U.S. and Worldwide Stamps & Postal History; July 15, 2015: The Confino Collection of United States
July 8-9, 2015

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Lot #489
BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AUSTRALIA Air Post
1919 First Aerial Post England-Australia, the so-called Ross-Smith vignette in dark blue, sheetlet with margins all around, never hinged and post office fresh, absolutely pristine white gum, undoubtedly the finest possible condition of this difficult sheetlet. According to Eustis, 576 examples of the vignette were printed, of these 125 were destroyed and another 364 were used on mail; of the remaining 87 mint examples about 20 had their margins removed in anticipation of being used on mails and a further 25 (ca) are held in institutional collections around the world, leaving only 42 or so sheetlets available to private collectors
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Catalog #YT 1
Price Realized
$11,000.00

Lot #490
BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AUSTRALIA Air Post
1919 First Aerial Post England-Australia, the so-called Ross-Smith vignette in dark blue, sheetlet with margins all around, l.h., v.f., couple of tiny natural inclusions, signed Kessler, with other handstamped guarantee marks and pencil signed. The Ross Smith vignette was designed to go on mail flown by Ross Smith and his brother Keith in their award winning first flight from England to Australia. A prize of £10,000 was offered by the Australian government for the first aviator to do so. The flight left England on 12 November 1919 and took 28 days to reach Australia
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Catalog #YT 1
Price Realized
$8,000.00

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