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China (Republic): 1912-1949 Issues
 
 
 

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Lot 2097 /o China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" overprint for use in Foochow 3c. used (2, one on small piece) and 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint for use in Hankow, Nanking and Changsha 7c. crimson-lake unused with small part original gum, a few lightly foxed perfs., otherwise fine. Chan 140, 146.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2098 China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" overprint for use in Foochow $1 red and flesh, good colours, well centred for this, unused with much original gum (glazed in places), uniformly gum toned, a very good spacefiller for this rare stamp. Chan 141.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Only 96 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 2099 China, 1912 "Provisional Neutrality" overprint for use in Foochow $2 claret and yellow, deep rich colours, well centred, fine unused with much original gum which has partly "dried" into the paper, one perf. a trifle short at foot. Chan 142.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000


Only 96 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$46,000
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Lot 2100 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 1c. brownish orange and 3c. blue-green (2, one has light horizontal crease at foot), for use in Hankow, Nanking and Changsha, fine to very fine mint. Chan 144, 145.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 2101 / China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 3c. blue-green, horizontal strip of four, bright colour on pristine white paper, very fine mint, left pair unmounted. Chan 145.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 2102 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 3c. blue-green and 16c. olive-green, on separate pieces, each cancelled by "Nanking" c.d.s. (22.3.12), fine to very fine, the 16c. has a few lightly foxed perfs. Chan 145, 147.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 17.

Only 200 stamps of the 16c. value were overprinted/sold, and, of these, only 75 examples were sold in Nanking.
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 2103 o China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 50c. green, fresh colour, well centred, lightly cancelled by "Hankow" bilingual c.d.s. (23.3.12), very fine and rare. Chan 148.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000


Only 87 stamps were overprinted/sold.
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 2104 China, 1912 "Republic of China Provisional Neutrality" overprint 1c. to 16c. cancelled by "Hankow" bilingual c.d.s. on 1912 (22 Mar.) "S.S. 'Anna.' Tönsberg" local corner card envelope, cover has filing folds well clear of adhesives which are very fine. Chan 144-147.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 17.
  Realized HK$109,250
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Lot 2105 / China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c. to $5, fine to very fine and fresh mint, a number including the $2 are unmounted, the 50c. has a few lightly foxed perfs. Chan 152-166.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 2106 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c. to $5, fine to very fine and fresh unused with part to much original gum, the 1c. is the Commercial Press surcharge, the 5c. is toned and the $5 has a couple of faintly foxed perfs. Chan 152, 154-166, 167.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 2107 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c. to $5, blocks of four, good colours, fine unused with much original gum, which is a little flat, the 1c. is the Commercial Press surcharge. Chan 152, 154-166, 167.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 2108 / China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c. to $2 with additional 1c (2, one is Commercial Press overprint), fine to very fine and fresh unused with part to full original gum, the $1 and $2 are unmounted mint. Chan 152-165, 167.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 2109 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint ½c. brown vertical corner pair with sheet margin at left and interpane margin at foot, variety overprint inverted, cancelled by "Peking (1)" bilingual c.d.s. on 1913 (23 June) local envelope, with same day arrival c.d.s. on reverse, very fine. Chan 152c.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2110 o China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint 1c. brownish orange, pane of twenty with sheet margin at right and interpane margin at left, position 12 is the basic stamp retouched "One" and position 20 is the basic stamp broken top of "One", cancelled by "Shanghai" bilingual c.d.s., closed tear affecting positions 13-14 and some split and rejoined perfs., very fine and fresh appearance. An outstanding positional piece. Chan 153, b, c.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 2111 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint $1 red and flesh and Waterlow overprint $1 red and flesh, both very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the former (misplaced background) has one faintly foxed perf. and a hinge remainder. Chan 164, 181.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2112 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint $1 red and flesh block of four, very fine and fresh unmounted mint. Chan 164.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 2113 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint $1 red and flesh, variety retouched "One", deep rich colour, near perfect centring, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, paper hinge remainder. Chan 164a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2114 o China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint $1 red and flesh, basic stamp retouched "One", bright colours, well centred, cancelled by c.d.s., very fine. Chan 164a.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


Provenance: Ex Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman.
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Lot 2115 o China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint $1 red and flesh, variety overprint inverted, basic stamp position 45, overprint type 4, resilient colours, outstanding centring, clearly cancelled by Kwangtung, Kwangchow (Canton) c.d.s. of 17 June, 1st year (1912), very fine and one of the finest examples extant, especially so with such a legible cancellation, one thin perf. at left which is of no consequence to the exceptional quality of what is one of the great rarities of the early Republic. Chan 164b.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000


Expertisation: Gebrüder Senf, Leipzig.

