Rare Stamps & Postal History of the World
February 7-8, 2023

Welcome to our February 7-8, 2023 Sale of Rare Stamps and Postal History of the World, which will take place at our Teaneck, N.J. Galleries and over the internet via CherrystoneLIVE. This 1,366 lot sale features better United States, with quality material assembled by a Japanese gentleman. Foreign countries include Albania, with 1913 Double Eagle handstamps, Austria, France and Colonies, Germany with a selection of WWII Occupation Issues, Great Britain and British Commonwealth with Australia, BNA, New Zealand, British Asia and Africa. There are rarities from Iran, including postal history, Italy and Italian Colonies, a collection of hand-painted Karl Lewis covers and more. The auction concludes with over two hundred Large Lots and Collections, ranging from single country albums and specialized collections, to multi-carton worldwide groups and large cover lots offered intact.

ImagesDescriptionCurrent Bid
Lot #1872
ITALY ITALIAN LEVANT Air Post
1922 15 PIASTRE on Expresso 25c rose, overprinted "SERVIZIO POSTALE AEREO / PIASTRE 15" in thin black font, unused, centered to lower left, large part original gum, excellent color, typical slight ageing (mentioned for accuracy only), fine. Sassone states that only five (!) examples are recorded (one of which is housed in the British Library collection, ex Fitzgerald). Certainly a major rarity of Aero-Philately and the rarest stamp of the Italian collecting area, signed Sanabria, Diena, Bolaffi and Colla, with 1966 Giulio Bolaffi and 2007 Giorgio Colla certificates. This stamp was prepared in Constantinople for the planned CIDNA flight from Bucharest to Paris. Due to pressure from the French Embassy in Constantinople and the Lausanne Conference calling for the closure of all Foreign Post Offices within Turkey, the issue was aborted and nearly all examples of this stamp were destroyed and burnt (In 1924, the fourth edition of Champion Air Mail Stamp Catalog reports on page 295 - one air mail stamp was prepared in 1922 by Italian Post Office in Constantinople. This special stamp was designated for air mails to be used for the French air line BucharestParis. At the last moment, the headquarters of the Ottoman Post Office denied the authorization to establish a regular foreign air line on its own territory. The Italian stamp was not issued and we think that all were burned). A March 2015 article by N. L. Cipriani and C. E. Manzati published in the Collectors Club Philatelist showed 10 examples of this stamp from collections/auction catalogues assembled by Messrs. Piermattei and Naddei. The stamp offered above is illustration No.4 in their article,
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Catalog #Sass.1
Catalog Value €320,000
Price Realized
$72,500.00

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