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Lot #1159
RUSSIA
1856 (12 Dec) cover from St. Petersburg to Washington, DC, sent by Prussian Closed Mail, with "Franco" in manuscript at top, via Liverpool (the Cunard Steamer "America" left Liverpool on 3rd January for Boston), "Aachen Paid 25 Cts 1/1", Boston (21 Jan Paid) in red, docketing 25th January, 1857 arrival docketing, red wax seal on back just showing through, fine cover
Envelope
$150.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1160
RUSSIA
1857 10k brown & blue, unused horizontal pair, with original gum, hinge remnant, paper thickness 0.11 mm, colorless "1" watermark shifted to left, margins all around, light bend between stamps, full embossing and vivid colors, very fine. An unused Russia Number One single is a world-class rarity, of which only a few have been recorded. Outside of the Popov Museum in St. Petersburg, this is the only genuine unused pair of the first stamp of Russia in private hands. While "unused" examples have surfaced over the years, they have generally been determined to have been cleaned, have pen cancels removed, etc. It is a privilege to offer this remarkable unused pair of Russia Number One, with full original gum and to our knowledge, never before shown or offered for sale, accompanied by a 2022 Buchsbayew certificate. A wonderful treasure of Imperial Russian Philately (Scott Catalogue "Genuine unused examples of No.1 are exceedingly scarce. Most of those offered are used with pen cancellation removed. The unused value is for an example without gum. The very few known stamps with original gum sell for much more (catalogue value $125,000 as two singles without gum)
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Catalog #1
$130,000.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1161
RUSSIA
1858 10k brown and blue, thin paper, unused with full original gum, hinge remnant at top, incredibly fresh and beautiful colors, full embossing with intact perforations on all sides, looking as fresh as originally purchased at the post office. A rarity in unused condition, undercatalogued and seldom found without faults,
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Catalog #2
Catalog Value $14,000
$10,500.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1162
RUSSIA
1858 20k blue & orange, thin paper, unused, disturbed original gum, h.r. (the original old-style hinge still adhering), fresh, but with couple of perf. stains and imperceptible abrasion at bottom right, good embossing with intact perforations on all sides, fine stamp in spite of minor imperfections, rare unused with original gum,
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Catalog #3
Catalog Value $13,000
$2,300.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1163
RUSSIA
1858 20k green & violet, perforated trial color proof on watermarked paper, unused (gum not original), well centered, small flaws, fine appearance,
P
Catalog #3P
Catalog Value $1,000
$210.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1164
RUSSIA
1858 30k carmine and green, very thick paper, unused with full original gum, h.r. (the original old-style hinge still adhering), remarkably fresh and proof-like appearance, well centered for issue, full embossing with intact perforations on all sides, also as fresh as originally purchased at the post office. A rarity, especially in this pristine quality,
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Catalog #4
Catalog Value $18,500
$10,500.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1165
RUSSIA
1858-64 1k (2), 5k, 10k (2), 20k and 30k perf. 12 1/2, also 5k Local Post (2), h.r., mostly unused (regummed), still nice colors, fresh and fine,
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Catalog #5,7,8-11
Catalog Value $3,955
$450.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1166
RUSSIA
1858-64 Perf. 12 1/2, 3k black & green, horizontal pair, h.r., well centered, v.f., scarce multiple,
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Catalog #6
Catalog Value $2,200
$475.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1167
RUSSIA
1865 1k, 5k, 10k, 20k and 30k perf. 14 1/2 (unwatermarked), five different, 5k h.r., others unused (regummed), fresh colors and well centered, fine-v.f.
