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Italian States - Sicily - 1859 20gr Ferdinand II

Lots 516-525 Lots 526-527

Lot 516    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray (Pos. 10), o.g., never hinged, large margins showing full dividing lines and corner margin at top right, bright fresh color, an Extremely Fine gem; with 1972 Bolaffi and 1989 En. Diena certificates. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13; €1,650 ($2,030)    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Lot 517    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray, block of 4 (Pos. 46-7, 56-7), o.g., lightly hinged, four nice margins, fresh, Extremely Fine and scarce; signed A. Diena, with 1970 Bolaffi and 1991 En. Diena certificates. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13; €9,000 ($11,070)    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

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Lot 518    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray, block of 4 (Pos. 57-8, 67-8), o.g., very lightly hinged, large even margins, bright fresh color, small stain on top left stamp (not mentioned on certs.), Extremely Fine, a lovely block; with 1980 En. Diena certificate and 2001 Bolaffi Graded certificate (Graded "80"). Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13; €9,000 ($11,070)    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

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Lot 519 /   

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray, Palermo paper, corner margin block of 25 (Pos. 6-10 thru 46-50), o.g., mostly never hinged, large margins with corner margin at top right, two stamps slightly cut in at left, vibrant fresh color, Extremely Fine and choice, A stunning showpiece, with 1983 En. Diena certificate; Signed G. Bolaffi. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13; €50,850 as 4 blks & 9 singles ($62,550)    Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

A rare multiple, believed to be the only surviving top right quarter sheet in private hands. This magnificent piece was featured in the Sicily Stamp Centenary Auction in London, 10 June 1959, held by Robson Lowe. It was by far the most valuable item in that auction, and was sold for £1,800. The Italian postal museum owns the only full sheet known.

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Lot 520    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray, tied in combination with 1gr. rust brown, Plate I + 2 gr. bright blue Plate III + 5 gr. carmine Plate I on folded cover from Messina (1859. 12. 9.) to Livorno, adhesives all with nice margins except 20gr shaving design at bottom, Extremely Fine; with 1989 En. Diena certificate. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13+3+8c+9a    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

A STUNNING FOUR COLOR FRANKING WHICH IS EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

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Lot 521    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g slate gray, tied by horseshoe cancels in combination with 2gr. light blue, Plate III on 1860 folded cover from Messina 2.7.60. to Genova, red three line "Piroscafi Postali Francesi" handstamp on face and backstamped with red Genova arrival handstamp of 6.7. 60., adhesive with large margins to just shaving design of 20gr. at top right, Very Fine and attractive; with 2011 Vaccari certificate. Scott No. 17.
Sassone No. 13+8; €10,500 ($12,920)    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

A remarkable late usage. Garibaldi abolished the use of stamps carrying Ferdinand II's effigy on 23 July 1860.

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Lot 522 o   

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g blackish slate, four ample to large margins, neat horseshoe cancel, Very Fine and scarce used; with 2009 Behr certificate.
Sassone No. 13a; €3,750 ($4,610)    Estimate $200 - 300.

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Lot 523    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g dark slate, block of 4 (Pos. 6-7, 16-17), slightly brownish o.g., four large even margins with sheet margin at top, bright fresh color, top left stamp with small thin (not mentioned on cert.), Very Fine; signed Em. Diena, A. Diena and G. Bolaffi, with 1965 Bolaffi certificate.
Sassone No. 13c; €9,000 ($11,070)    Estimate $400 - 600.

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Lot 524    

Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g dark slate, corner margin block of 8 (Pos. 87-90 and 97-100), o.g., lightly hinged, large margins including large corner margin at bottom right, Extremely Fine, a wonderful and rare multiple, ex-Rothschild in Phillips' sale of 25 Oct. 1990; with 1990 En. Diena certificate.
Sassone No. 13c; €18,000 as two blocks ($22,140)    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

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Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 20g dark slate, four clear to large margins, neat horseshoe cancel, Very Fine; with 2010 Avi certificate.
Sassone No. 13c; €1,600 ($1,970)    Estimate $100 - 150.

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