Italian Levant airmail is regarded as a considerable rarity by many, with only five examples known. The stamp was issued in Constantinople for a planned flight from Bucharest to Paris. Because of the closure of all Foreign Post Offices within Turkey, the issue was aborted and nearly all examples of this stamp were destroyed and burnt. Italian Levant airmail was offered for $70,000 by Cherrystone at its auction that took place on March 20-21, 2018. This example with special “Servizio Postale Aereo” overprint featured a “large part original gum, excellent color, typical slight ageing”.
Thursday, January 28, 2021