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Lot 390

France, 1850, Ceres, 15c dark green (Scott 2b), clear to large margins, neatly tied by mute Paris star on an envelope addressed locally, backstamped 4 Nov 1852 with small paper seal reading "Don't be surprised!" (in English) seal; opened out for display, small, insignificant pinhole, still Very Fine, signed Calves, with 2019 Calves & Jacquart certificate.
Yvert 2b. Maury 2c; €2,350 ($2,640).
Scott $1,550.
Estimate $500 - 750.
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Lot 391

France, 1872, Napoleon III Laureate, 30c on 90c pale brown (Scott 34b), a marvelous mint block of 4, o.g., lightly hinged, Fine to Very Fine, a scarce mint multiple, showing typical misalignment of the vertical perforations, signed A. Brun and one other.
Maury 30d; €4,600 ($5,180).
Scott $2,850.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
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Lot 392

France, 1869, Napoleon III Laureate, 5fr gray lilac on lavender (Scott 37), used with 30c & pair of 80c Large Numerals (62, 62), all tied by Paris star "7" (R. des Vlles-Haudtes) on registered cover to Besançon, 1 Feb 1875; two faint strikes red "CHARGÉ" and ms Declared value of 3,000fr, backstamped "Paris à Besançon" the same day and Besançon receiver the next; reverse also has five virtually intact "JP" red wax seals; lower left corner of 5fr repaired, as are the back top & bottom flaps of the env, a Fine to Very Fine appearing example of a rare 5fr usage., signed Calves, with 2019 Calves & Jaquart certificate.
Yvert 33.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $900.
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Lot 393

France, 1869, Napoleon III Laureate, 5fr gray lilac on lavender (Scott 37), used with pairs of 10c brown on rose Siege of Paris & 80c Large Numerals (55, 63), all tied by large numeral "1053" cancels on registered cover from Clermont-Ferrano to St. Malo, 2 Jun 1874; red "CHARGÉ" handstamp and ms Declared value of 2,785fr, backstamped "Clermont à Paris" (2 Jun) and "Paris à Rennes" (3 Jun) transits and St. Malo receiver (3 Jun); reverse also has five virtually intact red wax seals; 5fr has a horizontal crease that appears to be pre-use; cover with a vertical file fold affecting the 80c pair, otherwise a Very Fine and attractive example of a rare 5fr usage., with 2019 Calves & Jaquart certificate.
Yvert 33.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,100.
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Lot 394

France, 1869, Napoleon III Laureate, 5fr gray lilac on lavender (Scott 37), used with a 40c Siege of Paris, a pair of 10c Large Numerals, and an 80c Large Numeral (47, 60, 63), all tied by small numeral "691" cancels on registered cover from Caen to Gien, 16 Dec 1875; red "CHARGÉ" handstamp and a manuscript Declared value of 7,567.10 Francs, backstamped "Cherbourg à Paris" (16 Dec) and "Paris à Montabon" (17 Dec) transits and Gien receiver (17 Dec); reverse also has five virtually intact red wax seals; the high declared value would have required a total of 16.40fr for postage and registration; therefore the cover is short by 10fr and accordingly is probably missing two other 5fr stamps. The 5fr stamp is faulty, the cover reduced slightly at top & bottom with large repaired tear and small repaired hole on front; nonetheless, a reasonably attractive use of the 5fr Napoleon Laureate on cover.
Yvert 33.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $800.
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Lot 395

France, 1869, Napoleon III Laureate, 5fr gray lilac on lavender, "5" & "F" in light blue (Scott 37d), tied by two nice strikes large numeral "1310" cancels on registered cover from Dives to Bayeux, 5 Dec 1873; red "CHARGÉ" handstamp and a manuscript Declared value of 1,900 Francs; backstamped faint "Creusot à Paris" transit and Bayeux receiver, but dates unreadable; the stamp has a tiny perf tear at bottom and a very light diagonal crease, the cover is reduced slightly at top, left & right with top flap missing; still a very attractive and rare single franking of the 5fr Napoleon Laureate., signed Calves.
Yvert 33b. Maury 33c; €3,000 ($3,380).
Scott $19,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,200.
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Lot 396

