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SG112. 1929 10/- Grey and pink. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG112. 1929 10/- Grey and pink. Brilliant fresh mint...
375.00

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SG43. 1917 10/- Grey and pink. Choice superb fresh well centred
SG43. 1917 10/- Grey and pink. Choice superb fresh well centred
395.00

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SG43b. 1922 10/- Grey and pale aniline pink. Superb fresh mint..
SG43b. 1922 10/- Grey and pale aniline pink. Superb fresh mint..
425.00

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SG114. 1930 2 Black and rose. Superb well centred used...
SG114. 1930 2 Black and rose. Superb well centred used...
450.00

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SG135. 1832 5/- Grey and yellow. Superb fresh mint...
SG135. 1832 5/- Grey and yellow. Superb fresh mint...
125.00

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SG136. 1932 10/- Grey and pink. Superb fine well centred used...
SG136. 1932 10/- Grey and pink. Superb fine well centred used...
100.00

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SG143. 1932 5/- Blue-green. Choice superb fine well centred used
SG143. 1932 5/- Blue-green. Choice superb fine well centred used
150.00

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SG D18. 1902 10d. Emerald-green. Superb fresh well centred mint.
SG D18. 1902 10d. Emerald-green. Superb fresh well centred mint.
75.00

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SG D110. 1936 6d Carmine and yellow-green. Superb fresh well cen
SG D110. 1936 6d Carmine and yellow-green. Superb fresh well cen
195.00

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SG37. 1941 25r Slate-violet and purple. Choice superb fine used.
SG37. 1941 25r Slate-violet and purple. Choice superb fine used.
90.00

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SG22a. 1881 2 1/2d Rose-lake. 'Imperforate Pair'. Very fine shee
SG22a. 1881 2 1/2d Rose-lake. 'Imperforate Pair'. Very fine shee
275.00

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SG16s. 1903 50r Grey and red-brown. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh min
SG16s. 1903 50r Grey and red-brown. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh min
295.00

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SG80. 1925 $5 Green and blue. Superb fresh well centred mint...
SG80. 1925 $5 Green and blue. Superb fresh well centred mint...
140.00

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SG96ab. 1960 10r on 10/- Ultramarine. Brilliant fresh U/M block
SG96ab. 1960 10r on 10/- Ultramarine. Brilliant fresh U/M block
450.00

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SG48s-49s. 1946 Set of 2 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG48s-49s. 1946 Set of 2 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant U/M mint...
325.00

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SG1-12. 1937 Set of 12. Superb fresh mint...
SG1-12. 1937 Set of 12. Superb fresh mint...
395.00

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SG1-12. 1937 Set of 12. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG1-12. 1937 Set of 12. Choice superb fresh mint...
460.00

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SG1-17. 1925 Set of 17. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG1-17. 1925 Set of 17. Choice superb fresh mint...
420.00

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SG5a. 1851 6d Yellow-green. 'Bisect'. Superb fine used on cover.
SG5a. 1851 6d Yellow-green. 'Bisect'. Superb fine used on cover.
2,000.00

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SG17. 1857 1/- Blue-green. Superb fine used with beautiful colou
SG17. 1857 1/- Blue-green. Superb fine used with beautiful colou
1,200.00

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SG6. 1857 1/- Green. Brilliant fine used with beautiful...
SG6. 1857 1/- Green. Brilliant fine used with beautiful...
2,250.00

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SG5. 1856 2d Blue. Choice brilliant fine used pair...
SG5. 1856 2d Blue. Choice brilliant fine used pair...
450.00

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SG48. 1862 1d Vermilion. Brilliant fine used with 'A 85' (Mailbo
SG48. 1862 1d Vermilion. Brilliant fine used with 'A 85' (Mailbo
1,000.00

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SG1 Variety. 1853 1d Red-brown. Superb mint with excellent colou
SG1 Variety. 1853 1d Red-brown. Superb mint with excellent colou
1,950.00

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SG1. 1853 1d Rd-brown. Superb fine used strip of 3...
SG1. 1853 1d Rd-brown. Superb fine used strip of 3...
1,300.00

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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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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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0.00

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SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
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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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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
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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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
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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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
0.00

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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
0.00

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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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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SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
0.00

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