Provenance: Brun Pederson, Stanley Gibbons (London), 15.2.80, lot 1302
Henry Nyi.

References: Henry Nyi, "The Inverted Overprint 'Chung Hwa Min Kuo'. The Republic of China $1.00 Value of the 1912 Issue (Scott No. 158a)," The China Clipper, Vol. 56, No. 6, pp. 196-199. This is number 4 of the eight examples recorded in this article.
Man Yung, "A Survey of the Inverted Song Type Chinese Overprint 'Republic of China' on One Dollar Wild Goose Stamp," China Philately (Beijing), No. 4 (July, 1992), pp. 26-28. This is number 4 of the nine examples recorded in this article.

THERE ARE PROBABLY ONLY 10 OR SO DOCUMENTED EXAMPLES OF THIS VARIETY KNOWN TO DATE. OF THESE, ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES, INCLUDING THE ABOVE, HAVE THE COMPLETE "JUNE 17 1ST YEAR DATE".

From studies undertaken of the genuine extant examples, it appears that all were used on the same day, 17 June 1st year (1912), in Kwangtung, Kwangchow, though the city and province names are not legible on some of the examples.
  Realized HK$207,000
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Lot 2116 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Commercial Press overprint 1c. ochre, block of six (2 x 3) with sheet margin at right, middle stamp in the second vertical row is plate variety basic stamp retouched "One", very fine and fresh unused with traces of original gum. Chan 167, a.
Estimate HK$ 6,500 - 8,000


