Lot 317France, 1850, Ceres, 25c light blue on bluish, block of 4, full brownish o.g., full to large margins, rich color and bright paper, Very Fine; with 2004 Brun certificate. Yvert No. 4. Maury No. 4 €43,500 ($46,150).
Scott No. 6 $30,000.
AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL GUM BLOCK OF THE 1850 25C CERES ISSUE.
Lot 318France, 1869, Napoleon III Laureate, 5fr gray lilac on lavender, well centered with bright color, o.g., Very Fine, a lovely and choice 5fr Napoleon high value. Yvert No. 33 €8,000 ($8,490). Maury No. 6.
Scott No. 37 $6,000.
Lot 319France, 1870, Bordeaux, 80c rose on pinkish, used with 10c bister on rose (42) and 30c brown on yellowish (46), each four large margins and tied by "5083" diamond lozenge cancels, matching "Constantinople, Turquie, 19 Mai 71" origin cds on blue 1871 folded letter to Messina, Aug. 15th arrival backstamp, trivial cover wear at bottom left, Very Fine. Yvert No. 43+47+49.
Scott No. 48 Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
A RARE THREE-COLOR BORDEAUX ISSUE FRANKING FROM CONSTANTINOPLE TO MESSINA.
Lot 320France, Airmail, 1936, 50fr "Banknote", bottom right margin block of four with "16 Juin 1936" date handstamp, o.g., never hinged, thin and small margin nick at left not mentioned on certificate, Extremely Fine and choice corner date block; with 2017 Roumet certificate. Yvert No. 15. Maury No. 3 €8,700 ($9,230).
Scott No. C15 $6,800 as nh singles.
Lot 321Germany, 1937 Hindenberg Crash Cover, substantial portion of cover addressed to Detriot, Michigan, franked with 1933, 25pf + 60pf Von Hindenberg issues tied by "Saarbucken, 2.5.37" cds's, bold red German flight cachet, Very Fine for this; with 1941 F.W. Kessler letter of attest.
Sieger No. 454A Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
A EXCEPTIONAL 1937 HINDENBERG CRASH COVER BEARING MULTIPLE VON HINDENBERG ISSUES.
The German Zeppelin Hindenburg made sixty-three flights, including ten roundtrips to the United States in 1936. It met tragedy May 6, 1937. Attempting to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the giant airship burst into flames near the mooring mast. In only thirty-two seconds, the Zeppelin was smoldering wreckage. Amazingly, nearly two-thirds of the passengers and crew survived (thirty-five people on board died plus one member of the ground crew; sixty-two survived). Postal officials salvaged approximately 358 pieces from the 17,609 estimated pieces of mail on the flight.