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Italian States - Sicily - 1859 2gr Ferdinand II

Lots 469-478 Lots 479-483

Lot 469    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g blue, plate I (Pos. 29-30, 39-40), block of 4 with four margin and sheet margin at right, bright fresh color, o.g., appears never hinged, Very Fine and choice; all stamps signed Bolaffi. Scott No. 13.
Sassone No. 6; €2,500 ($3,080)    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 470 /   

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g blue, plate I, Palermo paper, block of 6 (Pos. 1-3, 11-13), ample to large margins including corner margin at top left, bright fresh color, o.g., never hinged at top, lightly hinged at bottom, immaculate and Very Fine; with 1990 En. Diena certificate. Scott No. 13.
Sassone No. 6; €3,200+ ($3,940)    Estimate $400 - 600.

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Lot 471    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2gr blue on Napoli paper, postal fraud, two stamps spliced together to create a 2gr Postal Fraud tied on 1859 folded cover from Termini to Sciacca with oval Termini postmark and Palermo transit cds, Very Fine and unusual; with 1977 En. Diena and 2010 Bottacchi certificates.
Sassone No. 6a    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN POSTAL FRAUDS. A RARE ITEM FOR THE SPECIALIST.

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Lot 472    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g blue, plate I, Napoli paper, second day usage (Pos. 53), four large margins, tied by neat blue Horseshoe cancel on folded letter from Modica to Siracusa, letter is datelined 2 January 1859, the second day of issue, Extremely Fine and rare; signed Mondolfo, A. Diena, En. Diena, with 2010 Bottacchi & 2012 Vaccari certificates.
Sassone No. 6a    Estimate $500 - 750.

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Lot 473 o   

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g dark cobalt blue, plate I, Napoli paper, four large margins, deep color, light Horseshoe cancel, Extremely Fine; with 1968 Bolaffi certificate.
Sassone No. 6c; €900 ($1,110)    Estimate $75 - 100.

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Lot 474    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g dark cobalt blue, plate I, Napoli paper, strip of 4 (Pos. 87-90) + 2gr light blue (Sass. #8) Plate III, single, all tied by horseshoe cancel on 1860 folded cover from Messina (1.6.1869) to Malta, name of addressee eradicated, Very Fine, a rare combination of different plates in siege period of the Thousand of Garibaldi from the city of Messina, Sassone catalog for normal strip on cover; with 1996 Sorani and 2013 Bottacchi certificates.
Sassone No. 6c; €22,500 ($27,680)    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

AN IMPORTANT AND HISTORIC COVER TO THIS RARE DESTINATION.

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Lot 475    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g blue ultramarine, plate I, Napoli paper, oily impression, strip of 3 (position. 42-44), mostly large margins, tied by three strikes of Horseshoe cancel on 1859 folded cover from Caltagirone to Palermo with ideal strike of Palermo 4 March 1859 receiver, Very Fine, a very rare shade particularly on cover, Sassone catalog for single on cover; Signed Em. Diena, A. Diena, En. Diena, Grioni, with 1952 A. Diena, 1987 En. Diena and 2014 Vaccari certificates.
Sassone No. 6d; €26,000 ($31,980)    Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

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Lot 476    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g azzurro smorto (dull blue), plate I, Napoli paper, horizontal pair (Pos. 27-28) ample to mostly large margins, deep color. tied by two strikes of horseshoe cancel on 1859 folded cover from Cefalú to Palermo, early usage January 1859, Extremely Fine; with 1994 R. Diena certificate and signed A. Diena, Oliva.
Sassone No. 6e; €8,000 ($9,840)    Estimate $500 - 750.

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Lot 477    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g azzurro smorto (dull blue), plate I, Napoli paper (Pos. 34), four large margins, tied by horseshoe cancel on 1860 folded cover from Girgenti 1 April 1860 to Palermo, and bearing Palermo receiver of 6 April, Extremely Fine; Signed A. Diena and Russo.
Sassone No. 6e; €4,000 ($4,920)    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 478    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 2g bright blue, plate I, Napoli paper, horizontal pair (Pos. 29-30), the right stamp being the "Virgola" (Comma) "2" variety, four large margins, tied by two strikes of Horseshoe cancel on folded cover from Caltanissetta (12 July 1859) to Palermo, with Palermo receiver (13 July 1859)., Very Fine, Sassone catalog for normal pair; 1972 A. Diena and 2010 Zanaria certificates.
Sassone No. 6f; €4,000 ($4,920)    Estimate $400 - 600.

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