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Sale 1198 — The Dimitris Bertsimas Collection of Important Great Britain Stamps and Multiples

Sale Date — Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Category — Line Engraved Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3001°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3001, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Red Brown, Printed From "Black Plate" (SG Specialised AS69; SG 7; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Red Brown, Printed From "Black Plate" (SG Specialised AS69; SG 7; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Red Brown, Printed From "Black Plate" (SG Specialised AS69; SG 7; Scott 3 var). Top left plate no. 10 corner sheet margin block of eight, state 1, lettered A-A to B-D, with part inscription "PRICE 1d Per Label. 1/- Per Row of 12. £1...Per Sheet. Place the" along top margin, large part original gum, intense shade and razor-sharp impression, light marginal paper crease just affecting position 1

EXTREMELY FINE AND STUNNING SHOWPIECE. A REMARKABLE PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE ONE-PENNY RED BROWN PRINTED FROM THE "BLACK PLATES".

Blocks from the "Black Plates" are quite elusive, but do exist. Plate number blocks, on the other hand, are major rarities, especially in such choice condition.

Ex Baillie. With 1980 B.P.A. certificate. SG simply as two blocks of four with no premium as a plate block £33,000

E. 15,000-20,000
16,500
3002°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3002, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1847, 1p Red Brown (SG Specialised BS28; SG 8; Scott 3), GREAT BRITAIN, 1847, 1p Red Brown (SG Specialised BS28; SG 8; Scott 3)GREAT BRITAIN, 1847, 1p Red Brown (SG Specialised BS28; SG 8; Scott 3). Block of 30 with sheet margin at left and inscription "PRICE 1d Per Label. 1/- Per Row of 12. £1...Per Sheet.", die 1, Plate 74, lettered M-A to Q-F, original gum, couple h.r.'s, margins mostly large to just touching along right side, rich color, variously creased and a few small faults as to be expected with a multiple of this size

FINE-VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE SIZED MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-PENNY RED BROWN FROM PLATE 74. THERE ARE VERY FEW MULTIPLES LARGER THAN THE BLOCK OFFERED HERE.

According to records, Plate 74 was registered on Jan. 14, 1847. Ex Baillie.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,000
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3003°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3003, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1847, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS29 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1847, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS29 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1847, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS29 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 82, lettered A-C, sheet margin at top with part inscription "(o)f 12. £1... Per S(heet)", other margins ample, bold color, crease in sheet margin as usual, Very Fine, ex Fisher, "Tes" and Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
475
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3004°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3004, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS30 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS30 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS30 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 89, lettered I-L, sheet margin at right with part inscription "(t)he Labels ABOVE the", other margins large, rich color, Very Fine and choice, ex Alcock and Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
475
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3005, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS31 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS31 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS31 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 92, lettered A-C, sheet margin at top with part inscription "(o)f 12. £1... Per S(heet)", other margins large to ample, crease in margin as usual, Very Fine, ex "Tes" and Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
475
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3006, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS31 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS31 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS31 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 101, lettered A-D, sheet margin at top with part inscription "(S)heet. Place the", other margins full, crease in sheet margin as usual, Very Fine, ex "Tes" and Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
475
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3007°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3007, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1850, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS32 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1850, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS32 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1850, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS32 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 105, lettered A-C, sheet margin at top with part inscription "of 12. £1... Per", other margins large to clear, crease in margin as usual, Very Fine, ex "Tes" and Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
450
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3008°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3008, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1850, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS32 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1850, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS32 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1850, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised BS32 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 117, lettered A-C, sheet margin at top with part inscription "(o)f 12. £1... Per S(heet)", other margins large to ample, excellent color, Very Fine, ex "Tes" and Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
550
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3009°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3009, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 150, lettered A-E, sheet margin at top with part inscription "Labels ABOVE the", other margins large, crease in margin as usual, Very Fine and choice, ex Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
500
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3010°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3010, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 188, lettered A-F, sheet margin at top with part inscription "(A)ddress and towa(rds)", other margins large, crease in margin as usual, Very Fine and choice, ex Fisher, "Tes" and Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
475
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3011, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1852, 1p Red Brown, Imprimatur (SG Specialised B2 var; SG 8 var; Scott 3 var). Plate 202, lettered A-H, sheet margin at top with part inscription "(H)AND SIDE of the", other margins large, crease in margin as usual, Very Fine and choice, ex "Tes" and Baillie, SG £1,350

