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Lot 530



China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, a magnificent example, exquisitely bright colour on fresh white paper, outstanding centring, unused with much original gum, barely discernable traces of tropicalisation on a few perfs. at left which are only really noticeable on reverse, very fine and a most impressive example of this legendary world rarity. Chan 86.
Estimate HK$ 6,500,000 - 8,000,000


Provenance: John A. Agnew
Frank Golden
Henry Renouf
Saul Newbury, Robert A. Siegel, 6.2.62, lot 417
"Iselham", Christie's Robson Lowe, 6.11.86, lot 3023,

References: Huang Kuang-Sheng, A Treatise on the Extant Copies of the Small One Dollar with Illustrations (Philippines, 1975). This is listed as example number 9 of the 32 extant Small One Dollar.
The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I (Taipei: Directorate General of Posts of Taiwan, 1987), proof. 39. It is listed as type III, number 12.

ONLY 32 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED OF THIS ICONIC STAMP, WHICH IS ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE RAREST REGULARLY ISSUED STAMP OF CHINA, AND RANKS AMONG THE GREAT WORLD RARITIES.

This is type A with the "1 Dollar" of the surcharge partly covering the word "Revenue". The type A and B ("1 dollar" completely covering the word "Revenue") stamps all come from the right surcharge plate. The type C ("1 dollar" above the word "Revenue") comes from the other surcharge plate.


Realized HK$6,900,000



 
Lot 851



China, 1923 surcharge in red 2c. on 3c. blue-green, variety surcharge inverted, typically centred just to lower right, fine unused with usual "dried" gum, a few faintly foxed perfs. and trivial greyish area on reverse at lower left. A distinctive and highly desirable example of this great rarity - one of the most elusive of the "Four Treasures of the Republic". Chan 280a.
Estimate HK$ 1,000,000 - 1,200,000


Expertisation: Roger Calves handstamp guarantee.

Provenance: Jane and Dan Sten Olsson. The Olsson collection contained two examples of the 2c. on 3c. with surcharge inverted.,

There are probably less than twenty examples known of this variety. 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 these stamps to separate covers which he mailed to himself locally and sold ten mint stamps to the famous French stamp dealer Theodore Champion. In our auction records, we record fourteen unused examples and two examples used on cover.

Auction Record
Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 25.6.05, lot 272
Shanghai Auction Co. (Shanghai), 16.12.07, lot 513.


Unsold



 
Lot 817



China, 1914-19 First Peking printing $2 black and blue, variety centre inverted, deep bright colours, characteristic centring to right, fine unused with part original gum, a few lightly foxed perfs. at foot, a very fine appearing example of this rare and popular invert. Chan 245a.
Estimate HK$ 850,000 - 1,000,000


Expertisation: Signed Theodore Champion
Signed Peter Holcombe.

Provenance: Jane and Dan Sten Olsson. The Olsson collection contained two examples of the Hall of Classics $2 with centre inverted.,

ONLY TWO SHEETS OF FIFTY ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PRODUCED WITH THE CENTRE INVERTED.

The centring of the above example indicates that this stamp emanated from the left side of one of the sheets.

Auction Record
Eugene Klein (Philadelphia), 17.2.33, lot 781
George Alevizos (Los Angeles), 11-13.5.85, lot 1171
Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 25.6.05, lot 272.


Unsold



 
Lot 618

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China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, variety surcharge inverted, position 7, bright colour highlighting the sharp impression of the basic stamp, well centred with large margin at left, unused, regummed, horizontal crease at foot, nevertheless a fine and highly collectible example of this rare variety. Chan 91a.
Estimate HK$ 750,000 - 900,000


Unsold



 
Lot 559



China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, the stupendous pane of 25 from the top right corner of the sheet with complete sheet margins on two sides, showing sheet number " 5641", deep colour, exceptional centring, very fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, gum skips principally in top horizontal row, some splitting and reinforcing mainly in selvedge and a few marginal creases there not affecting stamps. An exquisite and highly desirable pane with sheet number. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 700,000 - 900,000


THE LARGE FIGURES SURCHARGE 2C. ON 3C. IS A VERY SCARCE VALUE WITH SHEET NUMBER. THERE ARE LESS THAN 30 SURVIVING EXAMPLES, WITH FIVE PANES OF TWENTY-FIVE (SHEET NUMBERS "4054", "4207", "4299", "5641" AND "5858", OF WHICH FOUR ARE MINT) AND TWO HALF SHEETS OF FIFTY (SHEET NUMBERS "6395" AND "6500").