France, 1870, Bordeaux, 1c olive green on pale blue, report 2 (Scott 38), five singles, most with four margins, used with a 25c Siege of Paris (57) tied by incomplete "3218" large numeral cancels in folded letter from Roubaix to Courcoing, 23 Sep 1871, backstamped, Fine to Very Fine. A very scarce franking.
Yvert 39. Maury 39 II.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 397
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France, 1870, Bordeaux, 2c red brown on yellowish, forgery (Scott 39 F), two 4-margin strips of 5 of an exceedingly well executed forgery by "Paul of Toulouse", on a cover apparently from Conches-en-Ouche to Bernay with equally convincing large numeral "1097" cancels and Conches-en-Ouche c.d.s., 22 Mar 1871, no other markings; vertical file fold affecting one stamp in each strip, otherwise Very Fine and very impressive.
Maury 40 F.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

An extraordinary forgery, comparable to the work of master forger, Jean de Sperati—perhaps even superior to.

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Lot 398

France, 1871, Ceres, 10c brown on rose, small numerals, tête-bêche pair (Scott 55a), used with two normal pairs canceled Smyrna large numeral "5098" on outer folded letter to Lyon, handstamped "BM" in oval and red boxed "PD", Smyrna postmarks not struck up, backstamped "Marseille à Lyon" transit, 21 Jan, 1875, and Lyon receiver, 21 Jan.; stamps are sound, but name of addressee cut out and replaced and a seventh 10c is missing, cosmetically refolded, Very Fine appearance. A very rare use of a tête-bêche pair from the Turkish Empire., signed Calves, with 2019 Calves & Jaquart certificate.
Yvert 58c. Maury T58.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
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Lot 399

France, 1900, Mouchon, 25c blue, type II, imperf (Scott 119b), lower left corner sheet margin block of 4, o.g., never hinged, bright and fresh with large margins, Very Fine, signed Calves, with 2019 Calves & Jacquart certificate.
Yvert 118a. Maury 118; €2,080+ ($2,340).
Scott $3,100+.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Realized $500.
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Lot 400

France, 1903, Lined Sower, 30c on 90c violet (Scott 142), o.g., never hinged, wonderfully fresh and virtually perfectly centered, Extremely Fine. Maury suggests a premium of 100% for perfect centering.
Maury 133; €530 ($600).
Scott $375.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $110.
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Lot 401
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France, 1925, Paris Philatelic Exhibition souvenir sheet (Scott 226), Exhibition First Day cancel in margin only; very minor edge flaws and reinforcing separation, otherwise Very Fine.
Maury BF1; €1,350 ($1,520).
Scott $1,100.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $180.
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Lot 402

France, 1927, Strasbourg Philatelic Exhibition souvenir sheet (Scott 241), o.g., never hinged, Very Fine.
Maury BF2; €3,000 ($3,380).
Scott $2,300.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $550.
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Lot 403
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France, 1929, 2fr Le Havre Philatelic Exhibition, deluxe proof (Scott 246P), Very Fine.
Maury 257A EPL.
Maury €2,000 ($2,250).
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $550.
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Lot 404

France, 1929, 10fr La Rochelle, type I, pale ultramarine (Scott 251), a choice mint block of 4, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine.
Yvert 261b. Maury 261 I; €720 as singes ($810).
Scott $640 as singles.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $140.
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Lot 405

France, 1931, 10fr La Rochelle, dark ultramarine, type III (Scott 252), dated corner block of 4, o.g., never hinged, post office fresh and perfectly centered; light bend in selvage only, otherwise Extremely Fine.
Yvert 261. Maury 261 III; €860 ($970).
Scott $560 as singles.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $140.
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Lot 406

France, 1929, 20fr Pont du Gard, perf 13½ (Scott 253), o.g., never hinged, fresh and beautifully centered, Very Fine.
Yvert 262A. Maury 262 I; €630 ($710).
Scott $500.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $170.
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Lot 407