E. 500-750
550
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3012°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3012, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 1p Red Brown on Blued Paper (SG Specialised C2(1); SG 22; Scott 11), GREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 1p Red Brown on Blued Paper (SG Specialised C2(1); SG 22; Scott 11)GREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 1p Red Brown on Blued Paper (SG Specialised C2(1); SG 22; Scott 11). Block of four with part imprint "Letters. In Wetting the Back be ca(reful)" selvage at top, die 1, alphabet II, lettered A-I to B-J, original gum, bold color, minor adhesion on gum in top selvage, Fine-Very Fine, a rare multiple, ex Baillie, SG £5,000

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3013, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 1p Red Brown, Imperforate from the Experimental Neale's Steam Press (SG Specialised C8(1)h; SG 29a; Scott 16c), GREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 1p Red Brown, Imperforate from the Experimental Neale's Steam Press (SG Specialised C8(1)h; SG 29a; Scott 16c)GREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 1p Red Brown, Imperforate from the Experimental Neale's Steam Press (SG Specialised C8(1)h; SG 29a; Scott 16c). Block of eighteen with sheet margin at right, Plate 22, lettered H-J to M-L, without gum as issued, margin with complete ornament and inscription "Per Sheet. Place the Labels ABOVE the Address and towards the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the Letter. In Wetting the", other margins large to full, wonderfully rich color, some light creasing mostly between rows including slight hinge reinforcement by ornament

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE MULTIPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-PENNY FROM PLATE 22, USING THE EXPERIMENTAL NEALE'S STEAM PRESS. ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN BLOCKS FROM THE ONE SHEET DISCOVERED.

Reports show that Plate 22 was put to press on Aug. 1, 1855, using the experimental Neale's Steam Press. The same occurred for Plate 25 at a slightly later date. The Neale's Press was a revolutionary machine that automated plate inking, wiping, polishing and paper feeding at a greater speed than before.

It is believed that one sheet each from both Plate 22 and 25 were discovered around 1960 and ultimately cut up to feed collector demand. It is presumed that the remaining 2,000 sheets printed from Plate 22 using this process were destroyed.

Ex Baillie. With 1993 Holcombe certificate. SG as singles with no premium for the position block £72,000

E. 30,000-40,000
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3014, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 2p Pale Blue (SG Specialised ES13; SG 13; Scott 4a), GREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 2p Pale Blue (SG Specialised ES13; SG 13; Scott 4a)GREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 2p Pale Blue (SG Specialised ES13; SG 13; Scott 4a). Block of 36, Plate 4, lettered L-D to O-L, original gum, couple h.r.'s, mostly large margins to touching in a few places at left and right, bright color, few creases and small faults such as light thin, small scissor cut at bottom and some gum staining, which should be expected on an early multiple of this size

FINE-VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 1849 2-PENCE PALE BLUE FROM PLATE 4. THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Blocks of this issue in any size are rare, as evidenced by the large difference in the SG Specialised catalogue value for a block versus four singles. A review of major Great Britain collections containing early Line-Engraved multiples located blocks of four, six or even nine, but nothing of the magnitude of this block for any of the plates used for the White Lines Added issue.

Ex Adams, Griffiths and Baillie. SG as eight blocks of four and two pairs of the cheapest shade (Blue) is £436,000.

E. 75,000-100,000
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3015, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 2p Blue (SG Specialised ES14; SG 14; Scott 4), GREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 2p Blue (SG Specialised ES14; SG 14; Scott 4)GREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 2p Blue (SG Specialised ES14; SG 14; Scott 4). Plate 4, lettered R-L, original gum, lightly hinged, full margins all around, intense shade and impression

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1841 2-PENCE FROM PLATE 4.

Ex Baillie. With 1983 B.P.A. certificate. SG £6,250. Scott $4,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3016, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 2p Blue (SG Specialised F6(1); SG 34; Scott 17), GREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 2p Blue (SG Specialised F6(1); SG 34; Scott 17)GREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 2p Blue (SG Specialised F6(1); SG 34; Scott 17). Block of 30 with selvage at right and inscription "to remove the Cement.", Plate 5, lettered O-G to S-L, original gum, most stamps appear Mint N.H. with the exception of a couple h.r.'s at top, particularly fresh color on bright paper, the block also contains three constant varieties, P-K with "Double letter" [SG Spec. F6(1)e], P-J with dented frame above "P" [SG Spec. F6(1)f] and R-G and S-G showing colored roller flaw on "W" of "TWO" [listed as a footnote below F6(1)], small perf flaw on position S-G and couple minute toned spots

VERY FINE AND STUNNING MULTIPLE OF THE 2-PENCE PERFORATED 14 FROM PLATE 5. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE ISSUE AND AN IMPORTANT PIECE FOR ANY LINE-ENGRAVED COLLECTOR OR EXHIBITOR.

