STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 82

German States: Baden, 1851, 9kr black on blue green, color error (Scott 4b. Michel 4F), 1st printing, nearly full o.g., with small part of gum loss at bottom right, which clearly shows the true blue-green color of the paper, the legendary unused example, color somewhat affected by surviving the bombing and fires of Berlin during World War II, clearly showing at one place on the reverse the blue-green color of the 9 Kreuzer errors of the first issue. Displaying four generous and full margins, unusual for any First Issue Baden. The cornerstone of any serious German Area collection., Extremely Fine, unique, no other mint examples have been discovered, One of the top rarities of the German States, of Europe and of Classic Philately, an immensely important stamp.

First appeared in a Berlin auction in 1919 and was subsequently in the Trusbach collection, sold by David Feldman SA in 1991; sold at "Pacific '97" in 1997 where it has resided with a private collector of historic worldwide antiquities; .

Examined and expertised with photo certificates/attests by the following: 2010 Franz Stegmüller, 1995 Maria Brettl, 1995 Jean-François Brun, 1991 Philippe Roumet, 1995 Heinzgeorg Richter, 1992 Soluphil, 1995 Roger Calves and 2012 Sergio Sismondo.

The Grand Duchy of Baden, one of the old German States which formed modern Germany in 1871, issued its first stamps in 1851. Anxious to save money, it used local talent for the printing and the paper, but went to Frankfurt am Main to find the engraver that could produce a master printing cliché which could be altered by introduction of different figures of value to produce stereotyped clichés which would be locked together to print sheets of the issue.

This is one of five examples known to exist which includes a newly discovered used example presented within this catalog.

The others are as follows:
1.) Tied to piece, "2" cancel of Achern, first auctioned in 1908 by Gilbert & Koch, then auctioned in 1919 by Gilbert and sold to dealer Theodore Champion. Now believed to reside in a collection in the United States.
2.) On cover bearing Orschweier postmark of 20 July 1851; discovered by Baron Türckheim and sold by him to the Reichpost Museum Berlin.
3.) Used on cover with Ettenheim postmark of 25 August, 1851. Discovered by Baron Türckheim and sold at auction in 1894, subsequently acquired by Ferrary. Sold at the Ferrary sale number 8, and acquired by Alfred Maier. Sold through Edward Stern of Economist Stamp Company to Alfred Caspary. In the Caspary auction (sale number 4, lot number 9) it was purchased by Herbert Bloch, as agent for John R. Boker, Jr. It was sold in the 1985 Boker auction sale (lot number 5) for DM 2,645,000, the highest price achieved, up to that time, for a European stamp.
4.) The subject example herein
5.) used cancelled "25" postmark of Konstanz, offered herein.

Price: $750,000; £588,250; €638,300; 7,500,000 SEK; HK$5,850,000.

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