Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 June, 2022

Category — Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, Balance

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4302
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Sale 1259, Lot 4302, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1851, 1cr Carmine (4; Sassone 4). Original gum, lightly hinged, huge margins including significant portion of adjoining stamp at left, ample at right, deep rich color on nicely colored paper, small ink stain mostly in margin at left

STILL EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE TUSCANY 1851 ONE-CRAZIE CARMINE.

Ex King Carol and Hall. Signed Friedl. Scott $8,800.00. Sassone €18,000

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
4303
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Sale 1259, Lot 4303, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1851, 2cr Blue (5; Sassone 5). Horizontal pair, original gum, lightly hinged, mostly large margins to full at places, beautiful pastel shade, strong impression on fresh paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE HORIZONTAL PAIR OF THE 2-CRAZIE BLUE WITH ORIGINAL-GUM. AN ESPECIALLY RARE AND HANDSOME PAIR IN PRISTINE CONDITION.

With 1984 E. Diena and 2002 P.F. certificates. Catalogued as two singles. Scott $10,500.00. Sassone €26,000

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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4304
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Sale 1259, Lot 4304, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1851, 4cr Green (6; Sassone 6). Original gum, h.r., large margins including trace of adjoining stamp at right, clear at left, intensely rich color on fresh paper, Very Fine, a scarce original gum example, signed A Diena, with 2007 Colla and 2008 P.F. certificates, Scott $8,800.00, Sassone €18,000

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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4305
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Sale 1259, Lot 4305, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1851, 6cr Dark Blue on Blue (7; Sassone 7c). Original gum, mostly large to full margins, ample at right, wonderfully deep rich shade, sharp impression on fresh paper, Very Fine, a choice original gum example of this scarce shade, signed Sorani, with 1989 E. Diena certificate, Scott $9,600.00, Sassone €22,000

E. 1,500-2,000
3,500
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4306
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Sale 1259, Lot 4306, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1857, 1q Black (10; Sassone 10). Original gum, lightly hinged, large margin at bottom, ample on other sides, intense shade and impression, Very Fine, with 1976 Macoveanu certificate, Scott $1,750.00, Sassone €3,500

E. 300-400
450
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4307
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Sale 1259, Lot 4307, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1857, 2cr Yellow Gray Green (13b; Sassone 13b). Original gum which has soaked through to the face in a couple of areas, lightly hinged, huge margin at top including traces of adjoining stamp, other margins large to ample, fresh color, strong watermark, Very Fine appearance and scarce shade, with clear 2002 Raybaudi certificate, Scott $4,750.00, Sassone €7,500

E. 300-400
400
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4308
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Sale 1259, Lot 4308, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1857, 4cr Green (14; Sassone 14). Original gum, lightly hinged, large to ample margins all around, strong color, sharp impression on fresh paper

VERY FINE. A CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 4-CRAZIE GREEN.

Signed A. Diena and E. Diena. With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott $8,800.00. Sassone €20,000

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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4309
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Sale 1259, Lot 4309, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1860, 1c Brown Lilac (17; Sassone 17). Large part original gum, large margins to clear at bottom right for this notoriously tightly spaced issue, fresh color with a sharp impression on bright paper, Very Fine, a rare sound example with original gum and four margins, signed A. Diena, with 1997 E. Diena certificate, Scott $3,800.00, Sassone €7,500

E. 750-1,000
500
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4310
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Sale 1259, Lot 4310, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1860, 1c Brown Lilac (17; Sassone 17). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, mostly large to full margins to just barely touching at bottom left, rich color and strong impressions

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE TUSCANY ONE-CENTESIMI PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT COAT OF ARMS ISSUE. A MAJOR TUSCANY RARITY.

Ex Hall. Each stamp with small "W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp. Scott $17,000 as two pairs. Sassone €45,000

E. 4,000-5,000
4,750
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4311
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Sale 1259, Lot 4311, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1860, 5c Green (18; Sassone 18). Original gum, lightly hinged, full to ample margins all around, strong color

VERY FINE. AN UNCOMMONLY CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 5-CENTESIMI GREEN PROVISIONAL ISSUE. RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN SOUND CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND FOUR MARGINS.

The rarity of four-margined copies cannot be overstated. Please refer to Lot 4310 for a multiple of the 1c on what typical spacing for this issue is. Therefore, stamps with original gum, four margins and completely free of faults are surprising rarities.

With 1999 Raybaudi and 2001 P.F. certificates. Scott $14,000.00. Sassone €35,000

E. 3,000-4,000
2,200
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4312
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Sale 1259, Lot 4312, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1860, 10c Deep Brown (19; Sassone 19). Original gum, barely hinged, large to full margins all around including trace of adjoining frameline at left, intensely rich shade and impression on fresh paper, Very Fine and choice, a rare original-gum stamp with four margins, signed Sorani, with 2002 Sorani and 2003 P.F. certificates, Scott $4,800.00, Sassone €10,000

E. 750-1,000
600
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4313
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Sale 1259, Lot 4313, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1860, 20c Blue (20; Sassone 20). Original gum, very lightly hinged, ample margins to clear at top, deep rich shade and a sharp impression

VERY FINE AND AN INCREDIBLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 20-CENTESIMI BLUE PROVISIONAL ISSUE, ESPECIALLY SO SOUND AND WITH FOUR MARGINS.

