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Sale 1118 — The Don David Price Iconic Collection of U.S. Bicolored Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 March, 2016

Category — 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
113
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 113, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Unused (no gum), deep rich colors, reperfed at bottom, Very Fine appearance, with 1992 P.F. certificate as sound

4,000
2,000
114
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 114, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Unused (no gum), vignette shifted strongly downwards and to the left, bright colors and crisp impressions, fresh and Fine, with 1984 P.F. certificate

4,000
1,400
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115
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 115, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Unused (no gum), rich colors, prominent pre-printing paperfold at left, Fine and unusual on the 90c, especially in unused condition, ex Dr. Heimburger

4,000
1,100
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116
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 116, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Tied by "N. York Steamship Apr. 1" (circa 1870) circular datestamp on piece of its original cover, deep rich colors, stamp lifted for examination and hinged in place, negligible small scrape and thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE GENUINELY USED ON A PIECE OF ITS ORIGINAL COVER. THERE IS ONLY ONE DOCUMENTED FULL COVER -- THE CELEBRATED "ICE HOUSE" COVER -- WHICH WAS SOLD BY OUR FIRM IN 2009 FOR $375,000 HAMMER.

This is the only 90c 1869 certified as genuinely used on piece. The “N. York Steamship” datestamp was usually applied to letters originating in South or Central America or the Caribbean and received from contract steamships, to which the standard 10c per half ounce rate applied. There are rare examples of the same marking used on outbound steamship mail. The April 1 date on this piece is probably from 1870 (if 1869, it would be the earliest recorded use of the 90c 1869).

Ex DuPont, Forster and Ainsworth. Illustrated in United States Postage Stamps of 1869 by Jonathan Rose on p. 166. With 1986 P.F. certificate.

E. 20,000-30,000
10,000
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117
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 117, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Horizontal strip of three, deep rich colors, bold roller cancel, left stamp light vertical crease, center stamp tiny thin spot at bottom of grill, right stamp thins at top and a sealed tear at bottom right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED MULTIPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Multiples of the 90c are extremely rare. Only seven used blocks of four are recorded, and the largest recorded multiple is a strip of seven. Very few multiples were used, due to the stamps' high denomination and brief period of use. Subsequent collector demand resulted in the reduction of many multiples to singles.

With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as pair and single

10,650
2,300
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118
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 118, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Rich colors, cork cancel, significant vignette shift and pre-printing paperfold, Very Fine, interesting printing variety, ex Dr. Heimburger, with 1991 P.F. certificate

1,900
650
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119
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 119, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Vignette shifted dramatically downwards and to the left, neat strike of cork cancel, Very Fine and unusual with the vignette shifted so strongly, with 2003 P.F. certificate

1,900
800
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120
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 120, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Vignette shifted dramatically down and to the right, perforations cause wide margin at top (this must be from the top of the sheet) which causes both frame and vignette to go outside the boundary of the perfs at bottom, cork cancel, small thin spot at top, light diagonal crease at bottom left, still a very unusual and desirable example of the 90c, two small backstamps

1,900
500
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121
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 121, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Vignette shifted strongly to bottom and right, also misperfed causing vignette to hit perforations, bold cork cancel, few thin spots, still a striking example of poor quality control

1,900
400
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122
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 122, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Vignette shifted dramatically downwards, rich colors, detailed impressions, bold cork cancel, small crease at bottom left, Fine appearance

1,900
425
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123
og
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 123, 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue Stamps (Scott 122)90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a), 90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a)90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a). Original gum, deep rich colors on bright paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.

Fewer than 25 examples have been certified by the Philatelic Foundation as genuine, and of those only 16 have original gum. This is the first we have offered since 2013, and the second sound copy we have offered since our 2009 Whitman sale.

Blue backstamp. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

24,000
15,000
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