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Lot 2511

China (People's Republic), 1968 (25 Nov.) "Whole Country is Red" 8f. Workers, Peasants, Soldier's and Map of China multicoloured, the exquisite block of four with sheet margin at foot showing imprint, vivid colours, bright white paper, extremely fine unmounted mint with pristine white original gum, lightly folded along vertical row of perforations. A flawless gem "sans pareil". An exceedingly rare block as well as imprint example. Chang W63.
Estimate HK$ 5,500,000 - 6,000,000

Within the first half day of its issue in Beijing, the editor of the China Atlas Press had discovered that there were geographical inaccuracies in the map (the Archipelagos of Xisha and Nanshi were omitted). The stamp was withdrawn almost immediately; however, some post offices had already sold the stamps before the official date of issue. It has also been surmised that another reason that the stamp was withdrawn was that notwithstanding its name, Taiwan is coloured white (rather than red).

Auction Record
China Post Land Stamp Auction Company (Shanghai), 21.11.97, lot 1052.

Realized HK$ 5,500,000

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