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FILTER: Sale=957, Lot#=173, For all Sale Dates
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Colombia
2008-06-05
The Islander Collection of South America
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Sale 957, Lot 173, Colombia 1859 First Issue1859, 5c Blue Violet (3c). Vertical block of ten from Stone A (First Stone), original gum, sheet margins at top and bottom, large to clear at sides, distinctive shade -- not a Reddish Violet but clearly the Blue Violet associated with the Stone A printings -- slight lightning-shaped creasing attributable to gum, two bottom stamps have small thins

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLE FROM STONE A, WHICH IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE THIS WAS THE FIRST STONE USED TO PRINT THE 5-CENTAVOS FIRST ISSUE AND UNUSED EXAMPLES FROM STONE A ARE RARE IN ANY FORM. THIS REMARKABLE BLOCK WAS VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN TO SPECIALISTS UNTIL IT EMERGED IN EUROPE IN 1980. ONE OF THE GREAT ITEMS OF COLOMBIA AND OF SOUTH AMERICAN PHILATELY IN GENERAL.

The Bortfeldt handbook (page 27) illustrates the Stone A used block of ten offered in the following lot (same positions) and alludes to the block offered here: "It is said, but not confirmed, that a similar strip [ block] exists in mint condition."

E. 20,000-30,000
26,000
FILTER: Sale=957, Lot#=173, For all Sale Dates

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