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1840 One Penny Black continued...

PLATE 5 STAMPS continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
21 ogbl imageLA-MC, Plate 5, a splendid full left sheet-margin mint block of six (3 x 2), with partial inscription "Per Sheet. Place the Labels ABOVE t", other margins very large except just a bit close at one point at bottom left, marvelously bright and fresh, strong color and crisp impression, full clean o.g., some minor h.r.'s, tiny scissor cut at bottom frame line of position MB, some light creasing which is endemic to most existing mint Penny Black multiples, tiny pinhole in margin between two stamps, overall of very fine and exceptional appearance; one of the premier inscription multiples from this, or any other plate, as well as being one of the largest surviving mint multiples from Plate 5; 1994 BPA certificate; ex-Caspary, "Maximus" and Cooley. (Image) Est. $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $260,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 5 COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
22 c imageMA-MJ, Plate 5, an extraordinary horizontal strip of ten, deep rich color, full to mostly large margins all around, MD has small nick at top and there are a few small tears or faults also at top (mainly in the margin), tied to large 1840 (15 Oct.) folded entire from Dublin to Liverpool by Maltese Crosses in red, entire with couple of edge tears, fine; a stunning ten pence rate cover and the largest recorded strip from this plate on cover, a veritable showpiece; 1996 BPA certificate; ex-"Daisy" and Pichai. (Image) Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $72,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 6 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
23 og imageLC, Plate 6, select mint single, deep luxuriant color, four large to very large margins, o.g., minor h.r., extremely fine; 1978 BPA certificate. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $12,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
24 Obl imageMB-NC, Plate 6, an exceptional quality used block of four, featuring not only uniformly large margins all around (just a bit closer at right), but just as impressive is its wonderfully fresh color and impression on bright paper, deep red Maltese Cross cancels, pressed out horizontal crease in bottom pair not at all apparent from the face and not affecting this block's extremely fine appearance; few used multiples exist in this outstanding quality; ex-Cooley. (Image) Est. $7,500-10,000

SOLD for $13,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 6 COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
25 c imageJA, Plate 6, three large margins, just touching at left, tied to extremely attractive small size "Fore's Comic Envelope No. 1" Mulready caricature letter sheet by red Maltese Cross, posted from London to Walsall, Staffordshire, "I/AU 18/1840" backstamp, in much better condition than typically found, with only minor edge wear and the wax seal having been cut out from reverse, very fine; a rare and eye-appealing usage; 1996 BPA certificate. (Image) Est. $7,500-10,000

SOLD for $14,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
26 c imageEH, Plate 6, mostly with clear to large margins, a few slight surface abrasions, tied to 1840 (18 Oct.) entire letter (light soiling) from Kilmarnock to Prince Edward Island, cancelled by Maltese Cross in red, showing "Halifax/Nov 14/1840/Nova Scotia" double-ring transit c.d.s. at left, with red boxed "Kilmarnock/OC 18/1840" (Sunday) origin handstamp in red on reverse, various manuscript rate markings "1/-" for transatlantic letter rate, "Cy 1n4 / 2 / 1n6" representing the total due in currency including the inland colonial postage; an unusual and fantastic destination - for British North America as a whole there are only four covers recorded bearing Penny Blacks; 1992 BPA certificate; ex-Pichai. (Image) Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $27,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
27 c imageDJ, Plate 6, single with close to ample margins, tied to 1840 folded letter addressed to Rowland Hill, Esq./Downing Street, the inventor of the postage stamp, black Maltese Cross cancel, red fancy "2 An 2/DE 31/1840" handstamp on reverse, light vertical fold just barely affecting stamp, letter itself is quite clean and fine; a wonderful cover to begin a specialized Penny Black collection or any Great Britain collection. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 7 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
28 og/nhbl imageDK-EL, Plate 7, a fabulously fresh and choice right sheet-margin block of four with partial "PRIC" imprint at bottom right, other margins quite large except EK just touched at bottom, in an incredible state of preservation and possessing a marvelous overall mint "bloom", strong color and impression on bright paper, pristine full o.g. with only a light hinge mark, in fact the superb bottom right stamp is never hinged and could easily qualify as the finest quality never hinged Penny Black in existence, DK with small surface rub in D square, overall very fine; an enormously rare block, especially in this outstanding condition; 1996 BPA certificate; ex-Shaida, "Daisy". (Image) Est. $40,000-50,000

SOLD for $130,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
29 nhbl imageAF-BH, Plate 7, a magnificently fresh and eye-arresting top sheet-margin block of six (3 x 2), showing "Addrefs and towards the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the" large part of the inscription, mostly large margins on other three sides, superb color and impression on brilliantly white paper, pristine full o.g. that is never hinged, small natural paper inclusion in the margin below position BH, light vertical filing bend/crease just just clips AF-BF in right margins, but not at all affecting this incredibly rare block's sensational overall appearance, very fine; 1972 BPA certificate; ex-Wills, Shaida and "Tes". (Image) Est. $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $260,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
30 og/nhbl imageFA-GF, Plate 7, an absolutely spectacular left sheet-margin block of twelve (6 x 2) on experimental thin paper, showing "Back be careful not to remove the Cem" partial inscription in the full sheet selvage, other margins quite large and magnificently balanced, possessing an extraordinary overall freshness and brilliance that must be seen in person to fully appreciate, superb color and impressions, pristine o.g., all but one or two stamps never hinged, some light natural gum wrinkling and two or three negligible tone specks that are of no significance, extremely fine; a fantastic multiple of tremendous beauty and rarity; signed in the sheet margin by both A. Diena and G. Bolaffi, as well as being accompanied by a 1996 BPA certificate; ex-"Daisy". (imagea) (Image) Est. $200,000-300,000