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Catalog #12,14-18
$600.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1168
RUSSIA
1865 20k blue & orange (unwatermarked), thick paper, l.h., post office fresh, beautiful stamp,
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Catalog #17
Catalog Value $2,750
$750.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1169
RUSSIA
1866-70 1k-30k selection of 49 unused singles (few pairs), good showing of different shades, 5k black & gray, 1k with strongly shifted groundwork, 10k with offset of center, 20k cross-shaped "T", 30k blurred background, part original gum, h.r., occasional minor flaws, mostly fine or better
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Catalog #19-30
$700.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1170
RUSSIA
1866-70 1k, 3k, 5k and 10k vertically laid paper, h.r., 5k unused (regummed and repaired), also additional examples of 1k, 3k and 5k, unused, last one defective, fine appearance, high catalogue value
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Catalog #19c-23a
$900.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1171
RUSSIA
1866-70 3k black & deep green, "V" in groundwork (error), h.r., small thins, well centered, fine appearance,
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Catalog #20d
Catalog Value $2,000
$290.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1172
RUSSIA
1866-70 5k (5) and 7k (3), total of eight different perforated trial color proofs on stamp paper, small part original gum, h.r., fresh and mostly fine
P
Catalog #22P,27P
$1,600.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1173
RUSSIA
1866-70 30k carmine & green, vertically laid paper, h.r., fresh and fine,
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Catalog #25a
Catalog Value $1,000
$240.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1174
RUSSIA
1875-82 2k black & red, 7k gray & rose, 8k gray & rose, each vertically laid paper, unused (regummed), first one with pressed-out creases and other minor faults, excellent colors and fine appearing examples of these rare stamps unused (catalogued as unused without gum)
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Catalog #26a, 27a, 28a
Catalog Value $2,475
$700.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1175
RUSSIA
1883-88 2k, 5k, 7k (2), 14k and 70k selection of six varieties, misperforated, paper-folds, shifted center, 5k with unpunched perf. disc creating a white space at bottom, uncommon
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Catalog #32/38var
$475.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1176
RUSSIA
1883-88 2k dark green, imperforate top sheet margin single, h.r. at top margin only, stamp n.h., v.f.,
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Catalog #32b
Catalog Value $1,100
$625.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1177
RUSSIA
1883-88 7k blue, imperforate sheet margin single, h.r., fine,
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Catalog #35a
Catalog Value $800
$300.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1178
RUSSIA
1889 1r light brown, brown & orange, horizontal pair, imperf. between, h.r., v.f.,
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Catalog #45a
Catalog Value $900
$290.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1179
RUSSIA
1889 1r light brown, brown & orange, horizontal pair, imperf. between, l.h., v.f.,
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Catalog #45a
Catalog Value $900
$400.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1180
RUSSIA
1889-92 1k orange, 5k red violet, 7k blue, imperforate plate proofs, first two on pelure paper, 5k on "government" paper (underprint in Cyrillic), last one on wove paper, fine
P
Catalog #46P,49P,50P
$375.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1181
RUSSIA
1889-92 2k green, imperforate horizontal pair, h.r., v.f., scarce,
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Catalog #47a
Catalog Value $1,600
$950.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1182
RUSSIA
1901-03 unissued designs, 2k (5), 3k (5), 5k (10), 7k (5), also 15k and 25k, for a total of 27 different, perforated plate proofs on wove stamp paper, variety of colors, many bicolor, fresh and v.f. An extraordinary assembly
P
$22,000.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1183
RUSSIA
1902-05 1k-1r selection on two album pages, with good showing of offsets, perforation shifts, 7k dark blue horizontal pair printed on gummed side only, 1k, 2k, 3k, 5k and 4k hand stamped "Specimen", plus others, fine-v.f., with some outstanding, if not unique varieties
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Catalog #55/68var
$2,300.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1184
RUSSIA
1902-05 1k orange, imperforate top sheet margin single, margin folded and hinged, stamp n.h., v.f.,
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Catalog #55a
Catalog Value $1,550
$650.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1185
RUSSIA
1902-05 2k green, double impression, horizontal pair, l.h. at left, right stamp n.h., v.f.,
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Catalog #56d
Catalog Value $825
$475.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1186
RUSSIA
1902-05 7k dark blue, imperforate bottom sheet corner margin single, l.h., v.f.,
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Catalog #59b
Catalog Value $675
$700.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1187
RUSSIA
1902-05 7k dark blue, imperforate horizontal bottom sheet margin pair, paper hinge remnant, natural gum crease, otherwise v.f.,
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Catalog #59b
Catalog Value $1,350
$475.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1188
RUSSIA
1902-05 7k dark blue, groundwork shifted to top, imperforate horizontal sheet margin pair, h.r., v.f.,
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Catalog #59b
Catalog Value $1,350
$525.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1189
RUSSIA
1902-05 7k dark blue, groundwork shifted, imperforate horizontal pair, h.r., v.f.,
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Catalog #59b
Catalog Value $1,350
$525.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1190
RUSSIA
1902-05 15k brown violet & blue, printed on gum only, horizontal pair, v.f.
