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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 March, 2016

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
124
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 124, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b). Extraordinarily bright and rich colors, sharp vignette impression with light cork cancel presents the error with remarkable clarity, trivial small thin spot and small corner crease at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLES OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

Our recently-updated census of Scott 119b, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/119b/119b.pdf , records three unused and 97 used copies of Scott 119b (there are an additional three used examples of Scott 119c). Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library.

The appearance of 15c 1869 Inverts is very frequently unsatisfactory, due to cancellations that obscure the vignette. This stamp is visually one of the best we have encountered, and the small thin and corner crease are truly insignificant, especially in comparison with severe flaws that affect the majority of other copies.

Census No. 119b-CAN-70. Ex Consul Klep. With 1982 and 1997 P.F. certificates

22,500
10,500
125
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 125, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b). Bright colors, unobtrusive cork cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, diagonal sealed tear at top, small tear at lower right, small thin spot at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Our recently-updated census of Scott 119b, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/119b/119b.pdf , records three unused and 97 used copies of Scott 119b (there are an additional three used examples of Scott 119c). Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library.

Census No. 119b-CAN-18. Ex Allen (Harmer, Rooke sale of 1950). With 2014 P.F. certificate

22,500
6,500
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126
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 126, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts15c Brown & Blue, Center Double, One Inverted (119c), 15c Brown & Blue, Center Double, One Inverted (119c)15c Brown & Blue, Center Double, One Inverted (119c). Deep rich colors, neat strike of cork cancel leaves design clearly visible, showing clear evidence of second vignette at top right, defective and repaired but very presentable

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH CENTER DOUBLE, ONE INVERTED. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.

In an article in Chronicle 181, February 1999, Scott R. Trepel examines the three confirmed examples of the Scott 119c variety and offers a theory as to how they were produced. Using computer imaging software and high-resolution scans, he makes the argument that the upright impression of the vignette, which in all three cases is faint, was created as a result of offset when the sheet was accidentally folded over on itself and stacked.

Our census of Scott 119c is available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/119c/119c.pdf . We record three examples. The finest of the three realized $90,000 hammer in our "Natalee Grace" sale.

Census No. 119c-CAN-03. Ex "Lafayette". With 1997 and 2003 P.F. certificates.

80,000
12,000
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127
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 127, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Outstanding centering and margins, vignette shifted to bottom, bold strike of cork cancel, small closed tear at top, small but deep thins break paper in a few places

VERY FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert. The centering of this stamp is among the finest of all recorded examples.

Census No. 120b-CAN-19. Ex Wunsch. With 1999 P.F. certificate

37,500
6,250
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128
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 128, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Flags Inverted (121b), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Flags Inverted (121b)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Flags Inverted (121b). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, bold strike of New York circle of eight wedges cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST-CENTERED OF THE FEWER THAN ONE DOZEN SOUND EXAMPLES EXTANT.

Our census of 30c 1869 Inverts, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/121b/121b.pdf , contains a total of 47 stamps, including 7 unused and 40 used (one in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library and one used in the Tapling Collection at the British Library). Of the 38 available to collectors, only 13 are sound or potentially sound (six are based on decades-old descriptions and need to be reexamined for condition). Of the confirmed sound copies, this has better centering and a clearer cancel than most.

Census No. 121b-CAN-19. Ex Picher. With 1946, 1969 and 1990 P.F. certificates.

100,000
95,000
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