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Sale 1054 — The Dr. Irvin Heimburger Collection of 1869 Pictorial Issues

Sale Date — Thursday, 10 October, 2013

Category — Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
377
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Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 377, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3). Large margins, rich colors, incl. both 15c (Ty. III small thin spot), Very Fine

1,205
600
378
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 378, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks1c Buff, Plate Proof on India (112P3), 1c Buff, Plate Proof on India (112P3)1c Buff, Plate Proof on India (112P3). Bottom imprint and plate no. 2 block of twelve, large margins, radiant color, few light creases as often seen on this fragile paper, Extremely Fine appearance, desirable with the low plate number, which was used to print the stamps issued in 1869, Scott Retail as plate block of ten and two singles

1,060
3,000
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379
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 379, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks1c Dark Buff, Plate Proof on India (133P3), 1c Dark Buff, Plate Proof on India (133P3)1c Dark Buff, Plate Proof on India (133P3). Top imprint and plate no. 33 block of fourteen, large margins, some faults incl. few expert repairs and few holes, otherwise Very Fine, scarce, Plate 33 was used to print the Re-Issue, Scott Retail as plate block of ten and four singles

1,650
1,700
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380
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 380, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks2c Brown, Plate Proof on India (113P3), 2c Brown, Plate Proof on India (113P3)2c Brown, Plate Proof on India (113P3). Bottom imprint and plate no. 28 block of ten, rich color, thin spot in bottom selvage and bottom center stamp, Extremely Fine appearance, Plate 28 was the last of the five plates used

800
3,250
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381
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 381, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks2c Brown, Plate Proof on India (113P3), 2c Brown, Plate Proof on India (113P3)2c Brown, Plate Proof on India (113P3). Part pane of 50 from the top left portion of the plate, with imprint and plate no. 4 at top, mounted on card and so free from the faults that can plague this fragile paper, Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail as plate block, seven blocks of four and twelve singles

2,505
3,750
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382
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 382, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks3c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (114P3), 3c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (114P3)3c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (114P3). Top imprint and plate no. 10 block of 24, large margins other sides, radiant color, some flaws normally associated with this fragile paper incl. thins and creases, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail as plate block of ten, block of four and ten singles

1,640
1,800
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383
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 383, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks3c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (114P3), 3c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (114P3)3c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (114P3). Top margin block of four, on card and so free from the usual flaws that can plague this fragile paper, all stamps with double transfers, Very Fine, accompanied by enlargement of areas of double transfers

E. 150-200
600
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384
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Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 384, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks6c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (115P3), 6c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (115P3)6c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (115P3). Bottom margin block of six with plate no. 13, radiant color, large margins, top left stamp small thin spot, Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail as block of four and two singles

280
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385
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Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 385, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks6c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (115P3), 6c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (115P3)6c Ultramarine, Plate Proof on India (115P3). Bottom imprint and plate no. 13 block of twelve, bright shade, selvage cut at angle at lower left, few flaws normally associated with this fragile paper, Very Fine appearance

1,090
1,300
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386
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 386, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks10c Yellow, Plate Proof on India (116P3), 10c Yellow, Plate Proof on India (116P3)10c Yellow, Plate Proof on India (116P3). Bottom imprint and plate no. 15 block of twelve, large margins, vibrant color, few creases, Very Fine appearance

2,090
1,600
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387
P
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 387, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks10c Yellow, Plate Proof on India (116P3), 10c Yellow, Plate Proof on India (116P3)10c Yellow, Plate Proof on India (116P3). Bottom margin imprint and plate no. 15 strip of seven, vibrant color, Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

315
225
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388
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 388, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks12c Green, Plate Proof on India (117P3), 12c Green, Plate Proof on India (117P3)12c Green, Plate Proof on India (117P3). Top imprint and plate no. 17 block of ten, rich color, Very Fine, a choice proof multiple

