely mint block of 4, o.g., ample to large margins all around; top stamps each with a small thin, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $6,800 as singles. Sassone 7A.
Sassone €16,250 ($19,820).
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 113

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1852, 50b dull blue (Scott 10), three margins and barely shaved at left, used with a 6b plus a pair and a single of the 8b (7, 9) on a folded address leaf sent registered from Rome to Paris, France, 1 May 1860; straightline "ASSICURATA", red (French) "CHARGÉ", and blue Marseille entry c.d.s. (4 May), along with red & black "PD" and several backstamps; back a little rough with top flap nearly separated, still Fine and exceedingly rare, signed Avi & En. Diena, with 2018 Avi certificate.
Sassone 10; €13,000 ++ ($15,860).
Scott $6,750 ++.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Realized $1,600.
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Lot 114

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1852, 1sc black on rose (Scott 11), o.g., three overly generous margins; light vertical crease at right edge, Very Fine appearance, signed Em. Diena & Fiecchi, with 1977 Fiecchi certificate saying mentioning neither the gum nor the crease.
Sassone 11; €7,000 ($8,540).
Scott $4,000.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $275.
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Lot 115
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Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1852, 1sc rose (Scott 11), a marvelous lower left corner sheet margin block of 12, o.g., the bottom eight stamps actually being never hinged, complete margins all around, including wide left and bottom sheet margins, Extremely Fine. Sassone prices a mint block of 4 at 35,000€!, signed A.G. & G. Bolaffi and A. Diena, with 2004 Bolaffi certificate.
Sassone 11; €105,000 as three blocks ($128,100).
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000

A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY LARGE MINT MULTIPLE OF THIS RARE HIGH VALUE.

One of the great rarities of Roman States Philately and a key item for any gold medal exhibition collection
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Realized $19,000.
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Lot 116

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1867, 5c 10c & 40c Second Issue (Scott 14, 15, 17), canceled by dotted grids on small cover to England, postmarked Rome, 26 Mar 1868 with blue Pont St.-Michel French entry c.d.s. (29 Mar) and red London PAID entry c.d.s. (30 Mar); backstamped Shrewsbury (30 Mar) and Lydbury (31 Mar); includes original letter; flap tears and minor edge toning, but a Fine and attractive three-color franking, signed Avi, En. Diena & Sorani, with 2018 Avi certificate.
Sassone 16, 17, 19.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $275.
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Lot 117

Italian States: Papal/Roman States, 1867, 10c, 20c & 80c Second Issue (Scott 15, 16, 18), canceled by diamond grids on small cover to Cincinnati, O., postmarked Rome, 18 Oct 1867 with incomplete red French entry c.d.s. and red "N.York Am. Pkt/ Paid c.d.s. (2 Nov) and red "9" (credit) handstamp; the 20c stamp is slightly faulty and the left side (the right edge of the cover), but otherwise a most attractive three-color franking, overfranked, signed A. Diena, with his 1976 certificate.
Sassone 17, 18, 20.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $250.
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Lot 118

Italian States: Parma, 1859, Provisional Govt., 5c yellow green, small "A" in "STATI" (Scott 12 var.), from position 57 in the second setting, o.g., bright and fresh with large to extra large margins, Extremely Fine, signed Bolaffi and M. Raybaudi, with 2003 Raybaudi certificate.
Sassone 13a.
Sassone €1,650 ($2,010).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $160.
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Lot 119

Italian States: Parma, 1859, Provisional Govt., 5c blue green (Scott 12a), a marvelous mint example with large to oversize margins, o.g. (small hinge remnant), Very Fine to Extremely Fine, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone 12; €6,500 ($7,930).
Scott $2,900.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $400.
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Lot 120
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Italian States: Parma, 1859, Provisional Govt., 40c red, broken "ATI" of "STATI" (Scott 15 var.), position 13 in the first composition of the plate of 60, and position 32 in the second, canceled partial BORG(O S. DONNINO) c.d.s., 2 Jan 18(60), large margins except barely touched at upper left and lower right, Fine to Very Fine. A marvelous example of this rare variety., signed Bloch, Em. Diena & Sismondo, with 2006 Sismondo and 1964 Diena certificates.
Sassone 17cD.
Sassone €25,000 ($30,500).
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 121
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Italian States: Parma, 1859, Provisional Govt., 40c red (Scott 15), canceled "PIACENZA/ 20/ DEC/ 59", four nice, perfectly balanced margins, Very Fine, hinged onto a small piece of the cover to which it was originally affixed, signed Sismondo & Thier, with 2006 Roumet certificate.
Sassone 17; €20,000 ($24,400).
Scott $8,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

An outstanding example of this rare used stamp.

