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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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SG147a. 1906 8c Black and vermilion. Line through 'B'. Superb U/
SG147a. 1906 8c Black and vermilion. Line through 'B'. Superb U/
250.00

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SG20c. 1917 4c + 2c Orange. 'CSOSS' for 'CROSS'. Superb fresh mi
SG20c. 1917 4c + 2c Orange. 'CSOSS' for 'CROSS'. Superb fresh mi
150.00

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SG25. 1921 $5 Green and red/pale yellow. Choice superb fresh per
SG25. 1921 $5 Green and red/pale yellow. Choice superb fresh per
120.00

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SG46. 1921 $50 Green and yellow. Choice superb fresh mint pair..
SG46. 1921 $50 Green and yellow. Choice superb fresh mint pair..
5,000.00

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SG J9a. 1943 25c Ultranarine and purple. 'Black Overprint'. Supe
SG J9a. 1943 25c Ultranarine and purple. 'Black Overprint'. Supe
350.00

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SG24. 1900 $2 Green and carmine. Exceptionally fine used...
SG24. 1900 $2 Green and carmine. Exceptionally fine used...
170.00

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SG62a. 1960 50c Black and blue. "Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant fr
SG62a. 1960 50c Black and blue. "Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant fr
850.00

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SG33 Variety. 1887 1c on 2c Pale rose. 'One' (only) doubly print
SG33 Variety. 1887 1c on 2c Pale rose. 'One' (only) doubly print
1,300.00

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SG35ba. 1889 1c on 2c Bright rose. 'PREAK' for 'PERAK'. Superb m
SG35ba. 1889 1c on 2c Bright rose. 'PREAK' for 'PERAK'. Superb m
695.00

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SG80s. 1899 $25 Green and orange. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh well
SG80s. 1899 $25 Green and orange. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh well
300.00

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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
500.00

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SG85a. 1900 3c on 50c Green and black. Antique 'e' in 'Cent'. Su
SG85a. 1900 3c on 50c Green and black. Antique 'e' in 'Cent'. Su
195.00

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SG O7. 1889 12c Brown-purple. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb mint...
SG O7. 1889 12c Brown-purple. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb mint...
200.00

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SG3. 1884 2c Pale rose. Very fine used...
SG3. 1884 2c Pale rose. Very fine used...
525.00

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SG10b. 1884 2c Pale rose. 'Overprint Double'. Brilliant fresh mi
SG10b. 1884 2c Pale rose. 'Overprint Double'. Brilliant fresh mi
750.00

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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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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
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0.00

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

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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
0.00

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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
0.00

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SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
0.00

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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
0.00

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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
0.00

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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
0.00

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

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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
0.00

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SG235b. 1933 $4.50 on 10c (Land of Heart's Delight) Orange-yello
SG235b. 1933 $4.50 on 10c (Land of Heart's Delight) Orange-yello
0.00

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SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
0.00

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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
0.00

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SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
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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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
0.00

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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
0.00

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