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Sale 78: The Westpex Sale

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Lots 1176-1185 Lots 1186-1195 Lots 1196-1200

Lot 1176    

Monaco, 1972 2,00f "Albert" Durer Error, unissued error (Albert instead of Albrecht), bottom left corner margin single, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine and choice, very rare. Scott No. 817 var.
Maury No. 915A    €6,000 ($7,380).

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Lot 1177    

Monaco, 1972 2,00f "Albert" Durer Error, unissued error (Albert instead of Albrecht), horizontal pair, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine and choice, very rare. Scott No. 817 var.
Maury No. 915A    €12,000 ($14,760).

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Lot 1178 P   

Paraguay, 1881 Lion issue, plate proofs, imperf proof sheets of 100 on thick carton paper; 1c in brown and black, 2c in rose and brown and 4c in blue and brown, also sheets of unissued 2r in brown and green, issued sheets with "Litho. L. Gourmand. Buenos Aires" imprints at sides; minor selvage flaws, otherwise Very Fine (no photo).
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 1179 P   

Paraguay, 1881 Lion issue, plate proofs, imperf proof sheets of 100 on wove; 1c in brown, black and rose, 2c and 4c in blue and black, with "Litho. L. Gourmand. Buenos Aires" imprints at sides; minor selvage flaws, otherwise Very Fine (no photo).
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Lot 1180 P   

Romania, 1872-79, King Carol I issue proofs, 16 stamps part perf and imperf; includes 1½b in blue, green, bistre, carmine and orange (pair), 5b in red brown and black (single and pair), 10b in green, black, bistre and orange, 25b in black and carmine; few small flaws, generally Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $120

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Lot 1181 P   

Romania, 1880, King Carol I "Perle" issue proofs, 10 items; 15b issue with die proof on India stamp size and a imperf gummed proof with blue "Project" overprint, 25b with 8 proofs on various colored papers with "Print Anulat" overprint in blue; one 25b with repaired tear, a Fine group.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $170

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Lot 1182 P   

Romania, 1885-89, King Carol I "Vulturi" issue trial colors, 12 issues; 1½b in blue (tear) and red brown on light buff paper, four 5b black on different paper types and 15b black block of 4 and pair on wove, generally F.-V.F.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $170

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Lot 1183    

Russia, 1898, 4k red postal card, to Japan canceled by Korea "Gensan, I.J.P.O." cds, with matching boxed Paquebot handstamp and red arrival cds; some card toning, Fine, a scarce usage from the Japanese Office in Gensan, Korea.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $200

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Lot 1184    

Puerto Rico, 1855 (May 13) Guayama, Puerto Rico to New York N.Y. via Cuba, blue datelined folded letter from the Lanman Kemp correspondence, bold blue "Guayama, Puerto Rico, May 9" cds and matching "Franco" handstamp adjacent and "2" reales rating handstamp, second strike of Guayama (5.13) backstamp, sent from San Juan with blue "Baeza, 15 May 1855" dispatch cds, reverse with blue "Havana, Isla de Cuba, 2 Jun 1855" transit cds and black "Rubric" handstamp, carried by steamship from Havana to New York, black "10, Steamship" circular due handstamp for 10¢ steamship rate, file folds, Very Fine.
Estimate    $5,000 - 7,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CUBA "RUBRIC" HANDSTAMP ON TRANSIT MAIL FROM PUERTO RICO TO THE UNITED STATES.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED STRIKES OF THE CUBA "RUBRIC" HANDSTAMP.

This unusual rubric-shaped handstamp was rarely applied to correspondence in transit through Havana during May 1855. In an article "The Auditor's Rubric" by Adolfo Sarrias & Yamil H. Kouri Jr. (copy accompanies lot), they suggest "this marking was applied as an intervention postmark, applied to letters held for lack of payment of Cuban transit fee. The delay for forwarding the letters suggests that the Havana post office held them until someone paid the postage. It is possible that the Cuban Postal Administration sent a notice to the addressee requesting the payment or that a third party, the consul from the addressee's country, a business associate, etc. made the payment.The handstamp appears to be the rubric signature of Manuel Arias, who appears to have been a mail inspector and is listed for 1857 and 1859 as the 1st Intervening Officer, second in importance after the Postmaster General.

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Lot 1185    

Tannu Tuva, 1933, 35k on 15k brown, type III surcharge, o.g., hinge remnant, bright and fresh, Very Fine, a choice example of this scarce surcharge issue.
Scott No. 44    $1,500.

Realized: $260

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