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Lot 122
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Italian States: Parma, 1859, Provisional Govt., 80c orange bister (Scott 16c), unused without gum, small margins to barely touching, Fine and rare, signed Em. Diena & M. Raybaudi, with 2001 Raybaudi certificate.
Sassone 18b; €6,000 ($7,320).
Scott $2,400.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $400.
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Lot 123

Italian States: Romagna, 1859, ½b black on straw, diagonal half used as ¼b (Scott 1a), in pair with ½b and tied by diamond grid cancel on the back of a printed Official Provincial circular mailed locally in Bolagna, 3 Dec 1859; handstamped "3" indicating a rate of 3 centesimi or ¾ bajocci, Very Fine, signed En. Diena & Vaccari, with a 1984 certificate from each of them.
Sassone 1; €32,500 ($39,650).
Scott $16,500.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

A marvelous example of this rare fractional rate on cover.

Realized $1,400.
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Lot 124

Italian States: Romagna, 1859, ½b black on straw, diagonal bisect (Scott 1a), in a pair with a full ½b, large margins except barely shaved at lower left, tied by light diamond grid cancel on reverse of a small folded letter sent mailed locally in Bologna, front bares a Bologna c.d.s., 1 Dec 1859 and the reverse a lightly struck "P.L." in circle distribution marking, Very Fine. An exceptional example of this rare bisect., signed Em. Diena, Sorani, Sismondo, and one other, with 2006 Sismondo and 2002 Briefmarken Prüfstelle certificates.
Sassone 1; €32,500 ($39,650).
Scott $16,250.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 125

Italian States: Sardinia, 1853, Victor Emmanuel II, 40c rose (Scott 6a), strip of 3, tied by three strikes INTRA c.d.s., 15 Feb 1857, full margins to just touching except cut in at left; vertical crease through left stamp, otherwise Fine. A rare multiple, signed Bottacchi, with his 2010 certificate.
Sassone 6a.
Sassone €13,500 ($16,470).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $225.
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Lot 126

Italian States: Sardinia, 1855-63, Victor Emmanuel II, 5c emerald green (Scott 10e), a pretty mint example with large balanced margins, bright color and full o.g.; light diagonal crease at upper right and tiny tone spot at crown of head, the latter not mentioned on the accompanying certificate, otherwise Very Fine, signed Bühler,En. Diena, A. Diena & M. Raybaudi, with 2003 Raybaudi certificate.
Sassone 13d; €12,000 ($14,640).
Scott $3,900.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $475.
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Lot 127

Italian States: Sardinia, 1855-63, Victor Emmanuel II, 5c yellow green (Scott 10a), 4-margin horizontal pair, used with a 3-margin 40c vermilion (13d, Sas, 16A), tied by three weak strikes NIZZA MARITTA c.d.s., 22 Sep 1857 on cover to Besançon, France; red French "P.D." and Sardaigne Antibes entry c.d.s., 24 Sep; backstamped Besançon the same day; some light toning, Fine, signed Sismondo, with his 2009 certificate.
Sassone 13E.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 128

Italian States: Sardinia, 1855-63, Victor Emmanuel II, 5c green (Scott 10), used with Italy 1862 10c & 40c perforated (17, 20), tied by two of three strikes MILANO c.d.s., 20 Dec (no year date) on folded address leaf to Udine; multiple repairs, Fine appearance. An attractive looking example of a scarce mixed-issue 3-color franking, signed En. Diena, with his 1987 certificate.
Sassone 13E.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $120.
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Lot 129

Italian States: Sardinia, 1855-63, Victor Emmanuel II, 10c lilac brown, 20c dark blue & 40c red (Scott 11 var., 12a, 13b), all with large margins except the 20c just in at left; tied by GENOVA c.d.s.s, 24 Aug 1860, on folded letter to Naples, with red oval "A.G.D.P."; backstamped 27 Aug; faint horizontal file fold affects all three stamps (not mentioned on the accompanying certificate), otherwise Very Fine, signed Sismondo, with his 2009 certificate.
Sassone 14Ba, 15C, 16C.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $150.
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Lot 130

