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Sale 12



 
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.

THE RAREST OF THE FOUR TREASURES OF THE REPUBLIC.

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



 
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



 
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



 
Lot 330



China, 1914-19 Junk First Peking Printing $2 black and blue, variety centre inverted, bright colours, particularly well centred for this, very fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum. A choice example of this rare and popular inverted centre. Chan 245a.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


Provenance: "Mandarin" (Giulio Mochi), David Feldman, 24.10.84, lot 40642
Heinrich Köhler, 8-11.10.86, lot 6423.

Realized HK$977,500



 
Lot 383



China, Sinkiang, 1915 overprinted "Limited for Use in Sinkiang Province" $1 black and brown-orange first overprint on first Peking printing, variety 2nd and 3rd Chinese characters of overprint transposed, bright colours, characteristic vertical sheet guide line at right, very fine unused with much original gum. An remarkably fresh and outstanding example of this great rarity. Chan PS16a.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000


Provenance: Paul Hock, Robson Lowe, 19.10.83, lot 752.

ONE OF THE FOUR TREASURES OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

This error occurred once in position [5] of the sheet of fifty in the early printings. Once the error was discovered, it was withdrawn from sale. Probably less than a dozen examples of the error have survived.


Realized HK$575,000



 
Lot 367

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China, 1904 Postage Dues Die proofs (8) in black for the issued designs of the ½c. to 30c. on wove paper, with manuscript die numbers "3561" to "3568", as well as file reference numbers and printer's check marks, mounted on non-contemporary cards, a few small faults as to be expected from this important documented archival source, a significant complete set of the artwork for the first definitive set of Postage Dues.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


Expertisation: Peter Holcombe certificate (1987).

Provenance: Waterlow archives, Christie's Robson Lowe, 13.11.85, lot 1681
"Ming", Corinphila, 29.9.88, lot 4292.

Realized HK$460,000



 
Lot 311

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China, 1912 Unissued "Map of China" 1c. to $10, the complete perforated set of 13 for the intended issue, values to $5 overprinted "Tso Fei/Cancelled" bilingual oval h.s. in violet, and the $10 with similar unframed two-line h.s., the 8c. and 10c. have short vertical creases, very fine unused without gum. An exceedingly rare and evocative set for the first proposed commemorative issue of the new Republic of China.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000


Provenance: Dr. C.E. Luh
Major James Starr, Sotheby's, 13.9.91, lot 750.

ONLY A FEW COMPLETE SETS OF THIS PROPOSED ISSUE HAVE SURVIVED INTACT, HAVING SURVIVED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ENTIRE ISSUE AFTER IT WAS DECIDED NOT TO PROCEED WITH THIS ISSUE AND IT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY DESTROYED.

Realized HK$437,000



 
Lot 376

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China, 1913 Postage Dues Die proofs (9) in black for the issued designs of the ½c. (2, one without "CENT") to 30c. on wove paper, with manuscript die numbers "4969" to "4977" respectively, extremely fine and a significant complete set of the artwork for the first definitive set of Postage Dues for the Republic from the file books of this important documented archival source.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 180,000


Provenance: Waterlow archives, Christie's Robson Lowe, 13.11.85, lot 1681
"Ming", Corinphila, 26.3.87, lot 4966.

Realized HK$437,000



 
Lot 226

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China, 1898 "Chinese Imperial Post" watermarked $5 deep green and salmon horizontal pair imperforate between, excellent colours, near perfect centring, small transluscent grease mark from hinge at top, otherwise very fine unused without gum. Chan 115b.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000


Provenance: James K. Senior, Robson Lowe (Basel), 6.10.71, lot 1292.

ONLY ABOUT SIX EXAMPLES OF THIS VARIETY ARE BELIEVED KNOWN.

Realized HK$299,000



 
Lot 375

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China, 1913 Postage Dues Master die proofs (2) in black for the issued design, the former with all four value tablets blank and the latter with three value tablets blank (Chinese character for "cents" complete at top left corner), mounted on non-contemporary cards, a few small defects or faults, unique pair of working proofs from the Printer's Day Book.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


Expertisation: Peter Holcombe certificate (1986).

Provenance: "Ming", Corinphila, 26.3.87, lot 4965.

Realized HK$172,500










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