FINE-VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 1849 2-PENCE PALE BLUE FROM PLATE 4. THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE IN PRIVATE HANDS.
Blocks of this issue in any size are rare, as evidenced by the large difference in the SG Specialised catalogue value for a block versus four singles. A review of major Great Britain collections containing early Line-Engraved multiples located blocks of four, six or even nine, but nothing of the magnitude of this block for any of the plates used for the White Lines Added issue.
Ex Adams, Griffiths and Baillie. SG as eight blocks of four and two pairs of the cheapest shade (Blue) is £436,000.