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1840 Two Penny Blue

PLATE 1 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
41 ogbl imageOJ-PL, Plate 1, a striking right sheet-margin mint block of six (3 x 2), showing "t to remove the Cement." partial inscription in the full sheet selvage at right, other margins full and marvelously well balanced, brilliant color and impression on especially bright paper, position OK being the shifted transfer variety and all P squares recut, o.g., two horizontal creases (one passing through each horizontal strip) that in no way detract from the overall magnificent appearance of this very rare and important multiple; among the most eye-appealing of the few existing marginal Two Pence mint multiples; signed Enzo Diena and accompanied by his 1991 certificate, as well as being signed by Peter Holcombe and accompanied by his 1991 certificate; ex-Atkinson. (Image) Est. $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $210,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
42 ogbl imageAI-CJ, Plate 1, a brilliant mint block of six (2 x 3), an especially deep shade and radiant prooflike impression, close to large margins virtually all round except BI touched at left, much original gum, two light central diagonal creases and CI has a thin, overall in a wonderfully fine and fresh state of conservation; a ravishing mint multiple of this great classic stamp; 1965 BPA certificate; ex-Cooley, Pichai. (Image) Est. $30,000-40,000

SOLD for $25,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
43 O imageHI-HL and IA-ID, Plate 1, two horizontal strips of four, both tied to single piece by neat and unobtrusive multiple strikes of black Maltese Cross cancels, each strip quite well margined as both have ample to mostly large margins all around, pale blue shade and nice impressions, top left corner of HI with small tear, otherwise very fine; an impressive franking on a piece of eight Two Pence Blues; signed Enzo Diena on reverse of piece. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $6,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 1 COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
44 c imageFA-FC, Plate 1, horizontal strip of three tied to large size folded letter addressed to Regents Park by red Maltese Cross cancels, clear black circular "Q/MY-12/1840" rare early May date cancel, along with red boxed May 13, 1840 receiving handstamp on reverse, strip with close to ample margins (just touching at a few points), letter has been refolded extensively to both improve appearance and to fit an exhibition page, some soiling and light running of address ink, nevertheless this is a rarely seen early May date usage, particularly with a franking larger than a single. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $8,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
45 c imageAE-BE vertical pair and DC-DE horizontal strip of three, Plate 1, uprating a Mulready 2p envelope, a209, to India (slightly refolded at top to its original pre-use position), from Bristol (30 Sept. 1840) to Ajmeer redirected to Agra via Bombay and Cawnpore, both the pair and strip of three have ample to large margins and possess rich bright blue color, pre-printing or application wrinkles, clearly cancelled and well tied by Maltese Crosses in red, showing origin, transit, and arrival d.s. all on reverse; one of the great uprated Mulready covers and an exhibition item of the highest echelon, of the two recorded uprated Mulready usages to India this is by far the finer; 1996 BPA certificate; ex-"Daisy", Pichai. (imagea) (Image) Est. $40,000-50,000

SOLD for $450,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
46 c imageCC-CE and AF-AH, Plate 1, two horizontal strips of three tied to lovely 1840 double letter sheet to Malta, from the famous Lady Louis correspondence, each strip with margins just touching to full, deep rich colors, all cancelled with indistinct red Maltese Cross cancels, sent from Clifton (manuscript dated "Clifton Oct. 9th 1840" at left) and with Clifton dumb handstamp in black, manuscript "Via Falmouth" below address, backstamped Bristol in red, the letter sheet itself is quite neat and clean, very fine; an eye-appealing and rare overseas usage to Malta from a well known correspondence; 1994 BPA certificate. (Image) Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $17,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
47 c imageBA-BF and BG-BL, Plate 1, two horizontal strips of six, cut from the same complete row, varying margins, pale blue shade, tied to impressive 1841 (18 June) folded entire from Liverpool to New York, boldly cancelled by Maltese Crosses in black and showing "Boston/SHIP/July 3/Ms." c.d.s. in red adjacent, with origin double-ring d.s. on reverse, endorsed "Britannia Steamer 12 June 1841", lower strip lifted and reaffixed in its original position; a spectacular 2/- double rate Trans-Atlantic cover and the highest recorded franking for a cover sent abroad with this plate, a remarkable showpiece; signed Enzo Diena and accompanied by a 1998 RPS certificate; ex-Hunt, Pichai. (Image) Est. $20,000-30,000

