Lot 420France, 1906, Merson, 45c, 60c & 2fr issues, full panes of 25, o.g., never hinged, strong colors, 2f with gum wrinkle affecting one stamp, otherwise Very Fine, a nice group of panes. Yvert No. 143-145.
Scott No. 122, 124, 127 $9,671.
Lot 421France, 1906, Merson, 45c, 1fr & 3fr issues, group including 45c, two 1fr (in shades) and 3fr panes of 25, and a 3fr part pane of 20 (some perf separations), o.g., never hinged, 1fr & 3fr each with creases affecting five stamps, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. 122, 125, 128 $9,738.
Lot 422France, 1926, Merson, 10fr green & red, full pane of 25, o.g., never hinged, nice overall centering, strong color, diagonal crease at bottom affecting two stamps, otherwise Very Fine, a very scarce pane. Yvert No. 207.
Scott No. 131 $8,125.
Lot 423France, 1926, Merson, 20fr magenta & green, full pane of 25, o.g., never hinged, nice overall centering, rich colors, some wrinkling in selvage not affecting stamps, Very Fine, a very scarce pane. Yvert No. 208.
Scott No. 132 $12,500.
Lot 424French Colonies: Bénin, 1894, 1¢ black on bluish, gutter block of 50, in combination with 1894, 2¢ three singles + 15¢ two singles (34+38) on 1900 registered cover to France, all tied by "Ouidah, Dahomey, 21 Avril, 00" cds's, registry handstamp and French transit; stamp flaws, F.-V.F., an impressive franking.
Scott No. 33 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 425French Colonies: French Oceania, 1892, 75c deep violet on orange, tied by light strike of violet "Papeete, Tahiti, Apr 27, 07" cds to Berkeley Cal., May 13th arrival backstamp, cover edge tears; accompanied by second cover from same correspondence bearing 25c blue (12) tied by light strike of blue "Papeete, Tahiti, 2 Aout 07" cds and endorsed "Per S.S. Mariposa", F.-V.F. and scarce pair.
Scott No. 19; $560 as solo frankings Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 426French Colonies: Gabon, 1912, 5c on 25c blue, tied by "N'Gomo, Gabon, 30 Avril, 91" cds's (year date numbers reversed) on printed matter cover to Rochester, N.H., enclosure for postage stamp exchange, Very Fine.
Scott No. 76 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 427French Colonies: Tahiti, 1901-15 Papeete, Tahiti to San Francisco, group of four covers bearing French Oceania issues; 1901 cover with 1892, 25c black on rose (Scott 11), other three registered with 1904 cover franked 1892, 50c carmine and pale rose + 75c deep violet on orange (17+19), 1913 cover with 1900, 25c blue pair (12) and 1915 cover franked with 1900, 15c gray + 1913, 50c dark brown & black (9+42), Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.