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SG100b. 1912 1c Brown. 'Crown broken at right'. Very fine U/M mi
SG100b. 1912 1c Brown. 'Crown broken at right'. Very fine U/M mi
225.00

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SG120b. 1932 4c Carmine-red. 'Top of lower Chinese characters at
SG120b. 1932 4c Carmine-red. 'Top of lower Chinese characters at
75.00

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SG1a. 1923 1/2d Green. 'Wes' for 'West'. Superb fresh U/M mint b
SG1a. 1923 1/2d Green. 'Wes' for 'West'. Superb fresh U/M mint b
80.00

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SG126a. 1921 25c Purple and magenta. 'Broken Flower'. Very fine
SG126a. 1921 25c Purple and magenta. 'Broken Flower'. Very fine
45.00

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SG3. 1852 (1d.) Blue. Choice superb fresh mint block of 15...
SG3. 1852 (1d.) Blue. Choice superb fresh mint block of 15...
675.00

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SG543bc. 1956 2d Light red-brown. 'Part perf. pane'. Brilliant f
SG543bc. 1956 2d Light red-brown. 'Part perf. pane'. Brilliant f
5,500.00

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SG40. 1907 2d Black and violet. Supern U/M mint marginal block o
SG40. 1907 2d Black and violet. Supern U/M mint marginal block o
30.00

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SG42. 1907 4d Black and sepia. Superb corner sheet marginal bloc
SG42. 1907 4d Black and sepia. Superb corner sheet marginal bloc
160.00

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SG43. 1907 6d Black and myrtle-green. Superb well centred mint m
SG43. 1907 6d Black and myrtle-green. Superb well centred mint m
150.00

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SG27b. 1902 2d Dull mauve and orange-red. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
SG27b. 1902 2d Dull mauve and orange-red. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
175.00

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SG O188. 1950 50c Green. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of 6...
SG O188. 1950 50c Green. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of 6...
70.00

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SG79a. 1912 2 1/2d Deep bright blue. Large '2' in '1/2'. U/M blo
SG79a. 1912 2 1/2d Deep bright blue. Large '2' in '1/2'. U/M blo
220.00

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SG121. 1897 1/2c Black. U/M sheet marginal block of 4...
SG121. 1897 1/2c Black. U/M sheet marginal block of 4...
225.00

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SG364. 1938 13c Blue. Brilliant fresh U/M imprint block of 4...
SG364. 1938 13c Blue. Brilliant fresh U/M imprint block of 4...
100.00

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SG19a. 1888 2/- Deep brown. Superb fresh mint block of 4...
SG19a. 1888 2/- Deep brown. Superb fresh mint block of 4...
140.00

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SG39a. 1893 1/2d on 1 1/2d Pale violet. 'Surcharge Inverted'. Ve
SG39a. 1893 1/2d on 1 1/2d Pale violet. 'Surcharge Inverted'. Ve
70.00

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SG53. 1896 1 Purple/red. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG53. 1896 1 Purple/red. Brilliant fresh mint...
180.00

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SG146. 1927 10/- Red and green/green. Very fine fresh mint...
SG146. 1927 10/- Red and green/green. Very fine fresh mint...
95.00

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SG17. 1857 1/2d Deep rose. Brilliant fine used...
SG17. 1857 1/2d Deep rose. Brilliant fine used...
600.00

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SG F182w. 1937 2 Bright purple. 'Watermark Inverted'. Brilliant
SG F182w. 1937 2 Bright purple. 'Watermark Inverted'. Brilliant
2,750.00

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SG142a. 1938 10/- Bluish green and brown-red/pale green. Brillia
SG142a. 1938 10/- Bluish green and brown-red/pale green. Brillia
350.00

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SG24. 1911 5r Ultramarine and violet. Brilliant fresh well centr
SG24. 1911 5r Ultramarine and violet. Brilliant fresh well centr
80.00

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SG260. 1913 10r Green and brown. Brilliant fresh well centred mi
SG260. 1913 10r Green and brown. Brilliant fresh well centred mi
150.00

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SG49a. 1917 1/- Bistre-brown. 'Overprint triple, two albino'. Su
SG49a. 1917 1/- Bistre-brown. 'Overprint triple, two albino'. Su
95.00

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SG F102. 1913 5/- Yellow-green. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG F102. 1913 5/- Yellow-green. Superb fresh U/M mint...
175.00

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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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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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SG70a. 1896 2 1/2d on 2/- Dull lilac. Italic "N". 1 OF ONLY 8...
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0.00

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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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0.00

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SG64a. 1939 2 1/2d Magenta and sage-green. 'Imperforate Between'
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0.00

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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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0.00

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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
0.00

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

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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
0.00

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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
0.00

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0.00

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