See also lot 3122.
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 2117 o China, 1912 "Republic of China" Waterlow overprint 3c. blue-green, variety overprint inverted, lightly cancelled by c.d.s., fine and rare. Chan 172b.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 2118 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Waterlow overprint $1 red and flesh, variety retouched "One", fine and fresh unused with much original gum, faintly foxed perfs. at left which are hardly noticeable. Chan 181a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2119 China, 1912 "Republic of China" Waterlow overprint $2 claret and yellow, re-entry of "Nee", fine unused with much original gum, a couple of faintly foxed perf. tips. Chan 182a.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
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Lot 2120 /o China, 1912 "Republic of China" overprint varieties (3), comprising Statistical Dept. of Customs 1c. with overprint shifted to right and Commercial Press 1c. with overprint double (one misplaced), both unused, and Statistical Dept. of Customs Postage Due 1c. with overprint inverted used, fine. Chan 153 var., 167d, D24a.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2121 China, 1912 Commemorating the Revolution and the Republic 1c. to $5, both sets, very fine and wonderfully fresh mint, the Republic 1c., 2c. and 20c. have negligible thin spots. A particularly choice set. Chan 184-207.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, pages 65, 67.
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 2122 China, 1912 Commemorating the Revolution and the Republic 1c. to $5, both sets, mainly fine to very fine mint, a few of the Republic stamps including the $2 have thins. Chan 184-207.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 2123 China, 1912 Commemorating the Revolution and the Republic 1c. to $5, both sets, mainly fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the Republic 10c. and $2 have thins, and the $5 has minute inclusion on President Yuan Shih-kai's forehead. Chan 184-207.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 2124 o China, 1912 Commemorating the Revolution 2c. yellow-green, cancelled by native lunar segmented c.d.s. (11.2.13; 1st month, 6th day), very fine. Chan 185.
Estimate HK$ 500 - 750
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 2125 o China, 1912 Commemorating the Revolution 5c. and 16c. and the Republic 1c. each centrally cancelled by very fine strikes of "Hong Kong/Western Br" c.d.s., the 5c. has a small hole. Chan 187, 190, 196.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2126 China, 1912 Commemorating the Revolution 10c. blue with imperforate sheet margin (3mm.) at top, very fine unmounted mint. Chan 189 var.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 2127 S China, 1913 Waterlow miniature sheet of nine (3 x 3) in scarlet (close to issued colour of the 4c.) comprising Reaper design 15c. + 16c. + 20c. + 30c. se-tenant, each stamp overprinted diagonally "Waterlow & Sons Ltd./Specimen" and with small security punch holes, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 2128 S China, 1913 London printing values ½c. to $2 overprinted "Specimen" in capital letters, fine unused without gum. Chan 208-224.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 2129 China, 1913 London printing ½c. to $10, fine to very fine and fresh mint. A choice set. Chan 208-226. Chan 208-226.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 2130 China, 1913 London printing ½c. to $10, fine to very fine and fresh unused with part to much original gum, the $5 has tiny gum thin and the $10 with sheet margin at top and small part original gum only. Chan 208-226.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 72.
  Realized HK$43,700
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Lot 2131 China, 1913 London printing $1 to $10, blocks of four, the $5 is from the top left corner of the sheet, bright fresh colours, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the $5 (some gum disturbance) and the $10 have light rust spotting on gum. Chan 223-226.
Estimate HK$ 70,000 - 90,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 73.
  Realized HK$230,000
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Lot 2132 China, 1913 London printing ½c. sepia and 1c. yellow-orange, both imperforate between, ½c. vertical pair and 1c. horizontal pair, fine mint or unused with much original gum, the former has light fox marks. Chan 208a, 209b.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 75.
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 2133 China, 1913 London printing 2c. yellow-green, imperforate between, vertical interpanneau pair, lightly toned, otherwise fine unused with part to large part original gum. Chan 210a.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2134 China, 1913 London printing 2c. yellow-green, imperforate between, horizontal pair, showing the lightest impressions of perforations in margin between stamps which have not registered through, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, a few perfs. have minor fox marks. Chan 210b.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 75.
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 2135 China, 1913 London printing 3c. deep blue-green, horizontal strip of three, imperforate vertically between 2nd and 3rd stamps, thereby containing horizontal pair imperforate between, deep colour, very fine unused with much original gum, one faintly foxed perf. at foot. Chan 211b.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2136 China, 1913 London printing 3c. deep blue-green, imperforate between, horizontal pair, fresh colour, fine unused with much original gum, traces of foxing mainly confined to reverse. Chan Chan 211b.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 75.
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 2137 China, 1913 London printing 4c. scarlet horizontal interpanneau pair with interpane margin at foot, variety imperforate bottom interpane margin, fine unused with much original gum, left vertical interpanneau row of perfs. buckled and thin spot in interpane margin at foot. Chan 212a.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


Provenance: Ex Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman.
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 2138 o China, 1913 London printing 10c. deep blue, imperforate between, vertical pair (lower margin trimmed), fine used. Chan 217a.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 75.
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 2139 China, 1913 London printing 20c. brown-lake from the lower right corner of the sheet, showing major plate crack at right, fine unused with much original gum, peripheral rust spotting. A spectacular plate variety. Chan 220 var.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000