2,250
2,900
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389
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 389, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks12c Green, Plate Proof on India (117P3), 12c Green, Plate Proof on India (117P3)12c Green, Plate Proof on India (117P3). Bottom imprint and plate no. 17 block of 12 with part arrow at left, large margins other sides, rich color, small flaws as often found with this fragile paper incl. three small holes, Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail as plate block of ten and two singles

2,340
3,000
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390
P
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 390, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3). Bottom margin horizontal strip of eight with two imprints and two plate no. 23, large margins, bright colors, with guidelines and circular punch at bottom center, Very Fine, an impressive position multiple, Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the positions

960
3,000
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391
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 391, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3). Top brown imprint and plate no. 31 block of ten, large margins, rich colors, Very Fine and choice, an excellent companion to the following lot which shows the blue imprint and plate number, Scott Retail as plate block of eight and two singles

3,740
4,500
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392
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Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 392, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Plate Proof on India (119P3). Bottom blue imprint and plate no. 23 block of ten, large margins, few light creases, Very Fine appearance, scarce plate block, an excellent companion to the previous lot which shows the brown imprint and plate number, Scott Retail as plate block of eight and two singles

3,740
4,500
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393
P
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 393, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3), 24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3)24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3). Top double imprint strip of eight, with guidelines and circular punch at top center, with no trace of plate number, light bends, small adherence, Very Fine, an impressive multiple, this was likely printed before the plate numbers were assigned, Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the position

1,120
4,000
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394
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 394, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3), 24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3)24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3). Top left corner margin green imprint and plate no. 20 block of ten, large margins, Very Fine, a beautiful plate block and an excellent companion to the following lot

6,280
6,250
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395
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 395, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3), 24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3)24c Green & Violet, Plate Proof on India (120P3). Bottom violet imprint and plate no. 20 block of eight, on card and so free from the usual faults that can plague this fragile paper, large margins, Very Fine, an excellent companion to the previous lot

6,280
6,750
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396
TC
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 396, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3), 24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3)24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3). Horizontal pair with green plate no. 20 and part imprint, large margins, slight thinning in top margin not mentioned on certificate, Very Fine, with 1986 P.F. certificate, newly listed in Scott in this distinct and scarcer color and unpriced, Scott Retail as 120P3

280
1,800
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397
TC
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 397, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3), 24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3)24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3). Top left corner green imprint and plate no. 20 block of ten, large margins, vignette the distinctive Reddish Lilac shade, faint creasing, Very Fine appearance, an excellent companion to the following lot which has the light purple imprint and plate no., newly listed in Scott in this distinct and scarcer color and unpriced, Scott Retail as 120P3

6,280
7,500
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398
TC
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 398, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3), 24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3)24c Reddish Lilac, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (120TC3). Bottom right corner margin light purple imprint and plate no. 24 block of ten, large margins, distinctive Reddish Lilac vignette, slight creasing, Very Fine, scarce, an excellent companion to the previous lot which has the green imprint and plate number, newly listed in Scott in this distinct and scarcer color and unpriced, Scott Retail as 120P3

6,280
7,000
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399
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 399, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Plate Proof on India (121P3), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Plate Proof on India (121P3)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Plate Proof on India (121P3). Top left corner blue imprint and plate no. 21 block of ten, large margins, radiant colors, few minor flaws normally associated with this fragile paper, Very Fine appearance, an excellent companion to the following lot which shows the carmine imprint and plate number

6,280
5,250
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400
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 400, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Plate Proof on India (121P3), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Plate Proof on India (121P3)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Plate Proof on India (121P3). Bottom carmine imprint and plate no. 21 block of ten, large margins, rich colors, few flaws often associated with this fragile paper incl. bottom left stamp sealed tear, otherwise Very Fine, an excellent companion to the previous lot which shows the blue imprint and plate number

6,280
5,250
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401
P
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 401, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3), 90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3)90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3). Three singles, each with slightly different shade of vignette, incl. one with plate no. 22 and part imprint at top from Position 7 with missing wedge in design (small tear in margin), Very Fine-Extremely Fine, ex Finkelburg

