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2019-03-19
The Dimitris Bertsimas Collection of Important Great Britain Stamps and Multiples
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3056, Surface Printed Issues, 1855-80GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1sh Orange Brown (SG Specialised J117; SG 163; Scott 87), GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1sh Orange Brown (SG Specialised J117; SG 163; Scott 87)GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1sh Orange Brown (SG Specialised J117; SG 163; Scott 87). Block of 20, Plate 14, lettered A-A to E-D, original gum, few h.r.'s though ten stamps appear Mint N.H., warm shade, pulled perf at top affecting A-A and A-B, E-A with small thin spot

A VERY FINE AND EXTRAORDINARILY LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-SHILLING ORANGE BROWN FROM PLATE 14. THIS IS THOUGHT TO BE THE LARGEST MULTIPLE KNOWN IN PRIVATE HANDS.

This block is equal to £1 of unused postage, a hefty sum at the time. When adjusting for inflation and purchasing power, this represents about £100 of unused postage left by the wayside. As evidenced by the increase in catalogue value between four singles and a block of four in SG Specialised -- £2,700 as singles and £4,000 as a block -- one can only imagine what the premium is for a multiple of this magnitude. There is one larger multiple known, a block of 20 (ex Phillips) that has since been institutionalized.

Ex Latto and Baillie. SG as four blocks and four singles £18,700.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,250
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