Provenance: Ex Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman.
  Unsold
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Lot 2140 () China, 1913 London printing 30c. plum, imperforate between, horizontal pair, bright colour, very fine unused without gum, small transparent grease spot at top from hinge. Chan 221a.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 75.
  Realized HK$43,700
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Lot 2141 China, 1913 London printing $1 to $10, lovely bright colours on fresh white paper, well centred, the $5 and $10 particularly stellar, very fine mint. Chan 223-226.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 2142 China, 1914-19 First Peking printing ½c. to $20, dazzling colours, fine to very fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, the $10 has a light vertical crease, the $20 with exceptionally vivid colours and large margins but gum has partly "dried" into the paper. Chan 227-248.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 79.
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 2143 o China, 1914-19 First Peking printing ½c. to $20, mainly fine used, the $20 with perfect centrally struck "Peking" bilingual c.d.s., the $10 and $20 have a few short perfs. Chan 227-248.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 80.
  Realized HK$51,750
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Lot 2144 S China, 1914-19 First Peking printing $20 black and yellow overprinted "Specimen", fair colour, well centred, unused without gum, short perf. at foot. Chan 248.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 2145 China, 1914-19 First Peking printing $20 black and yellow, fabulous colour of exceptional brightness and intensity, well centred (a little to foot) within unusually large margins, very fine mint, gum a little toned not affecting its lustrous impression. A superlative example of this highly sought after stamp. Chan 248.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$92,000
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Lot 2146 China, 1923-33 Second Peking printing on French paper ½c. to $20, fine to very fine unused with part to much original gum, the 5c. has a small thin. Chan 249-254, 256-57, 259-74.
Estimate HK$ 9,000 - 12,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 102.
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 2147 /() China, 1923-33 Second Peking printing on Canadian paper ½c. to $5 and $20, the $10 was not issued on thick paper, mainly fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the ½c. has thin, the $2 without gum and the $20 has gum disturbance. Chan 249-270, 272.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 103.
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 2148 o China, 1923-33 Second Peking printing ½c. to 7c., 10c. to $1, $5, $10 and $20, blocks of four, fine to very fine used, one 15c. is thinned. Chan 249-253, 255-259, 261-268, 270-272.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 2149 China, 1923-33 Second Peking printing on Canadian paper ½c. sepia, horizontal pair with sheet margin at left, variety imperforate vertically and in sheet margin, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, light diagonal bend in sheet margin. Chan 249ci var.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2150 o China, 1923-33 Second Peking printing on Canadian paper $1 to $20 blocks of four, the $10 is on thin (French) paper, fine to very fine used, the top three values cancelled by "Swatow" c.d.s., the $10 has split and reinforced horizontal row of perfs. Chan 268-272.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 105.
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 2151 China, 1923-33 Second Peking printing on French paper $1 to $5 blocks of four and $10 block of six, fine to very fine used, cancelled at Shanghai or Swatow, the $2 has some wrinkling, one $5 has small surface abrasion at foot, the $10 is sound. Chan 268-271.
Estimate HK$ 750 - 1,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 105.
  Realized HK$3,220
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Lot 2152 o China, 1923-33 Second Peking printing on French paper $20 blue and plum horizontal pair with sheet margin at foot showing "Chinese Bureau of Engraving a…" imprint, cancelled by "Swatow" bilingual c.d.s., fine. Chan 272.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000


References: Illustrated in Mizuhara Meiso, Vol. VIII, p. 105.
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2153 /o China, The mint and used balance of the Beckeman working collection of Junk issues replete with blocks and other multiples with plate numbers or interpanneau, study of early cancellation dates on London printing, some plate varieties and a few covers, mainly fine (approximately. 1,600).
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 2154 S China, Unissued 5c. to 10c. overprinted "Specimen", fine unmounted mint, gum a little browned in places on 10c. Chan AP1-AP3.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 2155 BK China, 1929 Dr. Sun Yat-sen State Burial Commemorative issue 1c. to $1 in special multicoloured presentation booklet, minor toning, but overall fine. Chan 301-304.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2156 China, 1932 Northwest Scientific Expedition 1c. to 10c. with (on reverse) Junk 10c. strip of three and Dr. Sun Yat-sen 15c. on 1933 (12 Feb.) registered envelope to Stockholm, Sweden (23.3), cancelled by "Peiping" c.d.s., addressed and signed by Sven Hedin, the 10c. has a few creased perfs. at foot, fine. Chan 329-332, etc.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500


See also lots 2915 and 3141 for other Sven Hedin related material.
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 2157 China, 1937-38 surcharges on Dr. Sun Yat-sen Second London printing 1c. on 4c. green wide stamp, type B, deep colour, well centred, very fine unused with much original gum. A great rarity. Chan 363.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


Expertisation: Yang handstamp guarantee.

Provenance: Ex Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman.
  Unsold
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Lot 2158 /() China, 1938 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hong Kong Chung Hwa printing Die III imperforate $1 sepia and red-brown single from the foot of the sheet and $2 red-brown and blue block of four, unused, the block is gummed (the lower left stamp has thinning at foot), fine. Chan 381 var., 382 var.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 2159 China, 1938 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hong Kong Chung Hwa printing Die III imperforate $5 deep green and scarlet, complete sheet of fifty (10 x 5) with "Engraved & Printed by Chung Hwa Book Co., Ltd" bilingual marginal imprints, vignette dramatically shifted to right, some marginal staining/toning and tears, overall fine. Chan 383 var.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 2160 () China, 1938 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chung Hwa printing imperforate $5 horizontal pair from the lower right of corner of the sheet, 1939 Martyrs Hong Kong printing imperforate ½c., 4c., 15c., 20c. and 40c., horizontal pairs, 1940 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hong Kong Dah Tung printing imperforate 8c. (2), 10c. (2), 30c. (2), vertical pairs, unused, tones mainly on reverse, otherwise fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,610
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Lot 2161 China, 1939 Dr. Sun Yat-sen unissued Chung Hwa printing 2c., 15c. and 25c. in designs differing from the issued stamps, all are comb perf. 12½ (the 15c. and 25c. values were issued only with line perf. 12½), fine to very fine and fresh unmounted mint.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000


