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1840 One Penny Black

PLATE 1a IMPRIMATUR
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1 P image SH, Plate 1a, imprimatur, from the first registration sheet before hardening, strong color and a detailed impression, large to very large margins all around, very fine; a choice example of this rare imprimatur; 1969 RPS certificate; ex-Tes. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $32,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 1a STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2 ng image EE-EF, Plate 1a, handsome unused horizontal pair from this especially scarce plate, intense color on bright fresh paper, four ample to full margins, a fine pair for exhibition; any unused multiple from Plate 1a is extremely elusive; ex-Cooley. (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

SOLD for $11,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
3 og imageTA-TD, Plate 1a, the magnificent unused horizontal strip of four from the bottom left corner of the sheet showing plate number "1" and part inscription "Price 1d. Per Label. 1/- per Row of 12. £ 1.. Per Sheet. Place the", deep rich color, only just beginning to show signs of plate wear above value tablets, exceptionally large margins all round, including huge and complete sheet margins at left and at bottom, small part original gum, TA has small thin spot and TD has crease at top right resulting in some splitting as well as a thin, overall in a fine state of conservation for this important and famous plate number piece; ex-Seymour, Pichai. (Image) Est. $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $130,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 1a COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
4 c image BF, Plate 1a, an exceptionally well margined single tied to 1840 (May 6) folded letter from London to Paisley by two strikes of red Maltese Cross cancels, dated in manuscript on reverse "London 6 May 1840" which is over struck by clear "B/My-6/1840" London cancel, accompanying 1995 BPA certificate states "...genuine, address partially restored and soiling along vertical crease reduced..." which, in our opinion, is negligible and professionally done, overall a very fine example of the extremely rare and highly sought after first official day of use of the world's first postage stamp; ex-Cooley. (Image) Est. $30,000-40,000

SOLD for $80,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
5 c imageOA-QB, Plate 1a, an extraordinary block of six (2 x 3), with large margins at top and bottom and just clear or slightly touching at sides, positions OA and PB showing re-entries, on an especially clean and slightly larger entire addressed to Manchester, tied by fine light strikes of orange red Maltese Cross cancels, with matching clear "Chester/My 7, 1840" second day of use double arc datestamp on reverse, block has been lifted, ironed and neatly replaced on the cover, removal of wax seals on reverse impinges "C" of "Chester" datestamp, overall a spectacular combination of an impressive multiple on an early May date entire, being the second day of issue; a marvelous exhibition item; signed Enzo Diena and accompanied by a 1974 RPS certificate. (imagea) (Image) Est. $40,000-50,000

SOLD for $62,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 1b STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
6 og imageEA, Plate 1b, choice mint example, quite fresh, with deep rich color and impression on bright paper, large to very large margins all around, o.g., minor h.r., very fine and handsome; 1986 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
7 og imageHG, Plate 1b, fresh mint single, deep rich color and impression, large margins all around except just a bit closer at bottom right, minute corner crease at top left in sizable margin and of little consequence, large part o.g., nearly very fine. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
8 ogbl imageMA-OF, Plate 1b, the phenomenal mint block of eighteen (6 x 3) with 10-17 mm sheet margin at left and inscription "ICE 1d. per label 1/- Per Row of 12. £ 1.. Per Sheet. Plac", "MF" has double letter "M", vibrant color, wonderfully well margined all around and with practically full original gum (ink mark on reverse of one stamp), a few minor thin spots and negligible traces of foxing often associated with this paper and characteristic of the gum; a wonderful multiple in every regard, being the largest mint Penny Black multiple still remaining in private hands, of the highest exhibition caliber, not only one of the gems of Mr. Gross' collection, but also one of the great classic rarities of Great Britain and world philately; 1996 BPA certificate; ex-Adams, "Daisy" and Pichai. (Image) Est. $400,000-500,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
9 og imagePA-PF, Plate 1b, the remarkable left sheet-margin horizontal strip of six with inscription "PR" that was originally part of the large block offered in the previous lot (once having been a block of twenty-four), all positions except PE showing re-entries or recut side-lines, unused, with full to large margins, ironed out horizontal crease, otherwise very fine; a rare and stunning unused Penny Black multiple in its own right that, after years of having been separated from the original multiple, was miraculously reunited by Dr. Pichai Buranasombati in the late 1990's and was one of the showpiece multiples contained in his Grand Prix winning collection of Line Engraved issues; ex-Tes. (Image) Est. $30,000-40,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
10 ogbl imageThe above two lots - the mint block of eighteen and the unused strip of six - will first be offered individually then as a single lot, if the bidding for the two units together exceeds the combined total each has realized individually, the two will be sold as one lot, creating the spectacular reconstructed block of twenty-four. (imagea) (Image)

SOLD for $1,000,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 1b COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
11 c imageAB, Plate 1b, attractive single with four close to mostly large or huge margins, including a bit of the sheet margin at top showing a partial inscription "wet. 1/-", tied by red Maltese Cross to lovely folded letter dated 22 August 1840 sent from Landrake to Dublin, with perfect strike of scarce "Landrake/Penny Post" two line handstamp in black, "Devonport/Aug 23/1840" transit c.d.s. and Dublin "B/24 AU/1840" arrival c.d.s. both in red on reverse, a very fine and desirable cover. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $4,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
12 c imageMJ-NK and OJ-PK, Plate 1b, two blocks of four which were originally a block of eight, used together on a spectacular entire from Limerick via Hull to Hamburg, position MK with re-entry, NJ, PJ and PK retouched check letters, each block with margins just touched on one side, while other three margins are large, all cancelled with Maltese Crosses in a striking deep red brown color which contrast wonderfully with the deep shade of the stamps, manuscript "Per Packet from Hull" at top, reverse with "Limerick/AU 27/1840" c.d.s., "5M/AU28/40" diamond framed handstamp of Dublin in red, "Schiffsbrief Post/Sept 1840/Hamburg" c.d.s. and partial "Hull/Ship Letter" in red, entire with a small tear at top and one inside flap a bit damaged in opening, neither of which affects its overall magnificence and beauty; a cover of immense rarity and certainly one of the most important Penny Black covers to an overseas destination in existence; an essential cover for a Large Gold medal collection of Line Engraved issues; 1990 BPA certificate; ex-Sir Leonard Atkinson. (Image) Est. $150,000-200,000

