Lot 54Australia, Postage Due, 1909, 20s dull green, perf 11, full lightly toned o.g., well centered for this tight margin issue, bright vivid color, Very Fine.
SG No. D62 £6,500 ($10,520).
A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE 1909 20SH POSTAGE DUE ISSUE.
The 1909 2sh, 10sh and 20sh Postage Dues were issued only in Sydney and were available for only a few months before being replaced with the following bicolored series.
Lot 55 oAustralia, Postage Due, 1909, ½d-5sh used blocks, blocks of 4 or 6 with both 1d & 2d dies (1d die II block of 8), plus 2sh shade, various datestamps & the 5sh with N.S.W. numeral '376', Very Fine.
SG No. D63-D71 £465 for singles ($750).
Lot 56 /oAustralia, Postage Due, 1912, ½d-£1 perforation and color study, of 24 stamps showing color, perf and watermark variety (two low values used), includes perf 14 Cooke Printing, 1d x8 including watermark sideways */o, 2d x3, 3d, 4d x2, 1sh, the scarce 10sh & £1 mint o.g. (only 343 and 708 stamps issues respectively); couple flaws in a couple ½d values, F.-V.F. overall.
SG No. D76//D87 £3,174 ($5,140).
Lot 57Australia, Postage Due, 1919, 3d carmine & yellow green, manuscript "23/11/36" date canceled on cover to Alberton, South Australia, first flight with typed endorsement "Melbourne - Dutch East Indies, By courtesy of Messrs W.D. Rous and H.J. Van Beckman. Via Hornet Moth 'plane", cover franked with Netherlands Indies 1912, 7½ bister tied by "Koepang, 19. 10. 36" cds, two different "T" due handstamps and signed by both pilots, Very Fine, illustrated in Eustis Australian Airmail Catalogue (under number 642). Scott No. J54.
SG No. D95 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
THE ONLY COVER FLOWN OF THE MELBOURNE - DUTCH EAST INDIES FIRST FLIGHT.
Lot 58Australia, Postage Due, 1921, 10s scarlet & pale yellow green, perf 14, bottom margin block of 4 with "CA" monogram imprint, o.g., never hinged, some perf separations at top, fresh and Very Fine, BW #D102zc, cats $340+. Scott No. J48 var.
SG No. D86 £100 for singles ($160).
Lot 59Australia, Postage Due, 1921, 10s scarlet & pale yellow green, perf 14, bottom margin block of 4 with "JBC" monogram imprint, o.g., hinge remnant, fresh and Very Fine, BW #D102z, cats $280. Scott No. J48 var.
SG No. D86 £100 for singles ($160).
Lot 60Australia, Postage Due, 1931, 1d carmine & yellow green, vertical strip of three, in combination with ½d KGV used as Postage Due on Columbia, La. corner card cover, franked with U.S. 2¢ Red Cross issue tied by origin cds, dues canceled by "Geelong, Vic., 12 No, 31" cds's, "T 3½d" in oval and "Centimes 30T" circular handstamps, Very Fine, the Geelong post office undoubtedly was out of ½d postage dues and resorted the to the regular issue stamps, a very scarce combination.
SG No. D100 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 61Australia, Postage Due, 1936, 6d carmine & yellow green, perf 11, irregular block of 3, tied by "Fremantle, 1 Je, 37" cds's on incoming airmail cover, franked with G.B. 6d KGV tied by "Scarborough, Yorks, 9 May, 1917" machine postmark, blue crayon "45" in circle and "T" in octagon handstamp, bold Fremantle receiving cds and reverse with Perth transit backstamp, Very Fine. Scott No. J62.
SG No. D110 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
A REMARKABLE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF THE SCARCE 1936 6D PERF 11 POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. CONSIDERED THE RAREST COVER OF THE AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH PERIOD.
While the airmail rate from Australia was 1/6 per half ounce, the rate from England was only 1/3. This equivalent deficiency of 9d is reflected as 9d postage plus 9d tax. The small blue crayon 45 refers to the 45 gold centimes (UPU artificial international currency) for which the A£ equivalent was 1/6.
Lot 62Australia, Postage Due, 1937, 2d carmine & yellow green, left gutter imperforate, left gutter margin single imperforate between the stamp and gutter, o.g., lightly hinged, choice centering, Extremely Fine, a rare and attractive perforation error. ACSC No. D108b $1,000 ($620).
SG No. D107 var. Estimate $600 - 800.
According to the A.C.S.C., three sheets were produced in this fashion with only 30 examples issued, of the surviving examples some have had the left most perforations trimmed.
Lot 63Australia, Postage Due, 1957, 8d carmine & green, tied by "Elizabeth St. P.O., Melbourne, 23 Ap, 57" First Day of Issue postmark on unaddressed cacheted cover; cover toning on reverse, otherwise Very Fine, a surprisingly rare first day of the 1957 8d Postage Due issue.
SG No. D127 Estimate $300 - 400.