Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

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

Category — Italy

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4334
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Sale 1259, Lot 4334, ItalyITALY, 1862, 10c Bister (17; Sassone 1). Mint N.H., impressively well-centered for this challenging stamp, lovely intense colors and a strong embossed vignette, barely perceptible handstamp bleed to front at bottom left only mentioned on latest certificate

VERY FINE AND MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1862 10-CENTESIMI FIRST ISSUE OF ITALY. RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

Signed by various experts. With 1958 A. Diena, 2001 Raybaudi, and 2002 P.F. certificates. Scott $12,000.00. Sassone €24,000

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
4335
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Sale 1259, Lot 4335, ItalyITALY, 1862, 40c Red (20; Sassone 3). Mint N.H., excellent centering, lovely shade on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, a rare Mint N.H. example in pristine quality, signed Chiavarello, with 1980 Colla certificate, Scott $625.00, Sassone €1,100

E. 200-300
325
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4336
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Sale 1259, Lot 4336, ItalyITALY, 1863, 15c Blue, Ty. I (23a; Sassone 12). Mint N.H., huge to full margins all around, wonderfully fresh color, Very Fine and choice, signed Raybaudi and with his 2016 certificate, Scott $725.00, Sassone €1,500

E. 200-300
400
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4337
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Sale 1259, Lot 4337, ItalyITALY, 1863, 5c Slate Green, De La Rue Printing (26; Sassone L16). Original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered for this challenging stamp, deep rich color on bright paper, Very Fine, a surprisingly difficult stamp to find in this condition, with 1999 Sorani and 2000 P.F. certificates, Scott $1,825.00, Sassone €3,000 as "fair" centering and €8,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 300-400
500
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4338
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Sale 1259, Lot 4338, ItalyITALY, 1863, 10c Buff, De La Rue Printing (27a; Sassone L17). Original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, strong color with a sharp impression, Very Fine, a choice unused example of this rare stamp, especially with original gum, with 1990 Oliva, 1990 Raybaudi, and 2006 P.F. certificates, Scott $3,100.00, Sassone €5,500 as "fair" centering and €18,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 500-750
900
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4339
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Sale 1259, Lot 4339, ItalyITALY, 1877, 10c Blue (28; Sassone 27). Original gum, lightly hinged, impressively well-centered with design clear of perfs on each side, rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine, rarely encountered in this pristine condition with this centering, with 2012 Dr. Terrachini certificate, Scott $5,850.00, Sassone €11,000 as "fair" centering and €17,500 as "excellent" centering

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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4340
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Sale 1259, Lot 4340, ItalyITALY, 1863, 15c Pale Blue, De La Rue Printing (29; Sassone L18a). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally well-centered, fresh pastel shade, most recent certificate notes a tiny corner crease which leaves us utterly baffled, Very Fine and choice, with 1995 Biondi and 2004 P.F. certificates, Scott $2,350.00, Sassone €4,250 as "fair" centering and €10,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 200-300
500
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4341
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Sale 1259, Lot 4341, ItalyITALY, 1863, 40c Carmine, De La Rue Printing (31; Sassone L20). Original gum, barely hinged, particularly well-centered, lovely rich shade on bright paper, Very Fine, a rare original gum stamp in this choice quality, with 1992 E. Diena and 2001 P.F. certificates, the latter declining opinion as to printing which is normal since unused examples are barely distinguishable, Scott $6,500.00, Sassone €8,500 as "fair" centering and €17,500 as "excellent" centering

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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4342
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Sale 1259, Lot 4342, ItalyITALY, 1865, 20c on 15c Blue, Ty. I (34; Sassone 25). Mint N.H., impressively well-centered, bright and fresh, Very Fine and choice, signed E. Diena and with his 2000 certificate, Scott $1,300.00, Sassone €2,200 as "fair" centering and €3,500 as "excellent" centering

