STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 37


German States: Baden, 1851, 9kr black on blue green, color error (Scott 4b. Michel 4F), 1st printing, a new discovery of one of German philately's rarest stamps.

One of only five known errors of color (three of the other four are on cover or piece, one is unused; one cover held by the Reichspost Museum in Berlin), accompanied by a four-page 2018 Sismondo certificate which describes the stamp and its kin in exhaustive detail.

This stamp, with margins clear at bottom and touching the other three sides, bears a four-ring numeral "25" postmark of Konstanz. The blue green paper, intended solely for printing the 6kr value of the First Issue, has changed over time to a yellowish green (as has the paper on the sole unused example), most likely due to less-than-optimal storage conditions in the past 168 years. The stamp has a small wedge of paper (approximately 1.5mm long and 0.5mm wide) separating at the upper right corner, two fairly large thins on reverse (gained in its removal from its document or cover), and abrasion of the black ink, giving the stamp a gray impression.

Just how this error came about is still a matter of conjecture. The prevailing theory is that one or more sheets of 90 subjects were printed on the wrong color stock, but a competing theory holds that a 9kr cliché was accidentally inserted into the 6kr printing plate. Both possibilities have their pros and cons-and will likely never be determined beyond a reasonable doubt. Whatever the reason for the error, the qualities of the paper used, and the specifics of the design, all lead to the conclusion that this is a genuine example., one of only five known errors of color, the only off-cover example.

Scott $1,300,000. Michel €1,000,000 ($1,121,000).

This is one savvy collector's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain a true exhibition-worthy rarity.

Price: $275,000; £215,700; €234,000; 2,750,000 SEK; HK$2,145,000.

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