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From Sparks Auctions Sale #27 - Sparks Auctions - May 29-30, 2018

Lot 3 - 1851 12d black Queen Victoria Imperforate on Laid Paper. The twelve penny was recognized from the earliest days of philately as rare and desirable. The Chalon portrait was copied by Bahamas, Queensland, Tasmania, New Zealand, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia as well as other British Colonies.

This stamp was sold by Charles Phillips and was owned by Charles Lathrop Pack as the top stamp in a vertical pair. It is position 60 within a plate of 100. The pair was sold at auction in 1944 and again in 1959 but by 1976 it had been separated and received a Certificate from Herbert Bloch. With deep colour and a clear distinct impression, four large margins, full original gum lightly hinged, easily visible laid lines, fresh in all respects and a full sheet margin at right put this stamp in the first rank. Among the very fine mint twelve penny stamps, there are usually three which are regarded as being the most desirable. The full sheet margin of this gem compares favourably with another exceptional twelve penny, the Dale-Lichtenstein single from position 80 with an irregular sheet margin. As a result a number of advanced collectors confirm the opinion that the example from the Outaouais Collection is the most desirable and best of the best.

This stamp has three Certificates of Authenticity. These are from 1976 the Friedl Expert Committee, 1983 Greene Foundation, and 2013 Greene Foundation "Scott No. 3, mint, O.G., position 60, genuine in all respects."

UNITRADE #3 $300,000
SCOTT #3 USD $175,000
S.G. #4 £ 200,000
Provenance: 1944 Harmer, Rooke (New York) the "Charles Lathrop Pack Collection", lot 26. Pair (from which this is the top stamp). 1959 Robert Siegel Auctions Lot 27, Pair (from which this is the top stamp). 1977 Maresch & Son Private Treaty sale. 1983 Harmers of New York Inc. "The Provenance Collection of BNA", Lot 2062. 1997 Maresch & Son Sale 322, lot 102. The "Charles Lathrop Pack Pair" is illustrated (Plate IV) and discussed in the 1911 edition of Canada Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery by Clifton A. Howes B. Sc, FRPSL. Illustration courtesy of Harmer, Rooke & Co. "Charles Lathrop Pack Collection" catalogue, December 6-8, 1944, Lot 26.....Unitrade $ 300,000 Sold for C$ 285,000

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