France, 1931, 20fr Pont du Gard, type IIB, perf 13 (Scott 254A), o.g., never hinged, fresh and exceptionally well centered, Very Fine.
Yvert 262. Maury 262 IIB; €600 ($680).
Scott $450.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $170.
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Lot 408
P
France, 1935, S.S. Normandie, 1.50fr dark blue, deluxe proof (Scott 300P), with glassine overlay, Very Fine.
Maury 299 EPL; €550 ($620).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $180.
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Lot 409

France, 1936, S.S. Normandie, 1.50fr turquoise, imperforate (Scott 300c var.), o.g., never hinged, a choice top sheet margin single with generous, perfectly balanced margins, Extremely Fine. An exceedingly rare imperf.
Maury 300a var.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $650.
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Lot 410

France, 1936, S.S. Normandie, 1.50fr turquoise (Scott 300c), sheet number block of 4, o.g., never hinged but slightly glazed (subsequent to the certificate), Very Fine, signed Calves, with his 1985 Calves certificate as never hinged.
Maury 300a; €1,200 + as hinged ($1,350).
Scott $1,100 + as hinged.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $250.
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Lot 411
P
France, 1935, S.S. Normandie, 1.50fr turquoise, artist's proof (Scott 300c P), signed in pencil, "Decaris", o.g., never hinged but lightly glazed, Very Fine and rare.
Yvert 300b EPA. Maury 300a.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $225.
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Lot 412

France, 1917, 5fr+5fr War Orphans (Scott B10), o.g., lightly hinged, wonderfully fresh and absolutely perfectly centered, Superb, an extraordinary example of this iconic French Semi-Postal.
Maury 155; €2,500 for perfect centering ($2,810).
Scott $1,600.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $500.
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Lot 413

France, 1917, 5fr+5fr War Orphans (Scott B10), full o.g. with just the barest trace of hinging, a bright, fresh mint single, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 155; €2,000 ($2,250).
Scott $1,600.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $350.
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Lot 414
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France, 1928, 1.50fr+8.50fr "Work", deluxe proof (Scott B27P); minor flaws in the upper right corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Maury 252 EPL.
Maury €700 ($790).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $200.
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Lot 415

France, 1931, Caisse d'Amortissement (5th issue) complete (Scott B39-B41), o.g., never hinged, post office fresh and quite well centered, Very Fine for the issue.
Maury 275-277; €660 ($740).
Scott $535.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $130.
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Lot 416

France, Airmail, 1927, 2fr & 5fr First Issue complete (Scott C1-C2), o.g., never hinged, bright and fresh, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury A1-2; €1,100 ($1,240).
Scott $800.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $350.
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Lot 417

France, Airmail, 1936, Plane Over Paris, 85c-50fr complete (Scott C8-C14), o.g., lightly hinged, Very Fine.
Maury A 8-14; €1,180 ($1,330).
Scott $977.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $350.
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Lot 418

France, Airmail, 1936, Plane Over Paris, 85c-50fr complete (Scott C8-C14), disturbed o.g., bright and fresh, Very Fine.
Yvert €1,180 ($1,330). Maury A 8-14; €1,180 ($1,330).
Scott $977.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $300.
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Lot 419

France, Airmail, 1936, 50fr Plane over Paris, trial color large die proof in dark blue (Scott C14P), small format, signed M. Lapierre and Ouvrê, Extremely Fine.
Maury PA 14 EPA var.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,500.
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Lot 420

France, Airmail, 1936, 50fr "Banknote" (Scott C15), Post Office fresh and virtually perfectly centered with immaculate, never hinged o.g., Extremely Fine.
Maury PA 15; €1,700 ($1,910).
Scott $1,700.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $400.
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Lot 421

France, Airmail, 1936, 50fr "Banknote" (Scott C15), o.g., never hinged, a choice, well centered mint single, Very Fine.
Maury A15; €1,700 ($1,910).
Scott $1,700.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $550.
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Lot 422