Realized HK$1,092,500



 
Lot 591



China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, the superlative block of 20 (5 x 4) representing the top four rows of the pane, top left stamp shows small flaw on basic stamp below "e" of "cents" of surcharge and also slight surcharge offset on face of positions 1 and 2, deep bright colour on crisp white paper, outstanding centring throughout, very fine unused with much original gum, usual gum skips, a few negligible age spots on gum which barely show through to front, lightly folded along one vertical row of perfs. resulting in a few split perfs. at foot. An absolutely stunning multiple. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000


Realized HK$632,500



 
Lot 1260



Chinese Provinces (Sinkiang), 1910 (c. June) registered red-band envelope from the Army Division of Ilie (Kuldja) to the Department of Finance of the Sinkiang Government in Tihwa (14.6) bearing C.I.P. 2c. and 5c., cancelled by "Sinkiang/Post Office/Hweiyuan City" sub-office double-ring h.s., with another superb strike adjacent, the 7 cents registered domestic rate (2c. domestic postage + 5c. registration), very fine and magnificent usage of the sub-office handstamp. A major exhibition item.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000


THE ONLY RECORDED ENVELOPE WITH A COMPLETE STRIKE OF ANY SUB-POST OFFICE HANDSTAMP IN SINKIANG DURING THE ENTIRE PERIOD OF THE IMPERIAL CHINESE POST OFFICE IN SINKIANG.

Realized HK$690,000



 
Lot 616

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China, 1897 Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, position 20, vivid colour of exceptional freshness, well centred for this difficult stamp with intact perforations leaving the design clear, centred just to top right, fine to very fine unused without gum, as are most surviving examples which were soaked or taken off Remittance Certificates. An exemplary stamp. Chan 91.
Estimate HK$ 550,000 - 650,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (2011).

Realized HK$632,500



 
Lot 513



China, 1897 Red Revenue 3c. red without surcharge, perforation 14 x 14½, deep vibrant colour on crisp white paper, excellent centring within large balanced margins, very fine unused with much original gum, tiny gum skip at lower right, hinge remainders, an outstanding and noteworthy example of this rare stamp in the traditional rich red colour. Chan R1.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


LESS THAN 100 UNSURCHARGED STAMPS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED.

The 3c. stamp inscribed "China" and "Revenue" was originally produced in 1896 by the London printers Waterlow & Sons as a revenue stamp for Customs Department use, following an initial request by Sir Robert Hart, the Inspector General of the Imperial Maritime Customs, to James D. Campbell, the Customs Commissioner in London, in November 1895. The stamps were printed in sheets of 100 and perforated on three different machines and are line perforated 12-16. Waterlow & Sons shipped the 650,000 stamp order to China in September 1896. The 3c. revenue stamp was, however, never put into use, because of local opposition to the taxation scheme that the stamp was intended to serve.

At about the same time (1897), China was preparing to introduce a new silver dollar currency and a national postal service, the Imperial Post, supplanting the Customs Post, and a new definitive stamp issue reflecting these changes was ordered from printers in Japan. When the new issue was delayed because of production difficulties at the Japanese printers, the 3c. revenue stamps were surcharged by the Shanghai Customs Statistical Department as a stop gap measure in the first months of 1897 - producing the iconic and preeminent issue of Chinese stamps, the Red Revenues - as were existing stocks of the Empress Dowager issue.

A small number of the 3c. revenue stamps, though, were not surcharged, including examples which were presented to officials, as well as 761 stamps that were later transferred to the General Post Office. Of the latter, the entire stock, except for ten stamps that had been given to the Chinese Postal Museum, was tragically destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, as recounted to Dr. Chang Min-Sheng by Mr. Wu Feng Gang, a former Director of the Postal Museum. In addition, a few unsurcharged 3c. red revenues were retained by the printer Waterlow & Sons. It is thought that less than 100 unsurcharged 3c. red revenue stamps exist today, making them a rare and important element in the red revenue issue.

All surcharge positions are believed to be accurate, but cannot be guaranteed as such.


Realized HK$460,000



 
Lot 529



China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 25, characteristic overinked "4" unique to this position, bright colour, near perfect centring within unusually large even margins, very fine unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainders, one of the finest examples extant of the 175 stamps receiving the surcharge solely in black. Chan 85.
Estimate HK$ 350,000 - 400,000


Realized HK$552,000










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