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Sale 71


 
Lot 283



China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange, deep bright colour, centred to top with wide margins on the other three sides, of fine appearance unused with much original gum, uniform toning. A notable example of this great rarity. Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000


Provenance: Dr. Warren G. Kauder, Robson Lowe (London), 10.11.1971, lot 370.

THERE ARE LESS THAN TEN UNUSED EXAMPLES WHICH TODAY'S LEADING EXPERTS AND SPECIALISTS WOULD UNANIMOUSLY ACCEPT AS BEING THE GENUINE "GOLDEN DRAGON". OF THESE, THREE EITHER HAVE A STRAIGHT EDGE OR ARE REPERFORATED AT FOOT.

The "Golden Dragon" ranks among the rarest unused stamps not only of the 1897 New Currency Dowager surcharges, but also of all China. Of the Dowager surcharges, the rarest unused stamp is the large figures 1.5mm setting on Dowager first printing 2c. on 2ca. green ("Emerald Lady"), of which only two examples are recorded. Next comes the "Golden Dragon", which is, in fact, far rarer in unused condition than the large figures 1.5mm setting on Dowager first printing 30c. on 24ca. ("Red Ruby"), which is only known in unused condition.

The only recorded unused multiple was the famous block of four from the Dr. Warren G. Kauder collection, which was purchased by Lyons Livingston at the Robson Lowe auction in 1971, but this was lost in an airplane crash from Bangkok to Hong Kong, in which Livingston also perished.


 
Realized HK$ 598,000



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