Sale 957 — The Islander Collection of South America, including Brazil, Buenos Aires, Chile, Colombia and Peru
Sale Date — Thursday, 5 June, 2008
Category — Colombia 1859 First Issue
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED TETE-BECHE MULTIPLES OF THE 20-CENTAVOS AND THE SMALLER OF TWO BLOCKS CONTAINING THE INVERTED TRANSFER. TRULY ONE OF THE ARISTOCRATS OF SOUTH AMERICAN PHILATELY.
Illustrated on page 39 of Dieter Bortfeldt's Colombia Philatelic Handbook and Catalogue 1859-1860, which states, "It is said that only about 4 examples are known in mint and only one in used condition" (page 41).
Ex Crocker, Newbury, Neuberger and Londono.