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SG6a. 1/- Dull mauve. 'BISECTED" (6d.) Superb fine used on 1860
SG6a. 1/- Dull mauve. 'BISECTED" (6d.) Superb fine used on 1860
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SG O14. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Superb fine used...
SG O14. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Superb fine used...
160.00

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SG1a. 1923 1/2a Emerald. "Overprint Double'. Very fine mint...
SG1a. 1923 1/2a Emerald. "Overprint Double'. Very fine mint...
140.00

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I.E.F. SG E7a. 1914 3a Orange. No stop after "F". Superb fresh m
I.E.F. SG E7a. 1914 3a Orange. No stop after "F". Superb fresh m
140.00

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C.E.F. SG C21a. 1909 1/2a Green. 'Overprint Double, One Albino'.
C.E.F. SG C21a. 1909 1/2a Green. 'Overprint Double, One Albino'.
75.00

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INDORE. SG39a. 1941 1 1/4a Yellow-green. "Imperforate Pair'. U/M
INDORE. SG39a. 1941 1 1/4a Yellow-green. "Imperforate Pair'. U/M
375.00

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I.E.F. SG E9a. 1914 8a Deepmagenta. No stop after 'F'. Very fine
I.E.F. SG E9a. 1914 8a Deepmagenta. No stop after 'F'. Very fine
195.00

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SG85a. 1920 1/- Orange-yellow and red-orange. 'FRAME INVERTED'.
SG85a. 1920 1/- Orange-yellow and red-orange. 'FRAME INVERTED'.
0.00

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SG317a. 1951 $1 Bright violet. Perf.14x13. Choice superb fine us
SG317a. 1951 $1 Bright violet. Perf.14x13. Choice superb fine us
395.00

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SG153a. 1950 12c Claret. Choice brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG153a. 1950 12c Claret. Choice brilliant fresh U/M mint...
625.00

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SG181a. 1948 1p.20c on 1/- Brown. 'Surcharge Double'. Superb fre
SG181a. 1948 1p.20c on 1/- Brown. 'Surcharge Double'. Superb fre
950.00

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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. Superb perfectly centred mint...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. Superb perfectly centred mint...
1,950.00

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SG138. 1933 1 Black and carmine. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG138. 1933 1 Black and carmine. Superb fresh U/M mint...
2,100.00

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SG89k. 1932 2/6 Black and bright orange-vermilion/deep blue. U/M
SG89k. 1932 2/6 Black and bright orange-vermilion/deep blue. U/M
2,950.00

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SG81. 1908 1 Purple and black/red. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG81. 1908 1 Purple and black/red. Brilliant fresh mint...
495.00

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SG J53c. 1942 8a on 8s Violet. 'Surcharge in red'. Superb perfec
SG J53c. 1942 8a on 8s Violet. 'Surcharge in red'. Superb perfec
250.00

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SG J19a. 1942 6p Bright blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of
SG J19a. 1942 6p Bright blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of
300.00

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SG J19a. 1942 6p Bright blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG J19a. 1942 6p Bright blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
75.00

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SG B2a. 1898 10pa Blue. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant fresh mint
SG B2a. 1898 10pa Blue. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant fresh mint
295.00

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SG B1. 1898 20pa Bright violet. Superb fresh mint horizontal str
SG B1. 1898 20pa Bright violet. Superb fresh mint horizontal str
2,500.00

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SG S6. 1916 6d Reddish purple. Superb well centred mint...
SG S6. 1916 6d Reddish purple. Superb well centred mint...
80.00

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SG S2a. 1916 1d Scarlet. 'Overprint Double'. Superb fine used in
SG S2a. 1916 1d Scarlet. 'Overprint Double'. Superb fine used in
2,500.00

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IDAR. SG5b. 1944 2a Blue. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair'
IDAR. SG5b. 1944 2a Blue. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair'
125.00

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C.E.F. SG C14a. 1911 2a Mauve. 'Overprint Double, One Albino. Su
C.E.F. SG C14a. 1911 2a Mauve. 'Overprint Double, One Albino. Su
150.00

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SG9. 1882 24c Green. Very fine mint...
SG9. 1882 24c Green. Very fine mint...
475.00

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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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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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SG85a. 1920 1/- Orange-yellow and red-orange. 'FRAME INVERTED'.
SG85a. 1920 1/- Orange-yellow and red-orange. 'FRAME INVERTED'.
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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
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SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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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...
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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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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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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
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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
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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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SG70a. 1896 2 1/2d on 2/- Dull lilac. Italic "N". 1 OF ONLY 8...
SG70a. 1896 2 1/2d on 2/- Dull lilac. Italic "N". 1 OF ONLY 8...
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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
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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
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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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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
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SG6b. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. 'SURCHARGE TETE-BECHE'. The Mos
SG6b. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. 'SURCHARGE TETE-BECHE'. The Mos
0.00

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