SOLD for $400,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
31 ogbl imageMJ-PL, Plate 7, a phenomenal right sheet-margin mint block of twelve (3 x 4) on experimental thin paper, with full inscription "In Wetting the Back be careful not to remove the Cement" in full sheet selvage at right, other margins large to very large, having been extracted from the famous mint block of twenty-eight from the incomparable Seymour collection sold in a series of sales by Robson Lowe in 1951-52, this being the finest and most impressive portion of that remarkable multiple, marvelously bright and fresh, deep luxuriant color and crisp impressions, full o.g., lightly hinged, there is some minor and quite typical creasing in the right hand vertical strip (also just catching position PK), overall very fine; one of the great classic multiples of the world and a stunning exhibition piece; signed on the reverse in pencil by, G. Bolaffi, A. Diena and E. Diena, as well as being accompanied by 1959 Giulio Bolaffi, 1991 Enzo Diena and 1981 BPA certificates; ex-Seymour, "Maximus" and Shaida. (Image) Est. $200,000-300,000

SOLD for $400,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 7 COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
32 c imageBG, Plate 7, select four margin example tied to very scarce 1841 registered folded letter to Antrim, Ireland, superbly cancelled by a central strike of a black Maltese Cross, red double boxed "PAID/AP27/1841" handstamp alongside, with manuscript endorsement "No. 134/Registered Letter" at top left, red octagonal "Paid at/Liverpool/AP 26 1841" marking at bottom left, backstamped "Antrim/AP 28/1841" on reverse, all markings and endorsements wonderfully strong, and the folded letter is quite clean overall with a couple usual file folds, very fine and choice: among the finest of the very few recorded registered covers bearing a Penny Black; 1985 RPS certificate. (Image) Est. $7,500-10,000

SOLD for $200,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 8 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
33 og imageOE, Plate 8, an attractive mint single, well clear to large margins on all four sides, black color is intense with a razor-sharp impression, o.g., h.r., a fresh and very fine original gum example from this scarcer plate; 1997 Brandon certificate. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $10,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
34 ogbl imageRG-TH, Plate 8, an extremely rare and desirable bottom sheet-margin mint block of six (2 x 3), showing "ards the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the" partial inscription in the wide sheet selvage, other margins ample to quite large, extraordinarily fresh, strong rich color and crisp detailed impressions, full clean o.g., lightly hinged, both the RG-RH and TG-TH pairs with diagonal crease, neither of which affects its impressive overall extremely fine appearance; any mint multiple from this elusive plate is a major rarity, as very few of any size are known, particularly being an inscription multiple; 1995 BPA certificate. (Image) Est. $40,000-50,000

SOLD for $170,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 8 COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
35 c imageDD, Plate 8, three large margins, close at right, used on a fascinating and most unusual 1841 triple usage turned folded letter, sent by the S. Lewis & Co. to Lincoln on February 3rd, using the DD stamp and tied by a red Maltese Cross and with Lincoln c.d.s. along side, with a HH stamp (Plate 9) applied on a preprinted return form attached to the original letter (not cancelled and with four full margins) so it could be returned with a subscription for a dictionary being offered, then original recipient turned the cover and sent it on February 6th to Brigg from Lincoln, using a DL stamp (Plate 8, re-entry position) which is tied by a red Maltese Cross, arriving the same day, entire letter has been refolded to accommodate displaying all three adhesives for an exhibit page, some minor soiling and edge wear, two cancelled stamps with minor file creases passing through them, overall fine; certainly one of the most unusual usages of a Penny Black one will ever encounter. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 9 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
36 ng imageQJ, Plate 9, scarce unused example from this elusive plate, deep rich color, four ample to mostly large margins, faint horizontal bend and just the slightest suggestion of a thin speck, very fine appearance; ex-Cooley. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 10 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
37 ng imageTJ-TL, Plate 10, the unique unused strip of three from the bottom right corner of the sheet showing plate number "10" and inscription "the Back be careful not to remove the Cement." in the sizable sheet selvages, uncharacteristically fine impression for this plate, large to enormous margins all around, some light barely perceptible pressed creases which are inconsequential to this wonderful and famous corner plate number piece which ranks among one of the most important line engraved items extant; ex-Seymour, Shaida and Pichai. (Image) Est. $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $150,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 11 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
38 ogbl imageAF-CG, Plate 11, a stunning partial top sheet margin block of six (2 x 3) showing inscription "Addrefs and towards the RIGHT H", ample to large margins on other three sides, intense color, full clean o.g., lightly hinged (at least two stamps may be never hinged), some light bends/creases (mostly confined to the margins between the stamps) and are of little significance given this block's enormous rarity and importance; one of the premier mint multiples among the very few that exist from the elusive Plate 11; 1996 BPA certificate; ex-"Daisy". (Image) Est. $75,000-100,000

SOLD for $320,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

1840 One Penny Black "V.R." Official

IMPRIMATUR
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
39 P imageSL, imprimatur, a gem right sheet-margin example of this rare and desirable imprimatur of the "VR" Official, taken from the first registration sheet before hardening, large to huge margins all around, extremely fine; ex-Dale, "Tes". (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $32,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
STAMP
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
40 og imageHE, an impressive quality mint single, being the double letter variety showing clear doubling of the check letter "H" (S.G. Spec. #VR1b), four full and wonderfully balanced margins, crisp detailed impression, o.g., extremely fine; mint examples of the "V.R." Official are seldom encountered this choice; 1981 RPS certificate. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $30,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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