THE ONLY EXAMPLES WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

All three denominations were discovered along with an unfinished presentation album intended for the May, 1939 Universal Postal Union Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The unfinished presentation album is included in this lot, along with 46 different contemporaneous Chinese stamps intended for inclusion but never mounted. Although the conference took place, the presentation albums were probably never utilised.

Revised designs of all three of these denominations were not issued until long after the U.P.U. Congress took place, the 2c. in September, 1939, but it was not until Summer 1940 that the Chung Hwa 15c. red and 25c. blue were finally issued with revised designs and line perforation 12½.

2c. Olive Green
The colour of the 2c. stamp is much darker than that of the normal stamp, which was probably not issued until September, 1939. The most obvious design differences are the Chinese "Erh" and "Fen" characters at the top right and left corners, expressing the 2c. denomination. In the "Erh" character, outlines between the various strokes are more clearly defined in the withdrawn stamp than in the issued version. In the lower portion of the "Fen" character, the right leg is much thinner on the withdrawn stamp, and the left leg is curved slightly. This resulted in a larger space between the "Fen" legs than in the issued stamp.
In the central oval containing Dr. Sun Yat-sen's portrait, the horizontal shading lines and crosshatching are much heavier in the withdrawn design than those of the issued stamp, and even the concentric circles behind the rays of the Nationalist Sun emblem are thicker.
In the withdrawn stamp, the horizontal row of Chinese characters of the lower inscription show considerably thinner strokes than those of the issued stamp. The latter shows all six characters much larger, and they fill up more space within the lower label. The paper is considerably thinner on the withdrawn stamp than on its issued counterpart.
Curiously, Chung Hwa's so-called re-engraved 2c. stamp issued in 1941 bears design elements similar to the withdrawn 2c. stamp. For example, the Chinese "Erh" character is virtually identical to that of the withdrawn 2c. stamp. Although the "Fen" character's left leg on the later stamp is noticeably thinner than on either of the two earlier versions, the space between the character's legs is nearly identical to that of the withdrawn stamp.

15c. Deep Rose
The 15c. is arguably the most important of the three stamps offered here. As stated earlier, the withdrawn stamp is comb perf. 12½, a perforator never used for the issued 15c. vermilion red stamps, all of which were line perf. 12½.
The most striking feature of the 15c. design is its colour, a deep rose unlike any colour found in any stamps of the Hong Kong wartime printers. This colour bears little resemblance to the Red standard of the U.P.U., as demonstrated by the London printing 15c. stamp it was to replace. This was corrected for the issued stamp.
The overall look of the withdrawn 15c. stamp is markedly different from the issued version. The horizontal shading lines and crosshatching of the central oval containing Dr. Sun Yat-sen's portrait are so heavy that there is such little contrast between the background shading within the oval that they overpower the image of Dr. Sun. This was corrected for the issued line perforated stamp by eliminating much of the crosshatching including some on Dr. Sun's face, and lightening the horizontal background lines so that the portrait is more prominent, unlike on the withdrawn stamp where it competes visually with all other design elements.
On the withdrawn 15c. stamp, the Chinese characters "Yi" and "Jiao" in the top right corner expressing a 10c. unit differ from those of the issued 15c. stamp. This is most noticeable in the horizontal strokes of "Yi" and in the "Jiao" character's diagonal stroke. As with the other withdrawn stamps offered here, the 15c. is on a considerably thinner paper than its corresponding issued stamp.
Clearly, the 15c. design is far more intricate than those of the 2c., 25c. and the issued 5c. stamps. This suggests that it was the first of these values to be designed, and all subsequent Cents values were simplified versions of this withdrawn 15c. stamp. As such, it holds a unique place in the Chung Hwa story.