E. 200-300
600
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4343
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Sale 1259, Lot 4343, ItalyITALY, 1867, 20c Blue, Torino Printing (35a; Sassone T26). Mint N.H., excellent centering which is far better than typically encountered, rich color, Very Fine and choice, scarce in this condition, signed E. Diena and with his 1992 certificate, Scott $1,200.00, Sassone €2,000 as "fair" centering and €5,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 200-300
500
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4344
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Sale 1259, Lot 4344, ItalyITALY, 1877, 20c Orange (36; Sassone 28). Original gum, mild h.r., well-centered, vibrant color on bright paper, Very Fine, an especially rare stamp with original gum and in sound condition, signed Richter and with 1954 R.P.S. certificate, Scott $4,400.00, Sassone €8,000 as "fair" centering and €12,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 500-750
650
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4345
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Sale 1259, Lot 4345, ItalyITALY, 1878, 2c on 2c to 2c on 10l Surcharged Issue (37-44; Sassone 29-36). Complete set of eight values, original gum, 2c lightly hinged (slight edge toning), 5c Mint N.H., signed E. Diena and with his 2011 certificate, 20c Mint N.H., signed A. Diena and Sorani, with 2010 Ghiglione certificate, 30c lightly hinged, 1l lightly hinged, signed Sorani, 2l Mint N.H., signed Raybaudi and with his 2000 certificate, 5l lightly hinged, with 2008 Dr. Terrachini certificate, 10l Mint N.H. with minor adhesion on gum, signed, wonderfully fresh overall with particularly choice centering, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, Scott $6,780.00, Sassone €10,650 as "fair" centering and €30,350 as "excellent" centering

Sale 1259, Lot 4345, Italy
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E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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4346
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Sale 1259, Lot 4346, ItalyITALY, 1890, 20c on 30c Brown (65; Sassone 57). Mint N.H., spectacular centering for this notoriously off-centered stamp, deep rich color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, signed E. Diena, with 2005 E. Diena and 2006 P.F. certificates, Scott $950.00, Sassone €1,500 as "fair" centering and €3,500 as "excellent" centering

E. 200-300
300
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4347
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Sale 1259, Lot 4347, ItalyITALY, 1961, 205l Rose Lilac, Error of Color (834a; Sassone 921). Mint N.H., well-centered and fresh, Very Fine and choice, Scott $1,250.00, Sassone €1,900

E. 300-400
325
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4348
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Sale 1259, Lot 4348, ItalyITALY, 1921, 20c Brown Orange, Semi-Postal, Blue "B.L.P." Overprint at Top (B6 var; Sassone 2f). Mint N.H., precise centering with uncommonly wide margins, intense shade and strong impression, Extremely Fine, a superb example of this rare stamp with the overprint at top rather than bottom, signed Sorani, with 1990 Raybaudi, 2005 Zanaria, and 2010 Bottacchi certificates, catalogued as normal placement (since Sassone doesn't price Mint N.H.), Scott $2,500.00, Sassone €3,000 as "fair" centering and €8,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 400-500
650
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4349
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Sale 1259, Lot 4349, ItalyITALY, 1922, 20c Brown Orange, Semi-Postal, "B.L.P." Lithographed Overprinted (B11a; Sassone 7). Mint N.H., bright and fresh, excellent centering, Very Fine and choice, signed Oliva and with his 1986 certificate, Scott $1,575.00, Sassone €1,500 as "fair" centering and €5,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 300-400
425
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4350
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Sale 1259, Lot 4350, ItalyITALY, 1922, 60c Carmine, "B.L.P." Overprint (B15; Sassone 11). Mint N.H., precise centering with design clear of perforations on each side, intense shade and strong impression, Extremely Fine, a Gem example of this rare stamp which is typically encountered off-centered, only 1,100 printed, signed A. Diena, with 1993 Raybaudi, 1993 Toselli, and 1994 Caffaz certificates, Scott $4,000.00, Sassone €4,000 as "fair" centering and €12,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 750-1,000
1,900
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4351
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Sale 1259, Lot 4351, ItalyITALY, 1923, 1l Brown & Green, "B.L.P." Overprint (B16; Sassone 12). Original gum, barely hinged, bold and fresh colors, impressively well-centered with wide margins, Very Fine and choice, a rare high value, especially in such pristine condition, with 1969 A. Diena and 1985 E. Diena certificates as a set from which this originates, Scott $3,250.00, Sassone €3,500 as "fair" centering and €10,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 500-750
1,600
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4352
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Sale 1259, Lot 4352, ItalyITALY, 1933, 5.25l + 44.75l "Servizio Di Stato" Triptych (CO1; Sassone SA1). Mint N.H., wonderful centering, brilliant colors

