China, 1897 Red Revenue small figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, a superlative example, bright exquisite colour on wonderfully fresh white paper, centred within good to large margins, unused with much original gum, small hinge remainder, very fine and a peerless example of this legendary world rarity. Chan 86. Estimate HK$ 4,000,000 - 5,000,000 Provenance: Eugene Klein, 7.7.1944, lot 366 (pair)Saul Newbury, Robert A. Siegel (New York), 6.2.1962, lot 418. This is the left stamp of a horizontal pair, which was later split into two singles."Twyste", Spink (Hong Kong), 20.11.2005, lot 1081. References: Huang Kuang-Sheng, A Treatise on the Extant Copies of the Small One Dollar with Illustrations (Philippines, 1975). This is listed as example number A-7 of the 32 extant Small One Dollar. The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I (Taipei: Directorate General of Posts of Taiwan, 1987), p. 39. It is listed as type III, number 10. ONLY 32 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED OF THIS ICONIC STAMP, WHICH IS ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE RAREST REGULARLY ISSUED STAMP OF CHINA, AND RANKS AMONG THE GREAT WORLD RARITIES. This is type A with the "1 Dollar" of the surcharge partly covering the word "Revenue". The type A and B ("1 dollar" completely covering the word "Revenue") stamps all come from a right surcharge plate of twenty-five. The type C ("1 dollar" above the word "Revenue") comes from the other surcharge plate.
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