25c. Deep Blue
As with the 15c. value, the withdrawn 25c. stamp is comb perf. 12½, a perforator never used for the issued 25c. stamps, all of which were line perforation. The ink colour of the withdrawn stamp tends toward deep blue, rather than the ultramarine of the issued stamp.
In the withdrawn stamp's top right corner, nearly all strokes of the "Jiao" character expressing the 10c. unit differ markedly from those of the issued stamp. Unlike the withdrawn 2c. and 15c. values, the shading of both the oval background and Dr. Sun's face is essentially unchanged, suggesting that the engraver had now achieved the optimum effect of a balanced design.
  Realized HK$57,500
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Lot 2162 S China, 1939 150th Anniv. of U.S. Constitution overprinted "Specimen" in red and each stamp with small security punch hole, very fine unmounted mint. Chan 399-402.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 2163 /() China, 1944 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hong Kong Dah Tung printing perf. 12½ 8c. to 30c. on unwatermarked paper and watermarked $1 to $20, fine unused without gum or much original gum, a few trivial fox marks. A rare set. Chan 427-432.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 2164 /() China, 1944 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hong Kong Dah Tung printing perf. 12½ 8c. to 30c. on unwatermarked paper and watermarked $1 to $20, the top two values with sheet margins, unused with part to much original gum, the 10c. and 30c. without gum, the $1 is oxidised and the $10 has small violet mark mainly on reverse, the others are fine to very fine. A rare set. Chan 427-432.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000


Provenance: Ex Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman.
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 2165 China, 1939 Martyrs Hong Kong printing imperforate ½c., 2c., 4c., 15c., 20c. and 40c. vertical pairs, fine unused with much original gum, minor tones. Chan 433, 436, 439, 444, 446, 451.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
  Realized HK$920
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Lot 2166 o China, 1939 Martyrs 2c. blue with retouched characters "Min Kuo Yu", plate number AC 1.7, position 27/200, fine used with cancellation leaving retouch clear. Chan 454 var.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Ex Beckemans.
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Lot 2167 () China, 1939 Martyrs 2½c. claret, block of four, top right stamp with retouched character "Chen" which has consequently become illegible, plate number AW 1.5, position 45/200, fine unused. Chan 437 var.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Ex Beckemans.
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Lot 2168 o China, 1939 Martyrs 4c. lilac pair, right stamp with retouched character "Fun", plate number AM 1.2, position 140/200, cancelled by c.d.s., minor thinning in margin at foot, otherwise fine. Chan 439 var.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Ex Beckemans.
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Lot 2169 China, 1939 Martyrs 13c. blue-green on watermarked paper, horizontal strip of three, centre stamp with retouched moustache, plate number AG 1.5, position 55/200, fine unused with much original gum. Chan 470 var.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Ex Beckemans.
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 2170 China, 1939 Martyrs 15c. maroon, block of four from the top of the sheet, top left stamp with retouched thicker character "Chen", plate number AN 1.4, position 11/200, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 444 var.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Ex Beckemans.
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Lot 2171 China, 1939 Martyrs 15c. maroon on watermarked paper, block of four from the top of the sheet, top left stamp with retouched thicker character "Chen", plate number AN 1.4, position 11/200, fine unused with part original gum, a few faint tones. Chan 471 var.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Ex Beckemans.
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Lot 2172 China, 1939 Martyrs 30c. maroon, block of four from the top of the sheet, top left stamp with retouched left chin of portrait, plate number AJ 1.3, position 12/200, fine unused with large part original gum. Chan 450 var.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Ex Beckemans.
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Lot 2173 P China, 1941 30th Anniversary of the Republic of China 30c. die proof, typographed, in deep rose on India paper (74 x 78mm.), produced by Nationalist China for a proposed commemorative single or series, very fine and possibly unique.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


THIS PROOF MAY REPRESENT THE ONLY EVIDENCE OF NATIONALIST CHINA'S ATTEMPT TO CREATE ITS OWN 30TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE.

Nationalist China never produced any stamps specifically designed to commemorate the 30th Anniversary. The set of ten overprinted stamps issued on this occasion, listed by most catalogues as Nationalist issues, was actually produced by the Japanese Puppet government.

The proof's similarity to the Central Trust printing 1944 Postal Savings stamps suggests that it, too, was produced by the Central Trust. That would make it a very early example, possibly the earliest, of Central Trust stamp production, predating its 1942 Dr. Sun Yat-sen definitive series that included the famous 16c. olive-brown.