The rarity of four-margined copies cannot be overstated. Please refer to Lot 4310 for a multiple of the 1c on what typical spacing for this issue is. Therefore, stamps with original gum, four margins and completely free of faults are surprising rarities.

With 2000 Raybaudi certificate. Scott $12,400.00. Sassone €30,000

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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4314
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Sale 1259, Lot 4314, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Tuscany, 1860, 40c Carmine (21a; Sassone 21). Original gum, lightly hinged, tight margins but clear on all four sides, intensely rich shade on fresh paper

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 40-CENTESIMI PROVISIONAL ISSUE IN THE CARMINE SHADE.

The rarity of four-margined copies cannot be overstated. Please refer to Lot 4310 for a multiple of the 1c on what typical spacing for this issue is. Therefore, stamps with original gum, four margins and completely free of faults are surprising rarities.

Signed A. Diena and Oliva. With 2001 Raybaudi and 2006 P.F. certificates. Scott $18,000.00. Sassone €45,000

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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4315
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Sale 1259, Lot 4315, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Naples, 1858, -1/2g Pale Lake (1; Sassone 1). Original gum, lightly hinged, huge margins all around, pale shade on fresh paper, Very Fine and choice, a scarce original-gum example, signed A. Diena, E. Diena, and Sorani, with 1999 Raybaudi certificate, Scot $2,200.00, Sassone €7,000

E. 500-750
400
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4316
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Sale 1259, Lot 4316, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Naples, 1858, 2g Carmine (3c; Sassone 7d). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, mostly huge to large margins, just touching at bottom left, wonderfully fresh color with bold impression, small repair in top left margin, Very Fine appearance, signed A. Diena, with 2001 Raybaudi certificate not noting margin repair, catalogued as singles, Scott $4,400.00, Sassone €10,000

E. 400-500
850
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4317
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Sale 1259, Lot 4317, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Naples, 1858, 5g Brown Lake (4; Sassone 8). Original gum, small h.r., huge to large margins all around, bold color with an uncommonly sharp impression on fresh paper, minute corner crease not mentioned on either accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance, with 1996 Holcombe (stating "part dried up original gum" which leaves us baffled) and 1997 Raybaudi certificates, Scott $3,300.00, Sassone €10,000

E. 400-500
1,500
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4318
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Sale 1259, Lot 4318, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Naples, 1858, 20g Pale Rose (6c; Sassone 13). Original gum, minor h.r., mostly huge margins to ample at right, pretty pastel shade, clear impression on fresh paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE SOUND AND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1858 20-GRANA PALE ROSE.

Signed Bolaffi. with 2005 Sorani certificate. Scott $9,000.00. Sassone €28,000

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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4319
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Sale 1259, Lot 4319, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Naples, 1858, 50g Lilac Rose (7; Sassone 14a). Original gum, huge balanced margins all around, pretty shade

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND HANSOME ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE NAPLES 1858 50-GRANA FIRST ISSUE IN SUPERB CONDITION.

Signed Senf and Oliva. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott $11,000.00. Sassone €30,000

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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4320
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Sale 1259, Lot 4320, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Naples, 1860, -1/2t Deep Blue (8; Sassone 15). Unused (no gum), huge to large margins all around, wonderfully fresh color and strong impression, most recent certificate notes slight thin spots which are barely perceptible

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 -1/2-TORNESI DEEP BLUE PROVISIONAL ISSUE. A STAMP WHICH IS NEARLY UNOBTAINABLE UNUSED IN ANY QUALITY WITH VERY FEW THOUGHT TO EXIST.

One of the key stamps to acquire when building an important Italian States or Naples collection. A review of Power Search reveals this as the only unused example we have offered since keeping computerized records.

With 1985 Calves (not noting any faults) and 1998 Raybaudi certificate. Scott $82,500.00. Sassone €200,000

E. 5,000-7,500
11,000
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4321
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Sale 1259, Lot 4321, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Naples, 1860, -1/2t Blue (9; Sassone 16). Original gum, large balanced margins on each side, wonderfully sharp impression on fresh paper, barest trace of oxidizing at bottom

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 -1/2-TORNESI PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT SAVOY CROSS OF NAPLES. AN ICONIC ITALIAN STATE RARITY IN SOUND AND UNUSED CONDITION. MISSING FROM EVEN THE MOST ADVANCED COLLECTIONS OF THIS ITALIAN STATE.

Unused copies in any condition are few and far between. A small number are thought to still exist - an even smaller number which fall into the category of the stamp offered here with large margins, full original gum and completely free from any faults.