Italian States: Sardinia, 1855-63, Victor Emmanuel II, 40c carmine rose (Scott 13a), large balanced margins, tied on folded letter from Genoa to Nice, by rare "4226" dotted numeral cancel upon arrival in Nice; with red French "PD" and "Sardaigne/ Nice" entry c.d.s., 1 Aug 1861; few minor "bleach" spots, otherwise Very Fine and quite rare, signed Avi & Calves, with 2018 Avi certificate.
Sassone 16D; €180+ ($220).
Scott $170+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 131

Italian States: Sardinia, 1855-63, Victor Emmanuel II, 80c orange ocher (Scott 14c), used with 40c light red (13c, Sas. 16A), the 80c three margins, the 40c with four, tied by GENOVA c.d.s.s, 4 Dec 1858, on folded address leaf sent by steamer to Civitavecchia; with unframed semi-circular "CIVITAVECCHIA/ DALLA/ VIA DI MARE" and blue sender's oval, backstamped faint Civitavecchia c.d.s., 16 Dec; light, insignificant horizontal file fold, Very Fine, signed Sismondo, with his 2010 certificate.
Sassone 17b; €7,000 ($8,540).
Scott $3,750.
Estimate $500 - 750

1.20L was the rate for a double-weight letter to the port of Genoa to Civitavecchia; the letter was assessed 24 bojacchi (manuscript "24") for local delivery
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Realized $275.
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Lot 132

Italian States: Sardinia, 1855-63, Victor Emmanuel II, 80c orange yellow (Scott 14), used with 20c sky blue (12e, Sas. 15Db), each with three margins, tied by GENOVA c.d.s.s, 4 Apr 1861, on folded address leaf to Buenos Aires, Argentina>; red French (Culoz) and British (London) transit c.d.s.s, and red "P.P.", but no other postal markings; slight damp staining, otherwise Fine, . One lira was the single letter rate to Argentina by British packet, with 2009 Sismondo certificate.
Sassone 17C; €4,250 ($5,180).
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $140.
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Lot 133

Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 1g olive brown, plate II & 5g rose carmine, plate I (Scott 12b, 14), both with large margins except the 5g a bit close at the lower right; tied by fancy "horseshoe" Frammersbach on folded address leaf sent registered from Messina to Girgenti; postmarked straightline "MESA 1859/ 12 DICE" with oval "ASSICURATA" handstamp and manuscript "Assicurata/366", Very Fine, signed Avi & Oliva, with 2018 Avi certificate.
Sassone 4b, 9; €10,000+ ($12,200).
Scott $5,100+.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $450.
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Lot 134

Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 2g dull blue (Scott 13 var.), plate 1, position 34, bright and fresh with excellent margins, showing the dividing line nearly all around, tied by fancy "horseshoe" frame on folded letter to Palermo, postmarked GIRGENTI c.d.s., 4 Jan 1860 alongside a Palermo receiver dated 6 Jan, Very Fine, signed Avi, A. Diena & Russo, with 2018 Avi certificate.
Sassone 6e.
Sassone €4,000 ($4,880).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $200.
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Lot 135
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Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 5g deep rose, first setting (Scott 14), a bright, fresh mint block of 4, o.g., top stamps never hinged, wonderfully fresh with ample to large margins including dividing line on three sides, Very Fine, signed A. Diena, En. Diena, L. Raybaudi & Ghiglione, with 2015 Ghiglione certificate.
Sassone 9; €8,750+ ($10,680).
Scott $3,800 as hinged singles.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $550.
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Lot 136

Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 5g vermilion, second setting (Scott 15), left sheet margin block of 10, positions 31-35/41-45, incredibly fresh and bright with marvelous color and large margins nearly all around (just clear at lower left, but full dividing line at top & right), Very Fine to Extremely Fine. A truly choice multiple in the finest state of preservation, signed A. Bolaffi, G. Bolaffi, and A. Diena, with 1964 Bolaffi certificate.
Sassone 11; €20,500 as 2 blocks & 2 singles ($25,010).
Scott $8,750 as singles.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,300.
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Lot 137
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Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 5g vermilion, plate II (Scott 15), fab with full to extra large margins showing the dividing line virtually all around; deep rich color and light fancy "horseshoe" frame cancel, Very Fine, signed Bottacchi & Em. Diena, with 2014 Bottacchi certificate.
Sassone 11; €5,500 ($6,710).
Scott $2,350.
Estimate $500 - 750.
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Lot 138

Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 10g dark blue (Scott 16), horizontal pair, positions 1-2, large margins except barely touched at upper left corner, tied by fancy frame cancel on folded letter sent registered from Messina to St. Agata di Militello; postmarked straightline "MESA 1859/ 24. NOVE" and oval framed "ASSICURATA", with sender's double oval handstamp; manuscript rates on front & back, but no receiving postmark, Very Fine and rare, signed A. Diena, Vaccari and one other, with 2015 Vaccari certificate.
Sassone 12.
Sassone €24,500 ($29,890).
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $2,400.
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Lot 139

Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 20g dark gray violet (Scott 17), a marvelous mint block of 4, positions 46-47/56-57, o.g., lightly hinged, clear to large margins including virtually full dividing line on three sides, Very Fine, signed A. Diena & En. Diena, with 1991 Diena & 1970 Bolaffi certificates.
Sassone 13; €9,000 ($10,980).
Scott $3,900 as singles.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $700.
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Lot 140
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Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 50g dark brown red (Scott 18), a choice mint block of 4, positions 26-27/36-37, o.g., lightly hinged at topbottom stamps never hinged, bright and fresh with full margins including virtually complete dividing line on three sides, Very Fine, signed En. Diena & Ghiglione, with the latter's 2014.
Sassone 14; €9,000 ($10,980).
Scott $3,900 as singles.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $750.
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Lot 141
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Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 50g dark brown red (Scott 18), a exceptional mint block of 6, positions 23-24/43-44, deep rich color and large margins except just clear at lower left with dividing line visible on all sides and nearly complete on two, Very Fine, signed En. Diena, with 2004 Bolaffi certificate.
Sassone 14; €12,300 as a block and 2 single ($15,010).
Scott $5,850 as hinged singles.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Realized $750.
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Lot 142

Italian States: Sicily, 1859, Ferdinand II, 50g dark brown red (Scott 18), large margins all around, including full dividing line on three sides, used with 1g olive brown, plate I, 5g deep rose, plate I & 10g indigo (11a, 14, 16a; Sas. 3, 9, 12b)-see photo for margins, tied by fancy frame cancels on folded address leaf from Messina to Genoa; postmarked straightline "MESA 1859/ 26 SETTE" AND red straightline "PIROSCAPI/ POSTALI/ FRANCESI" with blue sender's oval and manuscript "6" * "18" rate markings; backstamped Genoa, 30 Sep, Very Fine, signed A. Diena, En. Diena, Oliva, and one other, with 1973 & 1984 Diena certificates.
Sassone 14; €220,000 ($268,400).
Scott $115,000.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

AN ETRAORDINARILY RARE COVERNOT AMONG THE TWELVE KNOWN 50G COVERS LISTED IN SASSONE'S 2018 ITALIAN STATES CATALOGUE.

A similar franking is recorded on an April 1859 cover from Palermo to Spaccafurno
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Realized $14,000.
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Lot 143

Italian States: Tuscany, 1857, 6cr deep blue (Scott 15), vertical pair, three large margins, but is just clear to just touching at left, tied by two of three FIRENZE ribbon c.d.s.s, 24 May 1858, and by framed "PD", on folded address leaf from Florence to Milan, backstamped MILANO, 26 May, Very Fine. A marvelous cover, signed Oliva, with his 1999 certificate.
Sassone 15b; €7,500 ($9,150).
Scott $4,800.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 144

Italian States: Tuscany, 1860, Provisional Govt., 5c olive green (Scott 18a), two 4-margin singles, tied by two of three somewhat blurry strikes FIRENZE c.d.s., 4 Aug 1860, on folded address leaf to Livorno, backstamped the next day'name of addressee neatly inked out, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare franking, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone 18a; €1,800 ($2,200).
Scott $1,075.
Estimate $500 - 750.
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Lot 145
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Italian States: Tuscany, 1860, Provisional Govt., 20c blue (Scott 20), unused without gum, exceptionally fresh with rich color and margins that are clear virtually all around, Very Fine, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone 20; €6,500 ($7,930).
Scott $3,400.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $450.
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Lot 146

Italian States: Tuscany, 1860, Provisional Govt., 20c blue (Scott 20), vertical pair with nice margins (barely touching at lower left due to slight misalignment of the clichés), tied by two of three strikes LIVORNO c.d.s., 29 Sep 1860, on folded address leaf to Messina; handstamped double-lined "P.D."; backstamped Messina 2 Oct, Very Fine, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone 20; €3,500 ($4,270).
Scott $2,700.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 147
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Italian States: Tuscany, 1860, Provisional Govt., 3L ocher (Scott 23), remarkably fresh with lovely color and a neat "P.D" cancel, large margins at top and right; just in at lower left and left, Fine, signed J. Schlesinger & Sismondo, with the latter's 2017 certificate.
Sassone 23; €220,000 ($268,400).
Scott $125,000.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