Chinese characters in the design's oval inscription panel read: 30th Anniversary of the Republic of China. The bottom-label reads: Portrait of President Lin. The Arabic "30" numerals at the lower left and lower right corners probably indicate the 30th Anniversary, but had this design been developed into actual stamps, the face value would have been shown there instead, as it was in the later Postal Savings stamps. Coincidentally, the proof's color is similar to the red color of China's 30c. postal stationery card in use at that time. Therefore, the "30" inscriptions may have represented the denomination, with 30c. intended to be one of at least four values of a Nationalist 30th Anniversary set.

The "30" numerals were probably intended to take the form of unprinted areas, yet in the proof, both are nearly filled with ink. Likewise, areas around the outer edges of the design show excess printing, all of which would have been cleared before submission of the proof for further design development. This suggests that the entire production process stopped for good, never to resume, before this proof could be completed. That would make sense, considering that no Nationalist 30th Anniversary stamps in this design, or any other design, ever appeared.

The proof's design and its image size are virtually identical to those of several of Nationalist China's wartime revenue and postal savings stamps, picturing Lin Sen (1868-1943), who was President of Nationalist China at this time. One of the most respected political leaders in China, Lin's long and highly eventful life even included participation in guerilla warfare against the Japanese during the 1894-1895 Sino-Japanese War. That one aspect alone might have been enough to render his portrait unsuitable for any 30th Anniversary commemorative, as its potential to further arouse patriotic fervour would certainly have upset the Japanese, who might then have tried to suppress such stamps.
  Realized HK$11,500
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Lot 2174 China, 1941 Dr. Sun Yat-sen American Bank Note Co. printing $2 black and blue, variety centre inverted, deep rich colour, characteristic centring frame to foot, unmounted mint, a few negligible dull patches in gum and trivial black specks on reverse of no importance to the overall extremely fine and fresh quality of this popular twentieth century rarity. Chan 508a.
Estimate HK$ 1,200,000 - 1,500,000


Expertisation: Clear Experts and Consultants certificate (2007).

