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Sale 12

The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection
of the Postage Stamps of China, 1897-1941

1923-41 Issues With Inverted Surcharges and Centres

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Lot 362 China, 1923 surcharge in red on first Peking printing 2c. on 3c. blue-green, variety surcharge inverted, deep bright colour, characteristic centring to lower right, very fine and fresh with much original gum, customary flat gum and streaks. Chan 280a.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000

Provenance: Ellery Denison, Christie's Robson Lowe, 23.11.88, lot 1160.

It is believed that there are less than twenty examples known of this error. According to contemporary reports, thirteen of these stamps were acquired at the port of Wanhsien in July, 1924, by Dr. A. Germain, the medical officer on the French gunboat "Balny". He applied two of the stamps to separate covers which he mailed to himself locally and sold ten mint examples to the French dealer Theodore Champion. Our auction records list fourteen unused examples and two single stamps used on separate envelopes.
  Realized HK$1,380,000
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Lot 363 China, 1925 surcharged in red on second Peking printing 3c. on 4c. slate-grey, variety surcharge inverted, vibrant colours and strong impression of both basic stamp and surcharge contrasted by its bright white paper, faintest trace of gum thinning which has barely disturbed the paper fibres, microscopic pinhole at lower right, very fine and exceptionally fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 281a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000,000 - 1,200,000

Expertisation: Clear Peter Holcombe certificate (1991).

Provenance: Major James Starr, Sotheby's, 13.9.91, lot 806.


Only ten examples of this error were originally reported discovered. Our auction records list five unused and three used (one on piece) examples.
  Realized HK$2,070,000
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Lot 364 P China. 1941 Dr. Sun Yat-sen New York Print Die proof of $2 in black and blue (issued colour) on India surfaced paper (72 x 85mm.) on same size card, with die number "81137", a few small marginal faults, very fine and appealing; also a mint example of the issued stamp. Chan 508.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 365 China. 1941 Dr. Sun Yat-sen New York Print $2 black and blue, variety centre inverted, deep rich colours and paper of post office freshness, characteristic centring frame to foot, pristine unmounted mint. A peerless example, superb in every aspect. Chan 508a.

Auction Record
Heinrich Köhler, 8-11.10.86, lot 6427.
Estimate HK$ 750,000 - 900,000

Only one sheet of fifty is believed to have been printed with this error.
  Realized HK$1,035,000
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