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SG177. 1884 10/- Ultramarine. Blued Paper. U/M corner sheet...
SG177. 1884 10/- Ultramarine. Blued Paper. U/M corner sheet...
27,000.00

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PATALIA. SG O71-O84. 1939 Set of 14. Superb fresh U/M mint...
PATALIA. SG O71-O84. 1939 Set of 14. Superb fresh U/M mint...
85.00

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SG51-65. 1891 Set of 15 plus shades. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG51-65. 1891 Set of 15 plus shades. Choice superb fresh mint...
550.00

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SG1s-SG17s. 1910 Set of 18 'Specimen'. Superb fresh mint...
SG1s-SG17s. 1910 Set of 18 'Specimen'. Superb fresh mint...
550.00

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SG17. 1907 1/2d on 1d Carmine. Superb fresh mint...
SG17. 1907 1/2d on 1d Carmine. Superb fresh mint...
45.00

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SG42. 1859 1d Dull vermilion. superb fine used with very large m
SG42. 1859 1d Dull vermilion. superb fine used with very large m
1,000.00

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SG62. 1948 15r on 1 Blue. Brilliant U/M mint pair...
SG62. 1948 15r on 1 Blue. Brilliant U/M mint pair...
50.00

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SG26. 1948 15r on 1 Blue. Brilliant U/M mint pair...
SG26. 1948 15r on 1 Blue. Brilliant U/M mint pair...
40.00

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SG12. 1853 4d Yellowish orange. Superb used pair...
SG12. 1853 4d Yellowish orange. Superb used pair...
550.00

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SG255-256. 1948 Set of 2. Brilliant U/M mint blocks of 4...
SG255-256. 1948 Set of 2. Brilliant U/M mint blocks of 4...
60.00

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SG112-134. 1921 Set of 22 plus shades. Lovely fresh mint...
SG112-134. 1921 Set of 22 plus shades. Lovely fresh mint...
95.00

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SG1-9. 1908 Set of 9. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG1-9. 1908 Set of 9. Choice superb fresh mint...
150.00

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SG1-18. 1937 Set of 18. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG1-18. 1937 Set of 18. Choice superb fresh mint...
1,750.00

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SG23-38. 1954 Set of 16. Brilliant U/M blocks of 4...
SG23-38. 1954 Set of 16. Brilliant U/M blocks of 4...
250.00

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SG95-100. 1908 Set of 4. Superb fresh mint...
SG95-100. 1908 Set of 4. Superb fresh mint...
40.00

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SG175-189. 1888 Set of 15. Exceptional superb fresh mint...
SG175-189. 1888 Set of 15. Exceptional superb fresh mint...
1,725.00

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SG D25a. 1980 5c Bright reddish violet. 'Imperforate' block of 1
SG D25a. 1980 5c Bright reddish violet. 'Imperforate' block of 1
330.00

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SG161. 1938 $10 Green and violet. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG161. 1938 $10 Green and violet. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
585.00

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SG79. 1896 $5 Green and ultramarine. Superb fresh mint...
SG79. 1896 $5 Green and ultramarine. Superb fresh mint...
440.00

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SG F10. 1897 $1 on $2 Olive-gree. Very fine fresh mint...
SG F10. 1897 $1 on $2 Olive-gree. Very fine fresh mint...
100.00

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SG T2. 1879 6d Lilac. Exceptionally fine used...
SG T2. 1879 6d Lilac. Exceptionally fine used...
165.00

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SG1843a. 1994 19p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate Pair'. U/M mint...
SG1843a. 1994 19p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate Pair'. U/M mint...
110.00

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SG750c. 1967 1/6 Multicoloured. 'Grey Omitted'. U/M mint...
SG750c. 1967 1/6 Multicoloured. 'Grey Omitted'. U/M mint...
125.00

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SG263a. 1922 10c Turquoise-blue. Stop after 'Exhibition'. Brilli
SG263a. 1922 10c Turquoise-blue. Stop after 'Exhibition'. Brilli
110.00

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SG D60. 1909 2/- Dull green. Exceptionally fine mint...
SG D60. 1909 2/- Dull green. Exceptionally fine mint...
840.00

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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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SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
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SG64a. 1939 2 1/2d Magenta and sage-green. 'Imperforate Between'
SG64a. 1939 2 1/2d Magenta and sage-green. 'Imperforate Between'
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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
0.00

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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
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SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
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SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
0.00

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

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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
0.00

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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
0.00

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SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
0.00

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