SOLD for $15,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 2 STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
48 Obl imagePG-QH, Plate 2, an exceptional used block of four, possessing large even margins on three sides, fourth margin clearing but close, deep rich color, very light and unobtrusive black Maltese Cross cancels, faint bend between top and bottom pair, very fine; an exceedingly rare block in far superior quality than normally found; ex-Cooley. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
49 Obl imageDG-KK, Plate 2, a showpiece used block of ten (5 x 2), with margins all around except just touching at one point on EG, pale blue shade, black Maltese Cross cancels, block with some minor surface rubbing on two stamps and a vertical crease through DK/EK, still quite fine and handsome for such a large multiple; signed by both Enzo Diena and Peter Holcombe, also accompanied by the latter's 1991 certificate; ex-Atkinson. (Image) Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $10,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
PLATE 2 COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
50 c imageAK-AL horizontal pair from the top right corner of the sheet and BK-CL block of four from the right of the sheet, Plate 2, both tied to remarkable folded entire from Newport to Lubeck, Germany, both the pair and block with full to large margins (but just touched at one point at bottom of each), deep rich color, black Maltese Cross cancels tie stamps, "Newport-Mon/My 18/1841" double ring c.d.s on reverse along with London transit (May 19) and May 24 arrival marking, rated "2" in red crayon, a very fine and famous cover to an enormously rare destination; 1998 RPS certificate; ex-Meroni, Seymour, Shaida and Pichai. (Image) Est. $20,000-30,000

SOLD for $50,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

1840 One Penny Black and Two Penny Blue

MIXED FRANKING COVERS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
51 c imageTwo 1p Black singles, FK and GC, Plate 1a and 2p Blue, AC, Plate 1, all tied to handsome large folded letter from London (28 May) to Manchester and readdressed (as requested in the contents of the letter) without further postage to Ashgrove, Herts., stamps with ample to large margins and beautifully tied by red Maltese Cross cancels, London datestamp on reverse, cover has been slightly refolded at left, 2p with small sealed cut, overall a very fine mixed franking, which is especially rare and desirable in this choice condition; signed by both Enzo Diena and Peter Holcombe, also accompanied by the latter's 1991 certificate. (Image) Est. $20,000-30,000

SOLD for $35,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
52 c image1p Black, SJ, Plate 6 and 2p Blue, RI, Plate 1, uprating an 1840 (30 Oct.) Mulready 1p letter sheet (A19, with Scottish Provident Institution printed advertisement in blue on inside, vertical filing crease) from Dumfries to Annan, both with large even margins except the 2p has truncated lower right corner, cancelled by Maltese Crosses in red, showing another fine central strike adjacent and framed origin d.s. on reverse, typical vertical filing crease, an exceptional uprated Mulready of exquisite quality and character, a charming and delightful cover; 1998 BPA certificate; ex-Grunin, Pichai. (Image) Est. $30,000-40,000

SOLD for $47,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
53 c imageThe extraordinary "Lady Louis" uprated Mulready envelope to Malta, envelope (A151) addressed to Lady Louis, Malta and inscribed via Falmouth, bearing 1p Black, DA, Plate V (state 2) single, a 1p Black, PA-PD horizontal strip of four, Plate 1, plus 2p Blue FI, GI and HI singles, Plate 1, mostly with margins all around, all cancelled by striking and distinctive orange Maltese Cross cancels of Bristol and with corresponding "Bristol/JA 9/1841" backstamp, "No. 17" black handstamp on the front of the cover below stamps, two stamps slightly repaired and address panel a bit toned; this stunning and incredibly rare cover has long been regarded as one of the most important postal history rarities of Great Britain and is perfectly suited for exhibition; 1998 BPA certificate; ex-Grunin. (Image) Est. $75,000-100,000

