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SG68b. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. The Unique sheet
SG68b. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. The Unique sheet
5,250.00

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SG57s-66s. 1902 Set of 10 'SPECIMEN'. Superb mint...
SG57s-66s. 1902 Set of 10 'SPECIMEN'. Superb mint...
125.00

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SG89-102. 1918 Set of 14. Superb mint with beautiful...
SG89-102. 1918 Set of 14. Superb mint with beautiful...
440.00

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SG21a-21c. 1888 $2 to $5. All brilliant U/M mint...
SG21a-21c. 1888 $2 to $5. All brilliant U/M mint...
3,125.00

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SG120y. 1918 3c Orange. 'Watermark Inverted and Reversed'. U/M b
SG120y. 1918 3c Orange. 'Watermark Inverted and Reversed'. U/M b
750.00

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SG66-75. 1895 Set to 50c (both), superb fresh mint...
SG66-75. 1895 Set to 50c (both), superb fresh mint...
320.00

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SG12a. 1858 1/- Black. Brilliant fresh mint block of 4...
SG12a. 1858 1/- Black. Brilliant fresh mint block of 4...
840.00

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1840. 1d Black. Plate 6. Lettered J-B. Superb fine used with ver
1840. 1d Black. Plate 6. Lettered J-B. Superb fine used with ver
295.00

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SG205a. 1967 4d Multicoloured. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M block of 4...
SG205a. 1967 4d Multicoloured. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M block of 4...
1,100.00

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SG TK2a. 1943 2c Black. 'Handstamp Omitted'. Brilliant fresh unu
SG TK2a. 1943 2c Black. 'Handstamp Omitted'. Brilliant fresh unu
585.00

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SG8. 1857 8d Scarlet-vermilion. Superb fine used with large marg
SG8. 1857 8d Scarlet-vermilion. Superb fine used with large marg
575.00

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SG5. 1848 2d Blue/bluish. Superb used with very large balanced m
SG5. 1848 2d Blue/bluish. Superb used with very large balanced m
0.00

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SG TK1-TK5. 1943 Set of 5. Choice superb unused...
SG TK1-TK5. 1943 Set of 5. Choice superb unused...
1,175.00

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SG4b. 1854 (2d) Greyish slate "BISECT". Entire to Bermuda...
SG4b. 1854 (2d) Greyish slate "BISECT". Entire to Bermuda...
0.00

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Federal Territory Issue. SG K5a. 1979 15c 'Imperf. Between'. U/M
Federal Territory Issue. SG K5a. 1979 15c 'Imperf. Between'. U/M
1,625.00

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SG137b.1965 2c Multicoloured. 'Yellow (flower) Omitted'. U/M hal
SG137b.1965 2c Multicoloured. 'Yellow (flower) Omitted'. U/M hal
2,500.00

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SG68b. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Yellow (flower) Omitted'. U/M she
SG68b. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Yellow (flower) Omitted'. U/M she
5,000.00

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SG83c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red (leaves etc.) Omitted'. Super
SG83c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red (leaves etc.) Omitted'. Super
1,475.00

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SG83c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red (leaves etc.) Omitted'. U/M m
SG83c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red (leaves etc.) Omitted'. U/M m
75.00

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SG83c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red (leaves etc.) Omitted'. U/M b
SG83c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red (leaves etc.) Omitted'. U/M b
150.00

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SG83c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red (leaves etc.) Omitted'. U/M b
SG83c. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Red (leaves etc.) Omitted'. U/M b
170.00

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SG52. 1969 Full set of 15 values all used on seperate covers...
SG52. 1969 Full set of 15 values all used on seperate covers...
165.00

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SG61. 1922 1 Purple and black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M block...
SG61. 1922 1 Purple and black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M block...
1,625.00

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SG81. 1908 1 Purple and black/red. Very fine well centred mint.
SG81. 1908 1 Purple and black/red. Very fine well centred mint.
375.00

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SG66s. 1897 $25 Green and orange. Superb fresh 'SPECIMEN'...
SG66s. 1897 $25 Green and orange. Superb fresh 'SPECIMEN'...
275.00

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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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