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SG114-123. 1934 Set of 10. Very fine mint...
SG114-123. 1934 Set of 10. Very fine mint...
195.00

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SG72-81 (inc.SG73a). 1912 Set superb fresh mint, 3/- U/M...
SG72-81 (inc.SG73a). 1912 Set superb fresh mint, 3/- U/M...
75.00

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SG72-81 (inc.SG73a). 1912 Set superb fresh U/M mint...
SG72-81 (inc.SG73a). 1912 Set superb fresh U/M mint...
150.00

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SG29b. 1886 1/2 on 1/2pi. Emerald-green. Small "1" at right...
SG29b. 1886 1/2 on 1/2pi. Emerald-green. Small "1" at right...
2,950.00

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SG28a. 1886 1/2 on 1/2pi Emerald-green. Large "1" at left. Super
SG28a. 1886 1/2 on 1/2pi Emerald-green. Large "1" at left. Super
1,250.00

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SG97c. 1923 1/2d Grey and black. 'Cleft Rock'. Brilliant fresh m
SG97c. 1923 1/2d Grey and black. 'Cleft Rock'. Brilliant fresh m
50.00

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SG96. 1922 1 Grey and puplr/red. Brilliant U/M corner sheet mar
SG96. 1922 1 Grey and puplr/red. Brilliant U/M corner sheet mar
450.00

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SG112. 1922 10/- Grey and olive-green. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG112. 1922 10/- Grey and olive-green. Brilliant U/M mint...
150.00

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SG255. 1902 10/- Black and purple/red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint.
SG255. 1902 10/- Black and purple/red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint.
80.00

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SG255. 1902 10/- Black and purple/red. Superb mint with brillian
SG255. 1902 10/- Black and purple/red. Superb mint with brillian
40.00

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SG271. 1907 10/- Black and purple/red. Choice superb fresh mint.
SG271. 1907 10/- Black and purple/red. Choice superb fresh mint.
50.00

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SG272. 1908 1 Green and violet. Very fine mint...
SG272. 1908 1 Green and violet. Very fine mint...
195.00

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SG272a. 1908 1 Green and violet. Chalk-surfaced paper. Superb m
SG272a. 1908 1 Green and violet. Chalk-surfaced paper. Superb m
150.00

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SG120. 1913 1 Mauve and black. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG120. 1913 1 Mauve and black. Superb fresh U/M mint...
100.00

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SG84-93. 1904 Set of 9. Brilliant fresh mint blocks of four...
SG84-93. 1904 Set of 9. Brilliant fresh mint blocks of four...
2,000.00

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SG95-100. 1908 Set of 4. Brilliant mint blocks...
SG95-100. 1908 Set of 4. Brilliant mint blocks...
250.00

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SG15b. 1924 4d Grey-black and black/yellow. 'Torn Flag'. Brillia
SG15b. 1924 4d Grey-black and black/yellow. 'Torn Flag'. Brillia
360.00

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SG69. 1914 1 Black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG69. 1914 1 Black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
480.00

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SG358s. 1924 50r Dull purple. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh well cent
SG358s. 1924 50r Dull purple. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh well cent
125.00

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SG359s. 1924 100r Grey-black. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
SG359s. 1924 100r Grey-black. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
325.00

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SG126. 1929 1 Black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M minr marginal...
SG126. 1929 1 Black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M minr marginal...
325.00

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SG10. 1855 1d Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG10. 1855 1d Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
85.00

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SG157. 1938 $2 Red-orange and green. Brilliant U/M block of 6...
SG157. 1938 $2 Red-orange and green. Brilliant U/M block of 6...
360.00

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SG10. 1855 1d Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint block...
SG10. 1855 1d Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint block...
340.00

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SG J118. 1942 $100 Green and scarlet. The UNIQUE mint block of f
SG J118. 1942 $100 Green and scarlet. The UNIQUE mint block of f
7,000.00

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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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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
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SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
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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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SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
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SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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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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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
0.00

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SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
0.00

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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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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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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