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SG30. 1886 3d Rose. Superb fresh mint with original...
SG30. 1886 3d Rose. Superb fresh mint with original...
1,100.00

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SG178. 1933 5/- Black and purple. Choice superb fresh well centr
SG178. 1933 5/- Black and purple. Choice superb fresh well centr
130.00

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SG132. 1928 1 Blue and bistre-brown. Superb fresh mint...
SG132. 1928 1 Blue and bistre-brown. Superb fresh mint...
160.00

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SG22c. 1965 50c Multicoloured. 'Scarlet Omitted'. Brilliant Post
SG22c. 1965 50c Multicoloured. 'Scarlet Omitted'. Brilliant Post
100.00

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SG11. 1892 2 Rose-red. Outstanding used block of 4..
SG11. 1892 2 Rose-red. Outstanding used block of 4..
525.00

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SG12. 1892 5 sage-green. Brilliant fresh mint with beautiful co
SG12. 1892 5 sage-green. Brilliant fresh mint with beautiful co
1,500.00

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SG13. 1892 10 Brown. A magnificent U/M top sheet marginal mint.
SG13. 1892 10 Brown. A magnificent U/M top sheet marginal mint.
2,950.00

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SG26. 1893 4/- Grey-black and vermilion. Brilliant fresh U/M min
SG26. 1893 4/- Grey-black and vermilion. Brilliant fresh U/M min
200.00

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SG74. 1897 2 Rosy red. Brilliant fresh mint marginal pair...
SG74. 1897 2 Rosy red. Brilliant fresh mint marginal pair...
3,250.00

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SG82a. 1898 4d Olive. 'Imperforate Between'. Brilliant mint bloc
SG82a. 1898 4d Olive. 'Imperforate Between'. Brilliant mint bloc
1,300.00

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SG52. 1896 1d on 4s Grey-black and vermilion. Superb mint...
SG52. 1896 1d on 4s Grey-black and vermilion. Superb mint...
240.00

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SG85a. 1906 2/6 Bluish grey. 'Imperforate Between'. Choice super
SG85a. 1906 2/6 Bluish grey. 'Imperforate Between'. Choice super
900.00

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SG91. 1908 2 Brown. Brilliant fresh well centred mint block...
SG91. 1908 2 Brown. Brilliant fresh well centred mint block...
475.00

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SG92. 1901 5 Deep blue. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG92. 1901 5 Deep blue. Choice superb fresh mint...
3,000.00

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SG113d. 1912 2 Rosy brown (bluish paper). Choice brilliant fres
SG113d. 1912 2 Rosy brown (bluish paper). Choice brilliant fres
2,950.00

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SG F205. 1946 30/- Brown. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG F205. 1946 30/- Brown. Choice superb fresh mint...
275.00

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SG342. 1904 4d Blue and chestnut/bluish. 'Mixed Perfs'. Brillian
SG342. 1904 4d Blue and chestnut/bluish. 'Mixed Perfs'. Brillian
750.00

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SG401a. 1915 3d Chestnut. 'Mixed Perfs'. Superb mint block of fo
SG401a. 1915 3d Chestnut. 'Mixed Perfs'. Superb mint block of fo
325.00

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SG465a 1925 4d Mauve/pale mauve. 'POSTAGF' Error. U/M mint block
SG465a 1925 4d Mauve/pale mauve. 'POSTAGF' Error. U/M mint block
150.00

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SG554. 1934 7d Light blue. Choice superb fresh U/M top corner sh
SG554. 1934 7d Light blue. Choice superb fresh U/M top corner sh
120.00

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SG F156. 1935 12/6 Deep plum. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG F156. 1935 12/6 Deep plum. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
150.00

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SG F168. 1931 5 Indigo-blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG F168. 1931 5 Indigo-blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
450.00

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SG F176. 1936 9/- Brown-orange. Superb fresh well centred mint..
SG F176. 1936 9/- Brown-orange. Superb fresh well centred mint..
260.00

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SG F207. 1951 2-10-0 Red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG F207. 1951 2-10-0 Red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
375.00

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SG F210. 1952 4 Light blue. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG F210. 1952 4 Light blue. Superb fresh U/M mint...
195.00

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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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SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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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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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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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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SG39a,39ab. 1859 2d Blue. 'MAURITUIS' for 'MAURITIUS'. UNIQUE...
SG39a,39ab. 1859 2d Blue. 'MAURITUIS' for 'MAURITIUS'. UNIQUE...
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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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
0.00

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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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
0.00

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SG O1. 1934 The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
SG O1. 1934 The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
0.00

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

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