Lot 1597Italian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 2¢ on 5c green, "PECHINO" and inverted "TIENTSIN" surcharges, part o.g., exceptional centering within wide margins, clear strikes of both surcharges, Extremely Fine, a magnificent and unique unlisted variety, ex-Marquess of Bute; signed Oliva, with 2016 Bottacchi certificate.
Sassone No. unlisted Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.
AN EXTRAORDINARY AND UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 2¢ ON 5C WITH "PECHINO" AND INVERTED "TIENTSIN" SURCHARGES.
Lot 1598Italian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 2¢ on 5c green, inverted surcharge and vertical surcharge in vertical strip of three, showing inverted surcharge at top and vertical surcharge at bottom, in combination with 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 6¢ on 15c slate, surcharge vertical and second issue 1c & 2c pair, all tied on registered cover addressed locally by "R.R. Poste Italiane, Pechino-Cina, 6.5.18" cds's; small trivial corner perf nick on center stamp in strip, Very Fine, a truly outstanding usage of both a inverted and vertical surcharge in a se-tenant strip of three of the 1917 2¢ on 5c issue in combination with a vertical surcharge on the 6¢ on 15c issue, ex-Marquess of Bute; with 1963 Oliva & 2016 Bottacchi certificates.
Sassone No. 1b+1h, 3f, 8, 9 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
UNIQUE COMBINATION OF SURCHARGE VARIETIES AND REPRESENTS ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE ITALIAN P.O.'S IN CHINA.
Lot 1599Italian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 2¢ on 5c green, "PECHINO" and "TIENTSIN" in pair, o.g., hinge remnant reinforcing a few separations at top, fresh with strong bright color, Fine and very rare, ex-Marquess of Bute; signed Fiecchi, with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Scott No. 1e.
Sassone No. 1d €13,000 ($15,990).
Lot 1600 ()Italian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 6¢ on 15c slate, vertical surcharge, without gum, choice centering, fresh with deep color, Very Fine; signed Fiecchi, with1959 Oliva and 2016 Bottacchi certificates. Scott No. 5.
Sassone No. 3f Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 6¢ ON 15C VICTOR EMMANUEL III WITH VERTICAL SURCHARGE IN MINT CONDITION - A GREAT ITALIAN OFFICES RARITY.
Lot 1601Italian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 8¢ on 20c brown orange, inverted surcharge, o.g., lightly hinged, rich vibrant color and bold surcharge, Fine and very rare; with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Scott No. 8a.
Sassone No. 5b €16,000 ($19,680).
AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 8¢ ON 20C VICTOR EMMANUEL III WITH SURCHARGE INVERTED.
Lot 1602 oItalian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 20¢ on 50c violet, inverted surcharge, light "R.R. Poste Italiane, Pechino-Cina" datestamp, strong bright color, Fine; with 1959 A. Diena and 2016 Bottacchi certificates. Scott No. 9a.
Sassone No. 6b €50,000 ($61,500).
AN EXTRAORDINARY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 20¢ ON 50C VICTOR EMMANUEL III ISSUE WITH SURCHARGE INVERTED.
Lot 1603Italian Offices in Peking, 1917-18 Victor Emmanuel III 10c claret, "Pec" partial overprint, large part of the overprint missing, corner margin single, full o.g., a pre-surcharge paper fold which caused the variety, fresh and Very Fine, a unique variety; with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Sassone No. 11.
Scott No. 15 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 1604Italian Offices in Peking, 1917-18 Victor Emmanuel III 50c violet, horizontal pair with horizontal perforation strongly misplaced, full o.g., Fine and unusual; with 1960 A. Diena and 2016 Bottacchi certificates. Scott No. 18 var.
Sassone No. 14b €900+ ($1,110).
Lot 1605Italian Offices in Peking, 1918-19 Victor Emmanuel III 20¢ on 50c violet, imperforate at top, showing large portion of the adjoining stamp at top, full o.g., Fine, an unusual and unique variety; signed Fiecchi, with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Scott No. 28 var.
Sassone No. 25 var. Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 1606Italian Offices in Peking, 1920 Victor Emmanuel III $2 on 5L blue & rose, type II, o.g., never hinged, beautifully centered amid wide margins, bright vibrant colors and particularly fresh, Very Fine and choice, quite possibly only mint example in never hinged condition; signed E. Diena, with 1963 Bolaffi certificate. Scott No. 30a $185,000 for n.h.
Sassone No. 30 €180,000 for hinged ($221,400).
A TRULY REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1920 $2 ON 5L VICTOR EMMANUEL III ISSUE WITH TYPE II SURCHARGE - CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 15 ISSUED AND EVEN MORE SO IN NEVER HINGED CONDITION.