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Catalog #62var
$400.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1191
RUSSIA
1902-05 1r light brown & orange, perf. 11 1/2, well centered, h.r., good colors, v.f., scarce and undercatalogued stamp,
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Catalog #68a
Catalog Value $700
$400.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1192
RUSSIA
1902-05 1r light brown & orange, perf. 13 1/2, red color (center and numeral) omitted, h.r., v.f., rare,
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Catalog #68e
Catalog Value $675
$1,200.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1193
RUSSIA
1902-05 1r light brown & orange, perf. 13 1/2, vertical pair imperf. between, also misperforated single and another variety imperf. at bottom, h.r., v.f. (catalogue value for vertical pair imperf. between only)
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Catalog #68g,68var
Catalog Value $900
$475.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1194
RUSSIA
1902-05 7r black & yellow, large sheet margin, variety imperf. at top, fine, scarce
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Catalog #70var
$1,200.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1195
RUSSIA
1903-06 Tsar Nicholas II, full face and profile facing right, two of each, perforated bi-colored essays (by Louis Eugene Mouchon) in various colors, value tablets blank, fresh and v.f., extremely rare
E
$6,750.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1196
RUSSIA
1903-06 Tsar Nicholas II, full face facing right, three different perforated essays (by Louis Eugene Mouchon) in brown, red and green, value tablets blank, fresh and v.f. (portrait of the Tsar was redrawn by Richard Zarrinch to give a more realistic image of the Tsar. Instead of the wavy horizontal lines, the portrait is made up of cross-hatching, with scroll frame showing minor variations of shading)
E
$3,750.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1197
RUSSIA
1903-06 Tsar Nicholas II, full face, 1r perforated plate essay (designed by Richard Zarrinch, Tsar in military uniform, laureated frame), six different colors, one with faint toning, otherwise fine-v.f.
E
$4,750.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1198
RUSSIA
1903-06 Tsar Nicholas II, full face, 1r imperforate plate essay (by Louis Eugene Mouchon), horizontal pairs in black and in violet blue, the latter on thin paper, v.f.
E
$2,800.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1199
RUSSIA
1903-06 Tsar Nicholas II, full face, die essay (by Louis Eugene Mouchon), nine different, including one bicolor, one frame only and one center only, various paper varieties and colors, v.f.
E
$9,000.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1200
RUSSIA
1906 Imperial Arms, 5r, selection of four die proofs in various colors, each center omitted, printed on white, chalky paper, fresh and v.f., extremely rare (Mandrovsky cat. $8,000)
P
Catalog #71P
$4,500.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1201
RUSSIA
1906 5r dark blue, green, perf. 11 1/2, h.r., v.f.,
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Catalog #71a
Catalog Value $500
$160.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1202
RUSSIA
1906 5r dark blue, green, perf. 13 1/2, bottom sheet corner margin horizontal pair, variety imperf. at bottom, l.h., fresh and v.f. A rare pair
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Catalog #71var
$950.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1203
RUSSIA
1909 1k (2), 5k (9) and 7k (12), total of 23 different imperf. die proofs, different colors, each with vertical lozenges of varnish on face, fresh and v.f., extremely rare (Mandrovsky cat. $46,000)
P
Catalog #73,77,78P
$16,500.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1204
RUSSIA
1909-12 1k (3), 5k (10), 7k (12) and 10k (1), selection of 26 perforated trial color proofs on thin wove paper, without varnish lozenges, an incredible assembly, mostly v.f. (Mandrovsky cat. $26,000)
P
Catalog #73,77,78,79P
$15,000.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1205
RUSSIA
1909-12 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k, 5k, 7k (2) and 10k die proofs in black, eight different including incomplete/unissued design of the 7k, each on thin or thick glazed card, v.f. (Mandrovsky cat. $16,000)
P
Catalog #73-79P
$7,500.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1206
RUSSIA
1909-12 proofs of postal stationery, 3k red, 7k blue, each double impression, also an additional die proof of 10k dark blue, die proof on glazed card, v.f.