France, Airmail, 1936, 50fr "Banknote" (Scott C15), lower left corner margin block of 4, o.g., never hinged, exceptionally well centered; slightly toned o.g., Very Fine.
Maury PA 15; €6,800 ($7,650).
Scott $6,800.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Realized $1,300.
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Lot 423

France, Postage Due, 1931, 2fr olive brown (Scott J65), dated corner block of 4, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, a real showpiece.
Maury T62; €1,750 ($1,970).
Scott $1,100+.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 424

French Offices in Hoi Hao, 1919, 2pi on 5f blue & black, triple surcharge (Scott 83a), o.g., previously hinged; pulled perforations at lower left, otherwise Fine to Very Fine, signed Calves.
Maury 81a.
Scott $750.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $300.
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Lot 425
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French Offices in Zanzibar, 1904, 1½a on 15c green (Scott 62), used as always with clear postmark, Fine, with 2000 Brun certificate.
Yvert 70. Maury 81a.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $250.
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Lot 426

French Colonies, 1946, "Chad to the Rhine" March, complete set of deluxe proofs, six proofs for each of the 15 Colonies, 90 in total, each with the official embossed seal, Very Fine, extremely rare as a complete set.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 427

French Colonies: Diego Suarez, 1892, 35c black on yellow (Scott 22), o.g., hinge remnant, expert handstamp on reverse, Very Fine.
Scott $1,300.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $350.
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Lot 428

French Colonies: French Guiana, 1892, 1c-1f overprinted complete (Scott 18-30), fresh color and perforations clear of design on most; 25c with nibbed perforation left, 35c with pulled perforation top, overall Very Fine.
Yvert 16-28.
Scott $1,250.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $225.
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Lot 429

French Colonies: French India, 1941, 18ca "France Libre" (Scott 123A), o.g., never hinged, quite rare; small faults, Very Fine appearance, signed Calves.
Scott $675.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $300.
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Lot 430

French Southern & Antarctic Territories, Airmail, 1965, 30f I.T.U., imperforate (Scott C8), dated corner of 4, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine.
Yvert PA 9; €1,160 ++ ($1,300).
Scott $800 ++.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 431

French Southern & Antarctic Territories, Airmail, 1965, 30f I.T.U. (Scott C8), dated corner of 4, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine.
Yvert PA 9; €1,160+ ($1,300).
Scott $800+.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $300.
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Lot 432

French Colonies: Madagascar, 1904, 50c carmine on rose, bisect, tied to small cover with blue Diego-Suarez, 17 Mars 04 Madagascar postmark and matching "Affranchissement - exceptionnel - faute de timbres" overprint, addressed to Diego Suarez, Madagascar, Very Fine.
Maury 87; €450 ($510).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $130.
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Lot 433

French Colonies: New Caledonia, 1932, Paris-Nouméa Flight issue (Scott 180-181), o.g., previously hinged, Fine to Very Fine, both signed Brun and Kessler.
Scott $950.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $225.
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Lot 434

French Colonies: Obock, 1894, 50fr red violet & green (Scott 64), o.g., exceptionally fresh with large margins except clipped lower left corner, Fine to Very Fine.
Yvert 64; €1,100 ($1,240).
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $350.
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Lot 435

French Colonies: Somali Coast, 1894, 25fr rose & blue "diamond" (Scott 21), o.g., bright color and clear margins all around; small, insignificant tone spot on reverse, Very Fine.
Yvert 20; €1,200 ($1,350).
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $350.
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Lot 436
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French Colonies: Somali Coast, 1894, Triangular, 25fr brown & blue (Scott 63), unused without gum, exceptionally fresh with ample, well balanced margins, Very Fine.
Scott $875 with o.g.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $200.
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Lot 437

French Colonies: Somali Coast, 1894, 50fr Crossing Desert (Scott 22), o.g., small hinge remnant, Very Fine.
Scott $600.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $275.
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Lot 438

French Colonies: Togo, 1914, French Occupation overprint on German Kaiser's Yacht (Scott 161), o.g., small hinge remnant, Very Fine, signed Champion.
Scott $600.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $180.
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