China

China, Large Dragon (Cover) : 1879 (27 Nov.)

China
Envelope to "William Hancock I.M. Customs, Shanghai" showing "Customs/Tamsuy" double-ring origin d.s. of "Nov 27 79" ("27" inverted) in red, "Customs/Amoy" double-ring transit d.s. of "Nov 29 79" in red on reverse, and bearing Large Dragons 1878 thin paper 3ca. brown-red, rough perfs., with sheet margin at right, cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Dec 2 79", with a matching strike on reverse, envelope opened out for display, slight peripheral ageing at left, very fine and a great rarity. Chan 2. Sold for HK$2,875,000 By InterAsia Auctions Sale 55 Asian Stamps & Postal History Lot 347 on June 26-29, 2016  

China Large Dragon

China
Municipal Posts, Shanghai, Large Dragons Printing 37: 3ca. terracotta on laid paper used with a very faint strike of the large belt buckle cancellation type SPL-4 in red; small margins, just cut into top left corner and some splitting of the paper along the internal horizontal frame lines (which were heavily impressed into the paper). A very good example of this rare stamp, only five or six used examples were previously recorded. Photo. Colonel Valentine Burkhardt collection Sold for HK$95,000 By Spink Auction: 13009 - Fine Stamps and Covers of China and Hong Kong Lot 2004 on January  13,2013

1912 “Provisional Neutrality” overprints

China
1912 "Provisional Neutrality" overprints for use in Foochow 3c. blue-green, double pane of fifty with selvedge all round, containing two interpanneau panes of twenty-five, very fresh mint unmounted, two vertical rows of stamps have gum creases, very rare complete sheet. Chan 140. Sold for HK$200,000 By Spink CSS18 The Philatelic Collector's Series Sale Lot: 311 on June 14, 2016