SOLD for $150,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
13 c image SD-SE, Plate 1b, horizontal pair with ample to mostly large margins, used to pay the postage due on 1841 (12 Feb.) Mulready 1d. letter sheet A81 (minor faults on reverse) from Dublin to Edinburgh (14 Feb.), cancelled by Maltese Cross in red with a matching strike adjacent, showing perfectly struck framed "More / To Pay" h.s. below, manuscript "2" and "over 1 oz.", origin and arrival d.s. on reverse, very fine and stunning; a truly fabulous usage of the Penny Blacks on an underpaid Mulready; to our knowledge this is the only use of the 1840 Penny Black to pay postage due; 1957 RPS certificate and 1989 BPA certificate; ex-Sparrow, Glassco, Wills, Manzi and Pichai. (Image) Est. $20,000-30,000

SOLD for $80,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 2 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
14 ngbl imageSD-TE, Plate 2, a striking unused bottom sheet-margin block of four with part inscription "Sheet. Place the Labels ABOVE the", from the second state of the sheet, first repair (S.G. Spec. #AS17), three of the stamps are in the unrepaired state, while position TE has been re-entered, plus the marginal inscription has been re-entered and is clearly doubled in places, wonderfully bright, uniformly large margins all around, TE with trivial thin speck and with minor natural wrinkle/crease, overall an extremely fine block of exceptional beauty and rarity; ex-Cooley. (Image) Est. $20,000-30,000

SOLD for $75,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 2 COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
15 c image AB, Plate 2, a lovely single with ample to mostly large margins all around, including a sizable sheet margin at top measuring 6mm, showing "bel. 1/- Per Row o" partial inscription, tied to neat 1840 folded letter From Newbury to Oxford by bold and clear Maltese Cross in red, "Newbury/JU 13/1840" c.d.s. and red "Oxford/JU 14/1840" arrival c.d.s. both on reverse, very fine and pretty; inscription singles on cover, particularly this choice, are quite desirable and sought after; 1989 RPS certificate. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
16 c imageTB, Plate 2, with ample to large margins, tied to 1840 (26 July) Lesage Clerical pictorial envelope number 1 depicting "The Church tossed on a stormy sea", type B (sold by Lawrie and Knight), from Grangemouth to Lucan, County of Dublin (29 July), showing origin and arrival c.d.s. on reverse, extremely fine in every regard; a charming and delightful cover of peerless quality and desirability, very rare; 1996 BPA certificate; ex-"Illustrious", Manzi and Pichai. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $30,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
17 c imagePC and PG, Plate 2, two singles, each with margins a bit close or cutting at a few points, used on an 1842 cover from Barbados, cancelled upon arrival at Portsmouth, whereupon it was redirected to Chelsea and additionally franked with 1841 1p Red Brown from Plate 20, vertical pair lettered DD-ED (with ED being the "open top at north east" frame variety - S.G. Spec. #BS9h), all four stamps tied by black Maltese Cross cancels, cover noted at top in manuscript "Date March 9 Barbados" and later noted below "Recd. in Sloane St/April 8, 1842" when it was received in Chelsea, several backstamps including "Chief Office" straightline (a couple others partially cut away from removal of a bit of one back flap), some slight soiling and staining from running or redirection ink, overall fine; an extraordinary cover of tremendous rarity, being one of the most amazing usages extant of a Penny Black used from a foreign point of origin; signed Enzo Diena and accompanied by a 1991 BPA certificate. (Image) Est. $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $30,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 3 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
18 Obl imageLB-MJ, Plate 3, the incredible block of eighteen, intense color and sharp impressions on bright paper, mostly with margins but touched in places and some creasing, neat red Maltese Cross cancellations, overall in a very fine state of conservation for what has been long recorded as the largest used multiple of the Penny Black in existence; one of the most important classic multiples in philately and an astounding exhibition item; ex-Seymour (from which LK/MK were one time cut in order to make the block free of repairs) and Pichai. (Image) Est. $150,000-200,000

SOLD for $85,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 4 COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
19 c imageTH, Plate 4, 1840 stampless folded letter from Little Ribston to London, with manuscript "P1", with "Wetherby/Dec 24/1840" c.d.s and "PAID/25 DE/1840" tombstone datestamp in red, entire redirected to Norfolk and franked with 1p Black (four margins) and cancelled by red boxed "York St." handstamp, backstamped "E/DE 25/1840", entire with light edge soiling and some minor edge splitting due to thick contents, overall very fine; a scarce and attractive Christmas Day holiday use; 1994 BPA certificate. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 5 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
20 og imageCJ-CK, Plate 5, scarce mint horizontal pair, with full and well balanced margins all around, deep rich color, just faintly toned overall but actually quite fresh and handsome, o.g., relatively lightly hinged, very fine; 1996 BPA certificate; ex-"Daisy". (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $35,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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