P
$1,500.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1207
RUSSIA
1909-12 7k blue, light blue,10k blue, light blue, two different of each, die proofs on thin wove paper, without varnish lozenges, v.f., extremely rare, possibly unique
P
Catalog #78,79P
$2,600.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1208
RUSSIA
1909-12 7k light blue, Three Pearls, proof on thin wove paper, without varnish lozenges, horizontal pair, with margins at sides, unused without gum as issued, v.f., rare (Mandrovsky cat. $4,000)
P
Catalog #78P
$2,300.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1209
RUSSIA
1909-12 7k blue, Three Pearls, proof on wove paper, with varnish lozenges, two slightly different shades, horizontal pairs, each with margins at sides, unused without gum as issued, v.f., rare (Mandrovsky cat. $8,000)
P
Catalog #78P
$4,250.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1210
RUSSIA
1909-12 7k light blue, Three Pearls, proof on thin wove paper, without varnish lozenges, horizontal gutter tete-beche strip of four, with margins at sides, unused without gum as issued, v.f., rare (Mandrovsky cat. $8,000)
P
Catalog #78P
$5,250.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1211
RUSSIA
1909-12 7k light blue, horizontal pair, right stamp Type II (three pearls instead of four), n.h., se-tenant with Type I, h.r., fresh and v.f., incredibly rare Settings Error, only a few actual (aside of the proofs) examples recorded (YT 66a, €9,000)
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Catalog #78,78var
$5,750.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1212
RUSSIA
1909-12 10k light blue, horizontal pair, l.h. or h.r., v.f., rare
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Catalog #79a
$240.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1213
RUSSIA
1909-12 10k blue, 10k light blue, proofs on thin wove paper, without varnish lozenges, sheet margin horizontal pairs of each, unused without gum as issued, v.f., rare (Mandrovsky cat. $4,000)
P
Catalog #79P
$1,500.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1214
RUSSIA
1909-12 10k blue, proof on thin wove paper, with varnish lozenges, horizontal gutter tete-beche strip of four, with margins at sides, unused without gum as issued, v.f., rare (Mandrovsky cat. $8,000)
P
Catalog #79P
$4,750.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1215
RUSSIA
1909-12 15k light blue, perforated and gummed trial color proof, horizontal strip of five, middle stamp h.r., others n.h., v.f.
P
Catalog #81P
$525.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1216
RUSSIA
1913 Romanov Tercentenary, 1k-5r complete (less 3k), 16 different imperforate singles, each perforated with portions of "Obrazets" (Specimen) letter, h.r., 10k creased, otherwise v.f., extremely rare
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Catalog #88-104S
$3,000.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1217
RUSSIA
1913 Romanov Tercentenary, selection of perforation varieties, including shifts, double and errant perforations, also a striking 7k fold-over, plus others, including 15k with pre-print inclusion, etc., 26 different items, fine-v.f.
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Catalog #88/100var
$1,700.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1218
RUSSIA
1913 Romanov Tercentenary Proofs, collection of 140 different, with 1k (9 and 8 frame only, one center only, including 3 bicolor), 2k (2 and 5 frame only), 3k (2, 5 with center colored in, 4 frame only), 4k (4, 6 frame only, 1 center only), 7k (5 frame only, 1 center only), 10k (5 frame only, 2 center only), 14k (4, 8 frame only), 20k (3 and 7 frame only), 25k (8 and 6 frame only, including 1 bicolor), 35k (5 and 8 center colored in, including 2 bicolor), 50k (12 and 3 frame only, including 9 bicolor), 70k (8 frame only), 2r (5) and 5r (2), excellent variety of colors, different papers (thin and thick), couple of minor flaws possible, generally v.f. A splendid collection, offered for the first time in nearly 100 years
P
Catalog #88/104P
$60,000.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1219
RUSSIA
1913 1k orange, horizontal sheet margin pair, printed on both sides, including partly on margin, fresh and v.f.
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Catalog #88var
$260.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1220
RUSSIA
1913 3k blue, imperforate Essay showing profile of Alexander II, designed by Zarrinch, v.f., extremely rare
E
$1,500.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1221
RUSSIA
1913 3k rose red, double impression, one inverted, 7k brown, imperforate single (faint crease), also another, with double impression, l.h. or h.r.,
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Catalog #90b,92a,92b
Catalog Value $1,700
$525.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1222
RUSSIA
1913 15k brown, thin (ordinary) paper variety, horizontal pair, also imperforate proof, pair on bluish paper, fine and unusual
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Catalog #95var
$240.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1223
RUSSIA
1913 Alexander I, 20k red orange, proof of frame only, cut to shape, v.f.
P
Catalog #96P
$210.00
Bidding Closed
Lot #1224
RUSSIA
1936 Pioneers Issue, 2k green and 5k violet, perf. 14, unissued values, first one with "1" and second with "3" inserted by pen over the printed denominations (1k green and 3k violet were the issued values), both n.h., v.f., extremely rare
P
Catalog #584P, 586P
$2,900.00
Bidding Closed

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