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Italian States - Sicily - Essays & Proofs

Lots 434-443

Lot 434 E   

Sicily, 1858 Essays by Barone, set as listed in Sassone (27 items), includes color variations 1a, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5a, 5b, 7a, and 16a; this collection contains all but one of the listed varieties of the Barone essay (P16 is missing from the set), each essay with clear to huge margins, Very Fine; each with E. Diena and/or Bottacchi certificate(s).
Sassone No. P1-21; €47,250 ($58,120)    Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

A WONDERFUL EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF THE 1858 BARONE ESSAYS WHICH WOULD BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO ASSEMBLE.

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Lot 435    

Sicily, 1858 Essays by Barone, in ochre, vertically superimposed varieties, two different; includes vertical pair superimposed not aligned and a vertical tête-bêche pair superimposed not aligned, the former with margin slightly in and scissor separation cut into one stamp, still Very Fine for these, a likely unique pair of superimposed Barone essays; with 2015 Bottacchi, one with 1997 Sorani and other with 1991 En. Diena certificates.
Sassone No. P5 vars.    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

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Lot 436    

Sicily, Color Trial by Barbera & Lao, 1858 ½gr Bistre, on handmade paper, large even margins, bright & fresh, Very Fine; with 1996 En Diena and 2013 Bottacchi photo certificates.
Sassone No. P30; €3,000 ($3,690)    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 437    

Sicily, Color Trial by Barbera & Lao, 1858 ½gr Deep Purple, on handmade paper, large even margins, bright & fresh, Extremely Fine and choice; with 1996 En Diena and 2013 Bottacchi photo certificates.
Sassone No. P32; €3,000 ($3,690)    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 438    

Sicily, Color Trial by Barbera & Lao, 1858 ½gr Blue, on machine-made card with experimental horseshoe cancellation, large even margins, bright & fresh, slight thinning, otherwise Extremely Fine and a very rare item with this trial cancelation which is listed but unpriced in Sassone; with 1995 En. Diena certificate.
Sassone No. P35    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

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Lot 439    

Sicily, Color Trial by Barbera & Lao, 1858 ½gr Blue, on machine-made card, large even margins, bright & fresh, Extremely Fine; with 2009 Behr certificate.
Sassone No. P35; €3,500 ($4,300)    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 440    

Sicily, Color Trial by Barbera & Lao, 1858 ½gr Carmine on Card, a wonderful example with four large even margins and bright fresh color, Extremely Fine and choice, a rare example on carton paper; with 2011 Bottacchi & 2012 Zanaria certificates.
Sassone No. P40; €13,500 ($16,600)    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

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Lot 441    

Sicily, Color Trial by Barbera & Lao, 1858 ½gr "Lacca Bruno" on Card, four large even margins and bright fresh color, Extremely Fine and rare, a lovely gem; with 1987 En. Diena certificate.
Sassone No. P41; €13,500 ($16,600)    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

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Lot 442    

Sicily, Color Trial by Barbera & Lao, 1858 ½gr Yellow Ochre, on Card, four large margins and bright color, Extremely Fine, Listed but not priced in Sassone as this is thought to be the unique example in this shade (as per Diena cert.); with 1996 En. Diena certificate.
Sassone No. P41A    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

A MAJOR RARITY OF SICILY WHICH IS SIGNED BY EM. DIENA, A. DIENA, EN. DIENA AND G. BOLAFFI.

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Lot 443    

Sicily, Essays by Lesaché, 1858 Three Different (No Denomination) in Black, Blue, and Red with Effigy and the Background Redone, bright and fresh, Very Fine, the rose shade is listed in Sassone, but unpriced as it is thought to be unique; with 2010 Behr certificate.
Sassone No. P45, 46 & 49    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

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