Ex Fraser and Baillie. With 1983 B.P.A. certificate (not noting any faults). SG as six hinged blocks of four and six hinged singles £111,000, which only hints at the spectacularly rare nature of this multiple.

E. 50,000-60,000
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3017°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3017, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Rose Red and Lake Red, Imprimaturs (SG Specialised G1 Imprimatur; SG 43P-44P; Scott 33P), GREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Rose Red and Lake Red, Imprimaturs (SG Specialised G1 Imprimatur; SG 43P-44P; Scott 33P)GREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Rose Red and Lake Red, Imprimaturs (SG Specialised G1 Imprimatur; SG 43P-44P; Scott 33P). 119 different plate numbers of the 150 that exist as imprimaturs, neatly mounted on hingeless album pages, each with sheet margin at either left or right (lettered B-A or B-L), nearly all with large to ample margins on other sides, some with light pencil notations in margin, incredibly fresh color overall

EXTREMELY FINE. AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE ASSEMBLAGE OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1864 ONE-PENNY RED. THIS COLLECTION ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY 80% OF THE PLATE POSITIONS -- EACH AS A GEM SINGLE WITH SHEET-MARGIN. WITHOUT QUESTION THIS COLLECTION WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO REPLICATE.

Imprimaturs from Plates 71-225 are known with the exception of 75, 77, 126, 128 and 158. Ex Gross. SG £50,575.

E. 30,000-40,000
25,000
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3018, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Lake Red (SG Specialised G1(2); SG 44; Scott 33b), GREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Lake Red (SG Specialised G1(2); SG 44; Scott 33b)GREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Lake Red (SG Specialised G1(2); SG 44; Scott 33b). Top right plate no. 146 corner selvage block of six, lettered A-J to B-L, with part inscription "the Back be careful not to remove the Cement." along top, original gum, lightly hinged (couple stamps possibly Mint N.H.), bold color, gum creasing mostly in selvage, Very Fine and collectible plate block, ex Baillie

E. 400-500
600
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3019, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Lake Red, Imperforate on Dr. Perkins Blued Paper (SG Specialised G1(2)i; SG 44a; Scott 33c var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Lake Red, Imperforate on Dr. Perkins Blued Paper (SG Specialised G1(2)i; SG 44a; Scott 33c var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Lake Red, Imperforate on Dr. Perkins Blued Paper (SG Specialised G1(2)i; SG 44a; Scott 33c var). Block of four, Plate 121, lettered Q-E to R-F, original gum, top pair lightly hinged, bottom pair Mint N.H., large to ample margins all around, wonderful depth of color with sharp impression, light gum creases

FINE-VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE MULTIPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-PENNY FROM PLATE 121 ON DR. PERKINS BLUED PAPER.

This trial paper supplied by Dr. Perkins was chemically treated, causing the slightly blued hue, in order to prevent the removal of cancels. A few sheets were used to print the 1p Lake Red from Plate 121, 2p Blue from Plates 9 and 13 and the 1-1/2p Lake Red from Plate 1. Multiples of any size are seldom encountered.

Ex Baillie. With 1983 R.P.S. certificate. SG as singles £26,000.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,250
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3020, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1858, 2p Blue (SG Specialised G2; SG 45; Scott 29), GREAT BRITAIN, 1858, 2p Blue (SG Specialised G2; SG 45; Scott 29)GREAT BRITAIN, 1858, 2p Blue (SG Specialised G2; SG 45; Scott 29). Top left plate no. 9 corner selvage block of 24, watermark Ty. II, lettered A-A to D-F, with part inscription "PRICE 2d. Per Label. 2/- Per Row of 12. £1...Per Sheet. Place the Labels ABOVE the Address and towa(rds)" along top, most stamps appear Mint N.H. with the exception of three stamps at bottom lightly hinged, position D-C with small thin, some minor gum bends mostly in selvage

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL SHOWPIECE BLOCK OF 24 OF THE 2-PENCE FROM PLATE 9. RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN A MULTIPLE OF THIS SIZE.

It is interesting to note the selvage inscription of this block for a price of the sheet versus the 1p stamp. The traditional form of currency was 12p per shilling and 20sh per pound, making 240 pence per pound. Sheet inscriptions on the 1p state a sheet cost £1 which is 240 stamps. On the 2p, which is shown here, a sheet costs £1 as well, which is 120 stamps. Therefore, the sheets were printed in the 240 stamp format and cut into two panes prior to having been sold at the post office.

