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SG636a. 1963 6d Green and mauve. 'Green Omitted'. Brilliant fres
SG636a. 1963 6d Green and mauve. 'Green Omitted'. Brilliant fres
4,950.00

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SG658wi. 1964 1/3 Multicoloured. 'Watermark Inverted'. Brilliant
SG658wi. 1964 1/3 Multicoloured. 'Watermark Inverted'. Brilliant
2,250.00

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SG819a. 1970 5d Multicoloured. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M mint...
SG819a. 1970 5d Multicoloured. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M mint...
2,000.00

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SG756b. 1967 3p Multicoloured. 'Printed on the gummed side'. U/M
SG756b. 1967 3p Multicoloured. 'Printed on the gummed side'. U/M
4,250.00

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SG779ab. 1969 9d Multicoloured. 'Red and blue Omitted'. U/M stri
SG779ab. 1969 9d Multicoloured. 'Red and blue Omitted'. U/M stri
2,000.00

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SG899a. 1972 7 1/2p Multicoloured. 'Gold (Queen's head) Omitted'
SG899a. 1972 7 1/2p Multicoloured. 'Gold (Queen's head) Omitted'
1,750.00

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SG906a. 1972 5p Multicoloured. 'Gold (Queen's head) Omitted. U/M
SG906a. 1972 5p Multicoloured. 'Gold (Queen's head) Omitted. U/M
275.00

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SG101. 1935 10/- Indigo. Superb fresh well centred mint...
SG101. 1935 10/- Indigo. Superb fresh well centred mint...
195.00

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SG88a. 1928 10/- Dull grey-blue. Circumflex accent over "a". Sup
SG88a. 1928 10/- Dull grey-blue. Circumflex accent over "a". Sup
695.00

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SG48-72. 1953 Set complete with every shade U/M mint...
SG48-72. 1953 Set complete with every shade U/M mint...
300.00

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SG16-27. 1939 Set of 13. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG16-27. 1939 Set of 13. Superb fresh U/M mint...
65.00

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South Georgia. SG18-31. 1971 Set with all varieties, U/M mint...
South Georgia. SG18-31. 1971 Set with all varieties, U/M mint...
60.00

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SG42-54. 1961 Set of 13. U/M Pl. No. corner pairs...
SG42-54. 1961 Set of 13. U/M Pl. No. corner pairs...
140.00

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SG99-101. 1935 Set of 3. Superb fresh mint...
SG99-101. 1935 Set of 3. Superb fresh mint...
260.00

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SG99-101. 1935 Set of 3. Superb fresh well centred mint...
SG99-101. 1935 Set of 3. Superb fresh well centred mint...
250.00

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SG164. 1910 10/- Blue-green and orange. Very fine fresh mint...
SG164. 1910 10/- Blue-green and orange. Very fine fresh mint...
225.00

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SG31. 1857 2d Green. Fine used strip of 3...
SG31. 1857 2d Green. Fine used strip of 3...
75.00

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SG19. 1859 6d Grey-black. Very fine used...
SG19. 1859 6d Grey-black. Very fine used...
450.00

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SG52. 1862 3d Brown-lilac. Very fine used...
SG52. 1862 3d Brown-lilac. Very fine used...
575.00

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SG89. 1862 1/- Deep green. Superb fine used sheet marginal...
SG89. 1862 1/- Deep green. Superb fine used sheet marginal...
1,200.00

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SG73. 1874 1/- Mauve. Very fine fresh mint...
SG73. 1874 1/- Mauve. Very fine fresh mint...
225.00

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SG4c. 1855 1/- Pale brown. Very fine fresh unused...
SG4c. 1855 1/- Pale brown. Very fine fresh unused...
125.00

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SG124. 1864 1/- Green. Fine used strip of 3...
SG124. 1864 1/- Green. Fine used strip of 3...
195.00

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SG13. 1900 6d on 2d Green and carmine. Envelope to Bulawayo...
SG13. 1900 6d on 2d Green and carmine. Envelope to Bulawayo...
2,500.00

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SG997a. 1976 8 1/2p Blue and deep rose. 'Rose Omitted'. U/M mint
SG997a. 1976 8 1/2p Blue and deep rose. 'Rose Omitted'. U/M mint
9,000.00

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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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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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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE 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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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...
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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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
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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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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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
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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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
0.00

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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
0.00

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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
0.00

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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
0.00

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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...
0.00

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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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1840. 1d Black. Plate 11. Lettered L-J/L-L. Remarkable mint stri
1840. 1d Black. Plate 11. Lettered L-J/L-L. Remarkable mint stri
55,000.00

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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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