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Lot 1174

Lot 1174 China (People's Republic), 1968 "Great Victory of Cultural Revolution" prepared for use but not issued 8f. Chairman Mao and Lin Biao before victory celebration in countryside multicoloured, the superlative block of four from the foot of the sheet with imprint in sheet margin, brilliant colours on pristine white paper, unfolded, superb unmounted mint with full unblemished original white gum. The epitome of perfection and the foremost example of this popular rarity. Yang W82.
Estimate HK$ 5,000,000 - 6,000,000


THE ONLY RECORDED IMPRINT BLOCK.

The post office at Hebei had already begun selling stamps prior to the official issuance date and before the order was given to cancel the issue and return the stamps to Beijing.
 
Realized HK$6,670,000



 


Lot 1175

Lot 1175 China (People's Republic), 1968 large format "Whole Country is Red" prepared for use but not issued 8f. Map of China, Workers, Peasants and Soldiers prepared to celebrate the "Great Victory of Cultural Revolution" multicoloured, radiant colours on brilliant white paper, unmounted mint with full original white gum, neat vertical crease just passing through worker's right arm, blue colour of overalls and red of frame touched in along crease, a very fine example of this celebrated rarity. Yang W83.
Estimate HK$ 3,500,000 - 4,500,000


ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC AND ONE OF THE TREASURES OF THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION.

Although this stamp was to be issued to celebrate the victory of the Cultural Revolution, it is thought that it was rejected because the format was too large.
 
Realized HK$3,450,000



 


Lot 1176

Lot 1176 o China (People's Republic), 1968 large format "Whole Country is Red" prepared for use but not issued 8f. Map of China, Workers, Peasants and Soldiers prepared to celebrate the "Great Victory of Cultural Revolution" multicoloured, cancelled by c.d.s. (1970.2.6), excellent colours, typical creasing as to be expected for a used example, right side repaired, very fine appearance for this great rarity, which is virtually non-existent properly used. Yang W83.
Estimate HK$ 3,000,000 - 4,000,000
 
Unsold



 


Lot 1179

Lot 1179 China (People's Republic), 1968 (25 Nov.) "Whole Country is Red" 8f. Workers, Peasants, Soldiers and Map of China multicoloured, an extraordinary horizontal pair from the foot of the sheet with imprint in sheet margin, vivid colours, outstanding centring, very fine unmounted mint with post office fresh original white gum, folded along the horizontal perforations between the stamps and the margin, a few small inconsequential stray light extraneous dirt marks on gum of left stamp and in selvedge, a magnificent example of this iconic rarity in an incredibly rare imprint pair. Yang W63.
Estimate HK$ 1,800,000 - 2,200,000


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).
 
Realized HK$1,725,000



 


Lot 1181

Lot 1181 China (People's Republic), 1968 (25 Nov.) "Whole Country is Red" 8f. Workers, Peasants, Soldiers and Map of China multicoloured, tied by "Luoyang" c.d.s. on 1968 (26 Nov.) envelope to Kaifeng, stamp has retained its bright fresh colour, few customary small faults of a truly minimal nature (and to be expected for this stamp used on cover), an outstanding and extremely rare usage of this iconic stamp properly used on cover. Yang W63.
Estimate HK$ 1,200,000 - 1,500,000


Expertisation: China National Postage Stamp Museum Authentication certificate (2001).

A RARE USAGE ON THE SECOND DAY OF ISSUE, PRIOR TO ITS BEING WITHDRAWN FROM USE.
 
Unsold



 


Lot 1177

Lot 1177 China (People's Republic), 1968 (18 Sept.) "Chairman Mao's Inscription to Japanese Worker Friends" prepared for use but not issued 8f. blac, excellent colour, perfectly centred, extremely fine and post office fresh unmounted mint, tiny natural inclusion on reverse. A flawless example of this rarity. Yang W84.
Estimate HK$ 1,000,000 - 1,200,000
 
Realized HK$920,000



 


Lot 1178

Lot 1178 o China (People's Republic), 1968 (18 Sept.) "Chairman Mao's Inscription to Japanese Worker Friends" prepared for use but not issued 8f. blac, strong colour, very fine used with two light strikes of "Canton/Guangzhou" c.d.s., a few paper adherences on reverse. A wonderful example of this rarity in used condition. Yang W84.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000
 
Unsold



 


Lot 1173

Lot 1173 China (People's Republic), 1967 unissued 40th Anniversary of Establishment of Jing Gangshan Revolutionary Base 8f. Chairman Mao & Lin Biao on podium overlooking Tien An Men Square multicoloured, the right half of the stamp, wonderfully bright colours on fresh white paper, unmounted mint with full pristine original gum, light diagonal crease, very fine and exceedingly rare. Yang note following W84.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000


THE RAREST OF THE FOUR TREASURES OF THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION.

Popularly known as the "Big Blue Sky", this stamp was intended to be part of a set to be issued in September 1967 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Chairman Mao's and his Autumn Harvest Army joining forces at Jing Gangshan in October 1927 with Zhu De and his Insurrection Army of August 1 Nanchang and establishing the revolutionary base there. The circumstances surrounding the issue's production and cancellation are shrouded in mystery, including even whether the set was to contain two or four stamps, although apparently all copies were ordered destroyed. One explanation is that the issue was cancelled because the theme with Tien An Men tower had no historical relevance to the intended issue, while another is that the omission of Zhu De - whose inclusion would have met strong opposition from the Gang of Four - from the set was not proper. Another theory is that when presented with the proposed stamp, Lin Biao reportedly wrote not to issue it. A final theory is that the Ministry of Post and Communications decided to issue a set of four stamps on 8 September 1967 marking the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of Jing Gangshan Revolutionary Base, but the designs were not approved in time, so the issue was cancelled and the stamps destroyed. There appears, however, to be other evidence that the issue actually received the approval of the Central Authority in August, plates were made, proofs printed and the stamps prepared, but the issue was inexplicably cancelled. In any event, apparently orders were given to the printers Beijing Stamp Factory that all stamps were to be destroyed. Only a few examples of the above stamp survived; none are known of any other value in the set. It is believed that the destruction of the stamps was not carefully monitored, and proofs of this stamp with Lin Biao were taken away.
 
Realized HK$2,185,000



 


Lot 1180

Lot 1180 o China (People's Republic), 1968 (25 Nov.) "Whole Country is Red" 8f. Workers, Peasants, Soldiers and Map of China multicoloured, previously used and affixed to title page of small red diary in which to record the thoughts of Chairman Mao (approximately one-third filled in by hand), overall good colour and fine appearance, small faults and minor touching in of red colour mainly in map of China, with four other Cultural Revolution stamps similarly affixed to the page. An amazing and evocative relic from the Cultural Revolution. Yang W14, W29, W31, W47, W63.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000
 
Realized HK$287,500



 


Lot 1172

Lot 1172 China (People's Republic), 1967-70, Cultural Revolution basic "W" series complete (excluding the unissued or withdrawn stamps), post office fresh, unmounted mint, all marginal examples with marginal inscriptions (except the Long Life to Chairman Mao 4f. to 52f. set in corner examples without inscriptions but with sheet numbers on three and Revolutionary Literature and Art 8f. "The Red Lantern" with marginal number), extremely fine, the three se-tenant strips of five all unfolded from the upper left corner of the sheet, a lovely assemblage contained in a special printed hingeless album (with slipcase). Yang W1-W62, W64-W81.
Estimate HK$ 75,000 - 100,000
 
Realized HK$195,500










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