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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 3067, De La Rue High ValuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1882, £1 Brown Lilac on Blued Paper (SG Specialised J127; SG 132; Scott 92), GREAT BRITAIN, 1882, £1 Brown Lilac on Blued Paper (SG Specialised J127; SG 132; Scott 92)GREAT BRITAIN, 1882, £1 Brown Lilac on Blued Paper (SG Specialised J127; SG 132; Scott 92). Plate 1, lettered E-F, original gum, minor h.r., perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, incredibly rich color on slightly blued paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN IMPECCABLE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1882 ONE-POUND BROWN LILAC ON BLUED PAPER. A MONUMENTAL RARITY AND ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DIMITRIS BERTSIMAS COLLECTION OF GREAT BRITAIN. WITHOUT QUESTION, THE FINEST EXAMPLE KNOWN -- COMBINING CENTERING, COLOR AND OVERALL FRESHNESS.

Three fundamental circumstances explain the great rarity of original-gum examples of Great Britain’s classic high-denomination stamps. First, there was an underlying lack of postal necessity, since Parcel Post service was not available until 1883; therefore, the high values were generally used as postage due stamps on letter bill dockets. Second, large denominations were only circulated to post offices in major cities. Third, stamp collecting was just beginning to gain popularity, and few collectors or dealers had the means to invest heavily in the higher denominations -- a sterling pound was a significant sum of money to spend on one stamp.

Our exhaustive search of famous name auction sales spanning decades reveals few unused examples in any condition. In total, it is believed that no more than 20-30 examples exist in original-gum condition. Very few are completely sound and well-centered. In fact, we could not locate another stamp of the quality of the example offered here.

Ex Gross. With 1994 B.P.A. certificate. SG £175,000. Scott $155,000.00.

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2017-11-15
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
 
Sale Number 1170, Lot Number 4020, Great BritainGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, £1 Brown Lilac on Bluish (92; SG 132), GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, £1 Brown Lilac on Bluish (92; SG 132)GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, £1 Brown Lilac on Bluish (92; SG 132). Plate 1, lettered G-E, well-centered, neatly struck "Birmingham, Telegraph Office AU 8 83" circular datestamp and boxed handstamp, faint trace of a crease and small perf repair at bottom left, Very Fine appearance, a rare and handsome high value, signed Kohler and with 2003 Dr. Knopke certificate (not mentioning faults), SG £10,000

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