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Auction: CSS37 - Fine Stamps and Covers of China and Hong Kong
Lot: 1524

Large Dragons
1883 Thicker Paper, Clean Cut Perforations
3ca. dark vermilion, variety imperforate between vertical pair [24/14] from an unknown setting and cancelled by a central strike of an indistinct seal cancellation in black; there is a light fold in the margin between the stamps.

This is one of the most important varieties of the Large Dragon issue with only three verified pairs known (a fourth pair has been reported). These examples originate from two different sheets. S.G. 8d, £150,000. Photo

Sir Percival David, October 1970

Beckerman Collection, November 1996,

Huang Ming Fang, June 2003

The other examples are
[15/10] from setting XII, Warren Kauder and Meiso Mizuhara collections

From an unknown setting (as above)

[26/8?] Ferrari, Hind and James Starr collection (this pair is defective at top)

1883厚紙光齒大龍票; 三分銀, 深朱紅色, 直雙連中縫漏齒變體舊票[24/14], 版式不明, 銷較模糊的居中黑色戳; 在兩票與邊紙之間有輕微摺痕. 目前存世只有三對中縫漏齒變體票(第四對新近被發現), 而這些變體票均來自兩張全版票. S.G. 8d, 150,000. 英鎊._x000D_ _x000D_ 源流: 1970年10月Sir Percival David, 1996年11月Beckerman Collection, 2003年6月黃明芳; 其餘記錄: Warren Kauder 藏集, [15/10]版式第十二; 水原明窗藏集, 版式不明(即上項拍品); Hind and James Starr 藏集, [26/8?](這對票上部有缺陷)

HK$900,000 to HK$1,000,000