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Lot 60617 – THE LARGEST MULTIPLE KNOWN OF THE VALUABLE 1868 3C. GREY-ROSE

Lot 60617 – THE LARGEST MULTIPLE KNOWN OF THE VALUABLE 1868 3C. GREY-ROSE
Italian States » Papal States
Prix réalisé
Invendu
Estimation
35’000 – 50’000 EUR
Date de vente
jeu. 17 juin 2021 at 09:00 (Europe/Zurich)
Description

THE LARGEST MULTIPLE KNOWN OF THE VALUABLE 1868 3C. GREY-ROSE

ORIGINATING FROM THE ONLY SURVIVING SHEET

1868 3c grey rose, the extraordinary block of 16 (4×4), including four vertical and four horizontal interpanneau pairs, very fresh and outstandingly preserving its full original gum, except for a small paper adherence impinging on one stamp and a tiny part of an adjoining one, with one horizontal pair having few separated perforations between the two adhesives in lower center of the block (with three or four perforations being also opened in other place), -mentioned for accuracy only and as usually encountered in multiples in this issue when possessing gum and consequently being fragile-, natural horizontal light crease in the lower row already present before the printing of the stamp (the ink of the impression goes partly through the uneven surface) and of no significance, fingerprint spot at top left corner, as a whole being outstandingly fine. As far as we can say, the largest multiple recorded of this very difficult stamp, of which only one sheet survived, being the second most valuable single issued stamp in the Papal States and one of the charismatic stamps for its rarity in the Italian States, and in addition a key positional block; cert. Bolaffi (2008); Sassone €450’000 just for 12 stamps with interpanneau and without counting other stamps, or also €500’000 for four blocks of four but without considering the valuable interpanneaus.

Note: See the book of the philatelic exhibition held in Palazzo Braschi in Rome « I Primi Francobolli a Roma », on 9-14 May 1978 -its organising committee was formed by distinguished philatelists such as G. Bizzarri, G. Craveri, Enzo Diena or R. Mondolfo-. This item is illustrated on page 167 (before it had been separated from the complete sheet) in one of the colour plates dedicated to « Rarità di Prima Grandezza » (rarities of the first degree). This block of 16 is located in the centre of the sheet, and is the only multiple available to show the crossing of the vertical and horizontal interpanneau (« interspazi di gruppo »), this being the most prestigious and valuable location in the sheet. (To be noted the single perforation in the interpanneau space between panes, in contrast to the other few multiples known which possess double perforation).

Réf catalogue: Sassone Sassone 23
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