Ex Baillie.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,250
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3021, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1869, 2p Deep Blue (SG Specialised G3(2); SG 47; Scott 30), GREAT BRITAIN, 1869, 2p Deep Blue (SG Specialised G3(2); SG 47; Scott 30)GREAT BRITAIN, 1869, 2p Deep Blue (SG Specialised G3(2); SG 47; Scott 30). Bottom right plate no. 15 corner selvage block of fifteen with current no. 227, lettered R-H to T-L, with part inscription "(H)AND SIDE of the Letter. In Wetting the Back be careful not to remove the Cement." along bottom, original gum, top row with a couple h.r.'s, bottom two rows appear Mint N.H., deep rich color

VERY FINE AND HANDSOME PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 2-PENCE DEEP BLUE FROM PLATE 15. A VISUALLY STRIKING LINE-ENGRAVED MULTIPLE.

Ex Baillie.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,750
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3022, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1870, -1/2p Rose, Imperforate One Side (With Selvage) (SG Specialised G4(2)g; SG 48; Scott 58), GREAT BRITAIN, 1870, -1/2p Rose, Imperforate One Side (With Selvage) (SG Specialised G4(2)g; SG 48; Scott 58)GREAT BRITAIN, 1870, -1/2p Rose, Imperforate One Side (With Selvage) (SG Specialised G4(2)g; SG 48; Scott 58). Block of 84, lettered N-M to T-X, imperforate between right vertical column and sheet margin which also contains part of the inscription, Mint N.H. with the exception of some paper adhesion on O-X and h.r. on T-X, remarkably fresh color

VERY FINE. A RARE LARGE-SIZED MULTIPLE OF THE HALF-PENNY ROSE, ADDITIONALLY WITH THE IMPERFORATE BETWEEN STAMP AND MARGIN AT RIGHT, IN A PERFECT STATE OF PRESERVATION.

Ex Baillie. With 1982 B.P.A. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,750
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3023, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1860, 1-1/2p Rosy Mauve on Blued Paper, Prepared for Use but Unissued (SG Specialised G5; SG 53a; Scott 31), GREAT BRITAIN, 1860, 1-1/2p Rosy Mauve on Blued Paper, Prepared for Use but Unissued (SG Specialised G5; SG 53a; Scott 31)GREAT BRITAIN, 1860, 1-1/2p Rosy Mauve on Blued Paper, Prepared for Use but Unissued (SG Specialised G5; SG 53a; Scott 31). Block of six, lettered L-G to M-I, original gum, two h.r., three lightly hinged and bottom left stamp Mint N.H., phenomenal depth of color on fresh paper

VERY FINE BLOCK OF THE UNISSUED 1860 1-1/2-PENNY ROSY MAUVE. AN IMMENSE RARITY OF THE LINE-ENGRAVED PERIOD AND THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE IN PRIVATE HANDS.

This stamp was printed and prepared for use in 1860 in anticipation of a change in postal rates. Changes did not come to fruition, but some 10,000 sheets were already printed. Most of the supply was destroyed and it is unknown how or why unused examples managed to get out with three or four even postally used. Postal changes did occur about a decade later in 1870, whereby SG Nos. 51/52 were issued using the same plates.

A block of six is the largest recorded multiple known in private hands. We are aware of only two other blocks of six - D-J to E-L (ex Beresford) and R-F to S-H. It goes without saying that multiples of any size are extraordinarily rare.

Ex Adams and Baillie. With 2005 B.P.A. certificate. Catalogued simply as hinged singles. SG £51,000. Scott $52,500.00.

E. 30,000-40,000
24,000
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3024, Line Engraved IssuesGREAT BRITAIN, 1870, 1-1/2p Rose Red, Error of Lettering OP-PC for CP-PC (SG Specialised G6(1)c; SG 53; Scott 32d), GREAT BRITAIN, 1870, 1-1/2p Rose Red, Error of Lettering OP-PC for CP-PC (SG Specialised G6(1)c; SG 53; Scott 32d)GREAT BRITAIN, 1870, 1-1/2p Rose Red, Error of Lettering OP-PC for CP-PC (SG Specialised G6(1)c; SG 53; Scott 32d). Plate 1, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich shade, typical centering for this issue, barely perceptible trace of toning at top center

FINE AND IMMENSELY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE OP-PC FOR CP-PC ERROR OF LETTERING. ONE OF THE SMALL HANDFUL OF ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.

This is the most significant and visually constant error of Great Britain Queen Victoria stamps. This error occurred on all printings from Plate 1. Remarkably, the error went unnoticed during the four years of printing runs. In 1894 it was mentioned in an American journal, 24 years after release.

Ex Seymour and Baillie. With 1989 R.P.S. certificate. SG £30,000. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
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