540
1,700
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402
P
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 402, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3), 90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3)90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3). Two top margin red imprint and plate no. 22 strips of four, rejoined to form the strip of eight, bright colors, Very Fine, scarce and attractive position piece, the left strip ex Finkelburg, an excellent companion to the following lot which shows the black imprint and plate numbers, Scott Retail as singles

1,440
2,600
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403
P
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 403, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3), 90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3)90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3). Bottom margin black double imprint and double plate no. 22 strip of eight, rich colors, pos. 2 small thin spot, Very Fine, an excellent companion to the previous lot which shows the red imprint and plate numbers., Scott Retail as singles

1,440
3,500
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404
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 404, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3), 90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3)90c Carmine & Black, Plate Proof on India (122P3). Complete sheet of 100, large margins all around, without imprint and plate no., rich colors, Position 7 Missing Wedge variety, Positions 41 and 51 short transfers at upper left, Position 58 and 60 with some intra-frame shade line variations, all positions with transfer roll defect in inner circle of frame, few creases and pinholes, Position 33 small piece out in portrait

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN INCALCULABLY RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF 100 OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PLATE PROOF ON INDIA.

The lower denominations of the 1869 Pictorial Issue were printed in sheets of 300 (two panes of 150). The four bicolor denominations were printed in sheets of 100, due to size and possibly to facilitate the pressman's job of aligning the paper for the second pass through the press. The largest recorded multiple of the issued stamp is a block of six. This proof sheet clearly shows the positions of the varieties, as well as the faint layout lines on the plate.

Ex Earl of Crawford and Kapiloff. Scott Retail as blocks of four.

20,625
110,000
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405
P
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 405, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-122P4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-122P4)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-122P4). Incl. two each of 3c and 6c (shades), large margins, Very Fine set, also incl. original envelope in which they were sold

1,185
1,000
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406
P
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 406, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks15c Brown & Blue, Ty. III, Plate Proofs on Card (129P4), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. III, Plate Proofs on Card (129P4)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. III, Plate Proofs on Card (129P4). Five, attractively mounted on card identifying each as a separate printing in different shade and on cards of varying thickness, fresh and Very Fine, a desirable set

700
4,750
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407
Pbl
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 407, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Inverts, Plate Proofs on Card (120aP4, 121aP4, 122aP4, 129aP4), 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Inverts, Plate Proofs on Card (120aP4, 121aP4, 122aP4, 129aP4)15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Inverts, Plate Proofs on Card (120aP4, 121aP4, 122aP4, 129aP4). Blocks of four with sheet margins, 15c right, 24c, 30c and 90c left, with guide marks and circular punches at sides, large margins, bright colors

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED SETS OF BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT PLATE PROOFS. A PHENOMENAL RARITY -- ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE OF ALL 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE PROOFS.

All examples of the 1869 Pictorial Invert proofs come from the sheets in the Earl of Crawford collection. Two sets of blocks of four are known to still survive intact, in addition to the unique imprint and plate number blocks of eight (which sold for $230,000 hammer in the 2009 Cunliffe sale).

60,000
60,000
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408
TC
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 408, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs on Card (123TC1-132TC1), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs on Card (123TC1-132TC1)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs on Card (123TC1-132TC1). Complete set (less the one newly-listed unique 90c color combination), large margins, deep rich colors

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF 1869 PICTORIAL ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PLATE PROOFS.

The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet of 100 of each value/color was printed. Very few have been kept together as intact sets.

24,400
10,000
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409
S
Sale Number 1054, Lot Number 409, Plate Proofs on India and Card incl. Invert Blocks24c Green & Violet, Specimen Ovpt. Ty. A (120SA), 24c Green & Violet, Specimen Ovpt. Ty. A (120SA)24c Green & Violet, Specimen Ovpt. Ty. A (120SA). Unused (no gum), interesting variety showing slightly doubled overprint from bounced impression, few faults incl. stained at top, Fine and very rare, possibly unique, Scott Retail for normal ovpt.

1,750
1,000
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