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

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
188°
ogbl
Sale 957, Lot 188, Colombia 1859 First Issue1859, 20c Blue, Tete-Beche (6c). Stone A, Positions 1-4, 12-15, block of eight with top left corner sheet margins, containing the inverted transfer, Position 13, forming a tete-beche multiple with adjoining stamps, original gum, large margins all around, bright fresh color and paper, couple typical slight gum creases

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.

E. 75,000-100,000
95,000