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SG2a. 1941 1d Scarlet. 'Imperforate between, vertical pair'. U/M
SG2a. 1941 1d Scarlet. 'Imperforate between, vertical pair'. U/M
2,000.00

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SG136a. 1933 5/- Black and yellow-orange. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
SG136a. 1933 5/- Black and yellow-orange. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
2,200.00

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SG135w. 1953 3 Green. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fresh U/M mi
SG135w. 1953 3 Green. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fresh U/M mi
60.00

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SG58a. 1956 1 1/2a on 1 1/2d Green. THE RAREST STAMP OF QUEEN EL
SG58a. 1956 1 1/2a on 1 1/2d Green. THE RAREST STAMP OF QUEEN EL
0.00

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SG205b. 1888 2(c) on 4c Rose. "Surcharge Double'. Superb mint bl
SG205b. 1888 2(c) on 4c Rose. "Surcharge Double'. Superb mint bl
325.00

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SG150a. 1941 1 Black and red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block...
SG150a. 1941 1 Black and red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block...
140.00

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SG211a. 1935 2 1/2d Brown and deep blue. 'Extra Flagstaff'. U/M
SG211a. 1935 2 1/2d Brown and deep blue. 'Extra Flagstaff'. U/M
120.00

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SG367a. 1966 3d Pope Pius V. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M block...
SG367a. 1966 3d Pope Pius V. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M block...
1,400.00

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SG469a(2), 469b. 1938 5d Brown. 'Imperforate'. U/M block...
SG469a(2), 469b. 1938 5d Brown. 'Imperforate'. U/M block...
0.00

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SG439b. 1934 1/2d Green. 'Imperf. three sides'. U/M mint block..
SG439b. 1934 1/2d Green. 'Imperf. three sides'. U/M mint block..
6,500.00

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SG486 Variety. 'Imperforate at base'. Superb fresh sheet margina
SG486 Variety. 'Imperforate at base'. Superb fresh sheet margina
495.00

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SG486b. 1941 1d Pale scarlet. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brillia fresh
SG486b. 1941 1d Pale scarlet. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brillia fresh
4,500.00

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SG488c. 1941 2d Pale orange. 'Imperforate Pair'. U/M block of 4.
SG488c. 1941 2d Pale orange. 'Imperforate Pair'. U/M block of 4.
0.00

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SG504b. 1951 1d pale ultramarine. 'Imperforate pair'. U/M mint..
SG504b. 1951 1d pale ultramarine. 'Imperforate pair'. U/M mint..
4,000.00

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SG504c. 1951 1d Light ultramarine. 'Imperforate three sides'. Br
SG504c. 1951 1d Light ultramarine. 'Imperforate three sides'. Br
3,750.00

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SG84c. 1900 3c on 8c Dull purple and ultramarine. 'Surcharge Dou
SG84c. 1900 3c on 8c Dull purple and ultramarine. 'Surcharge Dou
350.00

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SG26 Variety. 1899 4c Black. 'Pin-perforated'. Superb fine used
SG26 Variety. 1899 4c Black. 'Pin-perforated'. Superb fine used
4,500.00

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SG47. 1891 2c on 24c Green. Exceptionally fine used...
SG47. 1891 2c on 24c Green. Exceptionally fine used...
125.00

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SG64. 1895 $5 Green and blue. Choice superb fine well centred mi
SG64. 1895 $5 Green and blue. Choice superb fine well centred mi
300.00

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SG138c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red Omotted'. Brilliant fresh U/
SG138c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red Omotted'. Brilliant fresh U/
325.00

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SG85b. 1887 2c on 5c Blue. 'Surcharge Double'. Superb mint with
SG85b. 1887 2c on 5c Blue. 'Surcharge Double'. Superb mint with
1,400.00

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SG94a. 1894 3c on 32c Carmine-rose. 'Surcharge Omitted'. Choice
SG94a. 1894 3c on 32c Carmine-rose. 'Surcharge Omitted'. Choice
4,100.00

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SG122s. 1903 $100 Purple and green/yellow. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb U/
SG122s. 1903 $100 Purple and green/yellow. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb U/
600.00

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SG138. 1905 $5 Dull green and brown-orange. Superb fresh well ce
SG138. 1905 $5 Dull green and brown-orange. Superb fresh well ce
300.00

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SG142a 1906 2c Black and green. Perf. 14.5 - 15. Superb fresh mi
SG142a 1906 2c Black and green. Perf. 14.5 - 15. Superb fresh mi
140.00

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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately! P.O.R.
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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SG3. 1848.

1d. Orange-vermilion. 'EARLIEST IMPRESSION'.

THE STAGGERING CORNER SHEET MARGINAL MINT BLOCK OF FOUR (positions 7-8/10-11) WITH WONDERFUL FULL COLOUR, MASSIVE MARGINS AND ORIGINAL GUM.

Several Certificates.

Provenance;  H.J. Duveen, Alfred H. Caspary, Arthur Hind, H.R. Harmer (London, 12 June 1934), Raymond H. Weill, H.R. Harmer (New York, 26 February 1958), Josiah K. Lilly, Raymond H. Weill (again), Rober A. Siegel (March 1967).

See : ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF RARE AND FAMOUS STAMPS by L.N. Williams (page 208).

THE MOST IMPORTANT IMPERFORATE MINT BLOCK OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH.                  

 

History

This remarkable survivor from the early period of the Mauritius post office can be traced as far back as Henry J. Duveen's ownership. It is not known from whom Duveen acquired the block, although he did purchase a significant portion of Sir William B. Avery's Mauritius collection. When the Duveen collection was dispersed through private sales by Charles J. Phillips in 1922-1926, the block figured prominently among the items purchased by Arthur Hind. After Hind's death, his Mauritius was offered as the fourth part of the British Empire series conducted by H. R. Harmer of London (June 12, 1934), and the "Post Paid" block sold for the U.S. dollar equivalent of $23,688, a staggering price that eclipsed the combined figure paid for the 1p and 2p "Post Office" stamps and came close to matching the amount realized by the 1p and 2p "Post Office" combination cover. The buyer was Alfred H. Caspary, presumably in competition with Maurice Burrus and Alfred F. Lichtenstein. Although Caspary's Mauritius collection paled in comparison to the holdings of his contemporaries, Burrus and Lichtenstein - he lacked even a single example of the "Post Office" stamps - the two titans of British Empire philately must have coveted their friend's "Post Paid" block. In 1958, after Caspary's death, his Mauritius was sold by H. R. Harmer, and the "Post Paid" block was featured in color in the sale catalogue, the only item in all of the Caspary sales to receive such chromatic distinction. It realized $18,500 and soon became part of the Josiah K. Lilly collection. When Siegel sold the Lilly collection after his death, the "Post Paid" block realized $64,000 (March 16, 1967).


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SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
0.00

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0.00

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SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
0.00

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0.00

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0.00

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0.00

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SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
0.00

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0.00

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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
0.00

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0.00

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0.00

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0.00

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