Only one sheet of fifty is believed to have been printed with this error.
  Realized HK$1,725,000
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Lot 2175 China, 1941 Thrift Movement miniature sheet overprinted in Cyrillic, Chinese and French for the Russian Philatelic Society Exhibition in Shanghai on 28 February 1943, variety overprint inverted, negligible edge faults, nevertheless very fine and rare - only 18 sheets were produced with the overprint inverted. Chan MS1 var. Michel B1l.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000
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Lot 2176 China, 1941 (1 Nov.) surcharge for Kiangsi 7c. on Dr. Sun Yat-sen 8c (9) including a part imprint corner block of four with dramatic paper fold showing one character of surcharge printed on reverse, and 1941 surcharge for Kansu 20c. on Martyr 13c. Hong Kong printing watermarked, variety surcharge double, fine unused with much original gum, a few minor tones. Chan 534 var., 705a.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 2177 China, 1942 surcharge in red for East Szechwan 40c. on Dr. Sun Yat-sen Dah Tung printing 50c. blue, variety basic stamp with pre-surcharging scuff at top right over which surcharge has been applied, fine unmounted mint and unusual. Chan 543.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000
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Lot 2178 China, 1942 surcharge in red for Yunnan 40c. on Dr. Sun Yat-sen Dah Tung printing 50c. blue, surcharge inverted, fine mint. Chan 547e.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,495
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Lot 2179 China, 1942-44 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Central Trust printing perf. 13 50c. grey-green, imperforate between, vertical pair, unused without gum as issued, some toned perfs., otherwise fine. Chan 554e.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 2180 China, 1942-44 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Central Trust printing perf. 11½ $1.50 blue, fine unused without gum as issued. Chan 604 var.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$1,380
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Lot 2181 o China, 1942-44 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Central Trust printing perf. 11½ $1.50 blue, fine used. Chan 604 var.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 2182 China, 1942-45 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Paicheng printing (engraved) perf. 11-16½ $5 lilac-grey, horizontal strip of four from the left of the sheet, imperforate between and imperforate left margin, fine unused without gum as issued. Chan 620d, h.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 2183 China, 1942-45 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Paicheng printing (engraved) perf. 11-16½ $10 red-brown, horizontal strip of four from the top left corner of the sheet, imperforate between and imperforate left margin, fine unused without gum as issued, small adherence in sheet margin at left. Chan 621e.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
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Lot 2184 China, 1942-45 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Paicheng printing (engraved) perf. 11-16½ $40 carmine, block of four, imperforate between vertically thereby forming two horizontal imperforate between pairs, fine unused without gum as issued. Chan 625d.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 2185 /o China, 1942-44 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Central Trust printing and surcharges on 16c. an old-time unused and used specialised collection replete with perforations and multiples as well as varieties, including 1942 16c. block of four unused, 1942-43 surcharge for "Domestic Postage Paid" (DPP) overprint in red for Kiangsi on 16c. blocks of four (4) unused and for East Szechwan on 16c. with right 2nd character "Fu" instead of "Nai" unused, and 1943-44 surcharge of 50 cents with two vertical bars in red for Hupeh 16c. with both bars omitted, Hupeh on East Szechwan 16c. marginal block of four and for Kwangtung 16c. corner block of ten with lower right stamp thin "16" unused, very good to fine, some faults.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$46,000
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Lot 2186 China, 1942-43 surcharge for "Domestic Postage Paid" (DPP) overprint in red for Anhwei 16c. olive-brown, "Kuo" with two hooks, fine unused without gum as issued. Chan 628a.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 2187 China, 1942-43 surcharge for "Domestic Postage Paid" (DPP) overprint in black for Shensi 16c. olive-brown, horizontal pair with sheet margin at foot, variety overprint inverted, toned on reverse, otherwise fine unused without gum as issued. Chan 640c.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 2188 China, 1942-43 surcharge for "Domestic Postage Paid" (DPP) overprint on 16c. olive-brown in red for East Szechwan, Fukien, Kansu, Kiangsi (2), Kweichow and Yunnan, and in black for Kwangsi (2), Shensi (2, one with overprint inverted) and West Szechwan, fine to very fine unused without gum as issued.
Estimate HK$ 7,500 - 9,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 2189 China, 1943-44 surcharge of 50 cents in red for Hunan on 16c. olive-brown, vertical pair with sheet margin at top and right, variety surcharge inverted, slightly toned, otherwise fine unused without gum as issued. Chan 647c.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 2190 China, 1943-44 surcharge of 50 cents with two vertical bars in red for Kwangtung on 16c. olive-brown, block of twelve (3 x 4) from the lower right corner of the sheet showing imprint, variety imperforate right margin, very fine unused without gum as issued. A spectacular block. Chan 670 var.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$43,700
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Lot 2191 China, 1943-44 surcharge of 50 cents with two vertical bars in black for West Szechwan on 16c. olive-brown, variety surcharge inverted, very fine unused without gum as issued. Chan 673h.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,725
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Lot 2192 China, 1943-44 surcharge of 50 cents with two vertical bars in black for West Szechwan on 16c. olive-brown, variety DPP overprint omitted, fine unused without gum as issued. Chan 673i.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$1,955
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Lot 2193 /o China, 1942-44 surcharges on 16c., an unused and used collection replete with blocks of four, comprising 1942-43 surcharge for "Domestic Postage Paid" (DPP) overprint on 16c. olive-brown in red, 1943-44 surcharge of 50 cents, and surcharge of 50 cents with two vertical bars, mainly fine to very fine (approx. 185).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 2194 China, 1943-44 surcharge of 50 cents and surcharge of 50 cents with two vertical bars, a specialised unused collection, including surcharge of 50 cents on Hunan 16c. with surcharge inverted, and surcharge of 50 cents on Hupeh 16c. with both bars omitted and on Kweichow 16c. with surcharge inverted, fine to very fine (approx. 115).
Estimate HK$ 7,500 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 2195 /() China, 1943 Provincial surcharges, a mainly mint or unused specialised collection, with surcharge varieties, wide and narrow stamps, including Honan 20c. on 13c. Martyr Hong Kong printing watermarked, Honan 20c. on 17c. Dr. Sun Yat-sen New York printing, Kiangsi 20c. on 13c. Martyr Peking printing, fine to very fine (approx. 175).
Estimate HK$ 7,500 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 2196 China, 1943 Provincial surcharges in red for Kiangsi 20c. on 28c. olive Martyr Hong Kong printing watermarked, fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 718.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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