A MOST ATTRACTIVE, COMPLETELY SOUND EXAMPLE OF THIS OF THIS RARE STAMP.
Realized $5,000.
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Lot 148

Italy, 1906, postage due cover from Germany, 1871, 10c buff & magenta (J6) tied by Naples squared circle, 27 Apr 1906, on German 2pf postal card sent from Charlottenburg on 20 Apr, to Trento, Austria, where a 6h Austrian Postage Due stamp was canceled on 21 Apr; the card was subsequently redirected to Naples, resulting in the nullification of the Austrian Due with a red "Annullato" and the final application of the 10c Italian Postage Due charge. A Very Fine and rare 3-country Postage Due franking, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 149
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Italy, 1862, Victor Emmanuel II, 80c orange (Scott 21), absolutely perfectly centered (!), canceled FIRENZE c.d.s., 11 Dec 1863, Extremely Fine, . An extraordinary example of this rare used stamp, with 1994 Craffaz certificate.
Sassone 4; €3,750 ($4,580).
Scott $1,900.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $300.
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Lot 150
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Italy, 1932, Garibaldi complete, including the Airs & Air Special Deliveries (Scott 280-289, C35-C39, CE1-CE2), used blocks of 4, various dates between Jul & Sep 1932, Very Fine.
Sassone S 64; €3,200 ($3,900).
Scott $2,477.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $200.
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Lot 151

Italy, Postage Due, 1863, 10c yellow (Scott J1), vertical pair just tied by rectangle of dots and paying the internal Italian rate on folded address leaf from Rome to Foligno, franked with Papal States 2b greenish white (3, Sas. 3Ab) tied by diamond grid cancel with 19 Nov 1866 Rome c.d.s.; backstamped Foligno the next day, Very Fine, signed Avi, A. Bolaffi, Em. Diena, and Mezzadri, with 2018 Avi certificate.
Sassone Seg. 1.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $170.
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Lot 152

Italy, Postage Due, 1863, 10c yellow (Scott J1), Very Fine horizontal pair (uncanceled) and paying the internal Italian rate on folded letter from Rome to Orvieto, franked with Papal States 2b greenish white (3, Sas. 3Ab) tied by diamond grid cancel with 21 Aug 1865 Rome c.d.s.; handstamped "2" rate and backstamped Orvieto the next day, Fine to Very Fine, signed Avi, A. Diena, and L. Raybaudi, with 2018 Avi certificate.
Sassone Seg. 1; €2,000 ($2,440).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $170.
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Lot 153
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Italy, Postage Due, 1870, 2c buff & magenta, numeral inverted (Scott J4a), absolutely perfectly centered with a neat partial Rome c.d.s., Extremely Fine, Sassone's value is for "mediocre" centering; "optimal" centering for the normal stamp is 75€—a premium of 650%!
Sassone S 4b; €5,750 ++ ($7,020).
Scott $4,500.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE ERROR IN EXISTENCE.
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Lot 154

Italy, Postage Due, 1870, 2L light blue & brown (Scott J15), with 30c (J8; Sas. 7) on folded letter from Callao, Peru to Genoa, franked with 1876 10c green (25) tied by British "C38" numeral; Dues applied and canceled in Genoa on 16 Aug; backstamped Swiss railroad transit c.d.s., 15 Aug; repaired tear at bottom and missing a piece of address line, Fine to Very Fine appearance, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone Seg. 12; €1,200 ($1,460).
Scott $950.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $150.
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Lot 155

Italy, Postage Due, 1870, 2L light blue & brown (Scott J15), with 30c & 50c (J8, J10; Sas. 7, 9) on folded letter from Callao, Peru to Genoa, franked with 1868 1d green (14) tied by Callao c.d.s., 14 Nov 1869; Dues applied and canceled in Genoa on 15 Jan 1870 t15 days after issue; British and French transit markings, as well as a "28" due handstamp, Fine to Very Fine, signed Avi, with his 2018 certificate.
Sassone Seg. 12; €1,200+ ($1,460).
Scott $950+.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $200.
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Lot 156

Italian Occupation of the Ionian Islands, Airmail, 1941, 50L violet brown (Scott NC11), o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, an exceedingly rare stamp.
Scott $2,400 for hinged.
Estimate $500 - 750.
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Lot 157

Italian Colonies: Libya, Airmail, 1935-39, complete for the period (Scott C19-38), blocks of 4 of each, plus a second set of blocks of C25-C35, o.g., never hinged, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $1,497.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $325.
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