With 2014 Colla and 2009 J-F Brun certificates. Scott $50,000.00. Sassone €130,000

E. 7,500-10,000
12,500
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4322
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Sale 1259, Lot 4322, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, -1/2g Orange (10g; Sassone 1). Block of four with sheet margin at left, positions 21-22/31-32, original gum, top pair minor h.r., bottom pair lightly hinged, large margins, bright and vibrant color, position 31 showing a retouch, Very Fine and choice, a scarce and handsome multiple, with 1978 E. Diena and 2004 Bolaffi certificates, Scott $2,800.00 as singles, Sassone €9,000

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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4323
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Sale 1259, Lot 4323, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 1g Olive Green (12i; Sassone 5d). Mint N.H. block of four with sheet margin at right, other margins large to full, positions 59-60/69-70, deep rich shade, razor sharp impression on bright paper, Extremely Fine, a remarkably fresh block, especially rare in Mint N.H. condition, signed E. Diena and with his 1988 certificate, catalogued as hinged, Scott $1,100.00 as singles, Sassone €9,000 (as Sassone No. 5)

E. 400-500
1,800
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4324
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Sale 1259, Lot 4324, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 2g Pale Blue (13h; Sassone 8). Block of four with sheet margin at bottom, positions, 86-87/96-97, original gum, top pair h.r., bottom pair Mint N.H., large to full margins, wonderfully fresh color and strong impression, Very Fine and choice multiple, signed E. Diena, catalogued as hinged, Scott $800.00 as singles, Sassone €2,500

E. 300-400
450
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4325
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Sale 1259, Lot 4325, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 5g Vermilion (15; Sassone 11). Bottom left corner sheet margin block of four, other margins large, positions 81-82/91-92, slightly dried original gum, h.r., rich color, Very Fine and scarce, signed A. Diena and Bolaffi, Scott $3,500.00 as singles, Sassone €10,000

E. 500-750
1,900
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4326
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Sale 1259, Lot 4326, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 5g Vermilion (15; Sassone 11). Block of four, positions 52-53/62-63, original gum, lightly hinged, large to full margins, fresh color, top pair with horizontal crease, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce multiple, signed A. Diena and E. Diena, with 2007 Colla certificate, Scott $3,500.00 as singles, Sassone €10,000

E. 500-750
900
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4327
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Sale 1259, Lot 4327, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 10g Indigo (16a; Sassone 12b). Block of four, positions 42-43/52-53, original gum, minor h.r.'s, large margins to just touching at bottom left, incredibly intense and deep color, left vertical pair with crease, otherwise Very Fine and handsome multiple, signed A. Diena, with 1989 E. Diena certificate, Scott $3,900.00 as singles, Sassone €10,000 (as Sassone No. 12)

E. 400-500
750
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4328
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Sale 1259, Lot 4328, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 20g Dark Gray Violet (17; Sassone 13). Block of four with sheet margin at top, positions 1-2/11-12, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins, wonderfully rich color on bright paper, top right stamp with pinpoint thin speck, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, signed E. Diena, Scott $3,900.00 as singles, Sassone €10,000

E. 500-750
550
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4329
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Sale 1259, Lot 4329, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 20g Slate Violet (17b; Sassone 13b). Dried original gum, full margins on each side, fresh color, Very Fine, a lovely example of this rare shade, ex Hall, Scott $4,750.00, Sassone €12,000

E. 500-750
475
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4330
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Sale 1259, Lot 4330, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 50g Dark Red Brown (18; Sassone 14). Original gum, h.r., large margins, intense shade and crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 Bonincontro certificate, Scott $975.00, Sassone €1,800

E. 200-300
150
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4331
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Sale 1259, Lot 4331, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Sicily, 1859, 50g Dark Red Brown (18; Sassone 14). Bottom left corner sheet margin block of four, positions 81-82/91-92, original gum, lightly hinged, large to full margins, particularly rich color and strong impression, couple spots of gum pooling on reverse, Very Fine and choice multiple, with 1990 E. Diena certificate, Scott $3,900.00 as singles, Sassone €10,000

E. 500-750
900
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4332
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Sale 1259, Lot 4332, Italian States - Tuscany, Naples, Sicily, BalanceITALIAN STATES, Neapolitan Provinces, 1861, -1/2t-50g King Emmanuel II (19-27; Sassone 17-24). Complete set of eight values in blocks of four, except 10g and 20g blocks of six, original gum, lightly hinged, some stamps Mint N.H., exceptionally fresh colors on bright paper, Very Fine-Extremely Fine set of blocks, -1/2t Green signed A. Diena, -1/2t Bister signed Sorani, 5g signed E. Diena, 10g signed A. Diena, 1g with 2006 Sismondo certificate, catalogued with no premium for Mint N.H. stamps, Scott $6,327.50, Sassone €12,450

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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4333
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The Impressive Unused Italian States Balance of the Porter W. Venn II Collection. Beautifully mounted on Palo album pages, includes representation from all Italian States and Lombardy-Venetia, each stamp meticulously selected individually over the course of decades to fill the space with some of the toughest condition standards we have encountered across the board, while we did notice the occasional small fault, the vast majority are in far superior condition than what is normally expected with these issues, with catalogue values reaching over a couple thousand each, fifteen certificates accompany, plus numerous others signed by recognized experts, the total catalogue value should easily exceed $40,000.00, mostly Fine-Very Fine

E. 3,000-4,000
6,000
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