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1933 AIR POST OFFICIAL TRIPTYCH.

Signed E. Diena. With 1983 E. Diena certificate. Scott $5,000.00. Sassone €6,300

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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4353
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Sale 1259, Lot 4353, ItalyITALY,1934, 10l Blue & Black, "Servizio Di Stato" (CO2; Sassone SA2). Original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, fresh and Very Fine, Scott $875.00, Sassone €1,100

E. 200-300
190
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4354
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Sale 1259, Lot 4354, ItalyITALY, 1863, 10c Yellow, Postage Due (J1; S1). Original gum, h.r., huge to large margins all around, wonderfully fresh color, Very Fine and choice, a rare stamp, with 1999 A.P.S. certificate, Scott $2,000.00, Sassone €2,500

E. 300-400
350
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4355
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Sale 1259, Lot 4355, ItalyITALY, 1869, 10c Buff, Postage Due (J2; Sassone S2). Original gum, lightly hinged, uncommonly well-centered with wide magins, bold color on fresh paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLY WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENTESIMI POSTAGE DUE. RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

With 1964 A. Diena and 2011 P.F. certificates. Scott $9,000.00. Sassone €12,000 as "fair" centering and €35,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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4356
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Sale 1259, Lot 4356, ItalyITALY, 1870, 1l Light Blue & Brown, Postage Due (J13; Sassone S11). Original gum, relatively lightly hinged, wonderfully well-centered, fresh colors on bright paper

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-LIRA POSTAGE DUE WITH THE BROWN CENTER.

With 2007 Raybaudi certificate. Scott $8,000.00. Sassone €14,000 as "fair" centering and €30,000 as "excellent" centering

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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4357
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Sale 1259, Lot 4357, ItalyITALY, 1890-91, 10c on 2c, 20c on 1c, 30c on 2c Postage Dues (J25-J27; Sassone S17-S19). Original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, fresh colors, 30c with two lightly toned perf tips, still Very Fine and scarce set, 20c signed Oliva, 30c with 2006 A.P.S. certificate, Scott $2,655.00, Sassone €3,560 as "fair" centering and €9,750 as "excellent" centering

E. 300-400
325
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4358
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Sale 1259, Lot 4358, ItalyITALY, 1954, 1,000l Ultramarine, Parcel Post (Q76; Sassone PP81). Mint N.H., well-centered, uncommonly fresh, Very Fine, a choice example of this often misidentified high value, Scott $2,000.00 as hinged, Sassone €4,500

E. 500-750
650
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4359
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The Porter W. Venn II Exceptional Unused Collection Balance of Italy. Beautifully mounted in a Palo album from the First Issue of 1862 to the late 1930s, what separates this collection from other collection balances of Italy proper we have offered in the past is the effort undertaken over the course of decades to acquire select examples of each example regardless of their value, collectors of this area are well attuned to the maladies of this period of Italian stamps, much of which is focused around centering (so much so that Sassone has three classifications of value based on this alone), the collection is virtually complete from the 1890s onwards though there are important items prior to that as well with items cataloguing over a couple thousand each, with strong Back-of-Book including Semi-Postals, Air Posts, Postage Dues, Parcel Post, and more, fifteen certificates accompany though many others are signed by recognized experts, the catalogue value exceeds $22,000.00 though that does not take into account any Mint N.H. items which are plentiful, so the true value is surely considerably higher, mostly Fine-Very Fine or better

E. 2,000-3,000
7,500
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