SOLD for $650,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
54 c image1p Black, HD and HL singles, Plate 6 and 2p Blue, SI and SK singles, Plate 1, all tied to large portion of 1840 folded letter (also a bit refolded) to Holbeach by indistinct red Maltese Cross cancels, "Lynn/OC 2/1840" origination c.d.s. on reverse, all stamps with four ample to large margins, a fine and extremely rare combination franking of two of each value; signed Enzo Diena and accompanied by his 1984 certificate. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
THREE COLOR FRANKING COVER
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
55 c imageThe famous "Daisy" July 7, 1841 folded entire bearing the world's first three adhesive postage stamps, entire written from Thirlstane Castle to the Earl of Lauderdale at Dunbar and franked with 1840 2p Blue, IB, Plate 1, then redirected to Dunse and further franked with 1840 1p Black, OK, Plate 6 and 1841 1p Red brown, JG, Plate 8, all cancelled with black Maltese Cross cancels, boxed "Lauder/JY 7/1841" and similar boxed "Dunbar/JY 8/1841" postmarks on reverse, boxed "Dunse/JY 9/1841" receiving handstamp on front, all quite strong and legible, tear to one back flap (not extending to front) and central file fold, very fine and simply stunning.Also included with this lot is an amazing companion cover dated July 7, 1841 similarly addressed and redirected, bearing an 1840 1p Black, NK (which originally formed a vertical pair on the "Daisy" cover!), Plate 6, and an 1841 1p Red brown, FC, Plate 8, both stamps creased by horizontal file fold and NK cut in a bit at left. This is a highly important companion piece to confirm both the authenticity of the "Daisy" cover and to offer additional evidence for the eventual usage of all three stamps on the one cover.The overall appeal and immense rarity of this cover cannot be overstated. Typically any three color franking from the classic period of philately is highly sought after and desired by collectors. But to have a three colored franking consisting of all three of the world's first postage stamps is simply beyond the wildest imagination of any collector. In our opinion, this historical cover ranks among the world's greatest rarities and shares the spotlight with some of the most famous and most valuable covers in the world - such as the remarkable Cape of Good Hope block of four of the 4p error of color on cover, or the stunning U.S. 1847 10c "Rush" cover - which are each valued into seven figures. There is no doubt this is an exhibition item without equal for the Line Engraved specialist/exhibitor. Accompanied by a 1996 BPA certificate; ex-"Daisy". (imagea) (imageb) (Image) Est. $300,000-400,000

SOLD for $375,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

1840 Mulready Envelopes and Letter Sheets

MAY 5 USAGE
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
56 c imageMay 5, 1840, 1p letter sheet, A27, used from London to Topsham, with perfect clear strike of "J/5 MY 5/1840" c.d.s. on reverse, boxed "T.P./Brixtn.New Rd." handstamp and "2" manuscript rate marking on front, some wrinkling to letter sheet, but overall in much better condition than most Mulreadys are found, very fine; an extremely rare and choice pre-official usage date cover. (imagea) (Image) Est. $7,500-10,000

SOLD for $32,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
MAY 6 USAGES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
57 c imageMay 6, 1840, 1p letter sheet, A1, used from London, excellent strikes of oval "8 Nt 8/MY 6/1840" and boxed "PD/MY 6/1840" (over letter join) both in red on reverse, corresponding choice strike of red Maltese Cross at top center on front, some minor imperfections and perimeter splits at bottom, overall very fine and handsome for this rare and popular first day of usage; 1975 BPA certificate; ex-Shaida. (imagea) (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
58 c imageMay 6, 1840, 1p letter sheet, A6, used from London to Topsham, red "B/6 MY 6/1840" London dispatch handstamp on reverse which is slightly blurry but clearly identifiable as a May 6th first day of usage, red Maltese Cross cancel at top center, much less edge wear than typically encountered, fine and rare; 1978 RPS certificate; ex-Shaida. (imagea) (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
59 c imageMay 6, 1840, 1p letter sheet, A17, used from London to Pentonville, superb strike of red boxed "PD/MY 6/1840" London dispatch cancel on reverse over letter join, deep red Maltese Cross cancel at top center on front, along with "T.P./Fore. St." two line handstamp, small tear at bottom and minor soiling, both of little importance, very fine and most attractive; ex-Shaida. (imagea) (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $7,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
60 c imageMay 6, 1840, 1p letter sheet, A25, used from London to Cornwall, red Maltese Cross on front, quite clear ""B/MY-6/1840" circular London datestamp on reverse, some minor perimeter splits and imperfections, fine; ex-Shaida. (imagea) (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $5,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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