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The Dimitris Bertsimas Collection of Important Great Britain Stamps and Multiples continued...

Surface Printed Issues, 1881 Onwards
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
3072° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 5p Indigo (SG Specialised K6; SG 169; Scott 85). Block of nine, original gum, top row lightly hinged, bottom two rows Mint N.H., well-centered, intense shade and razor-sharp impression on fresh paper, light vertical gum bend thru left column

VERY FINE AND PARTICULARLY EYE-APPEALING MULTIPLE OF THE 5-PENCE INDIGO. NOTABLY RARE IN A BLOCK THIS SIZE.

Ex Baillie. SG as hinged block of four and five singles £7,875. (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Great Britain 85 ]

E. $ 4,000-5,000


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3073° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Bluish Lilac, 14 Dots (SG Specialised K7(2); SG 170 var; Scott 88 var). Block of six with interpanneau selvage at bottom, original gum, top center stamp h.r., other stamps Mint N.H., beautifully centered, fresh color, selvage with minor pulled perf and small gum bend of no consequence, Very Fine, a scarce multiple, a new batch of ink caused a slightly bluish hue before being replaced for the next printing, ex Baillie, SG as hinged singles £3,300 (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Great Britain 88 var ]

E. $ 1,500-2,000


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3074° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Lilac, 16 Dots, Printed Both Sides, Watermark Inverted (SG Specialised K8(1)ha; SG 173a; Scott 89a). Two matching blocks of six with bottom selvage showing control "L", one with control on normal side and other on gummed side, original gum, lightly hinged, wonderfully rich color, strong second impressions showing clear design, both featuring the inverted watermark, one block with three stamps showing slight scuff from hinge removal

VERY FINE. A STRIKING AND UNIQUE PAIR OF MATCHED CONTROL SELVAGE BLOCKS OF SIX WITH DOUBLE ERROR -- PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES AND WATERMARK INVERTED.

The Printed on Both Sides error only occurs on the Control L sheets. Ex Baillie. SG as singles with no premium for the position blocks £10,800 (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Great Britain 89a ]

E. $ 5,000-7,500


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3075° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Lilac, 16 Dots, Double Perforation (SG Specialised K8(1)p; SG 172 var; Scott 89 var). Bottom left corner selvage block of eight, original gum, top row with h.r.'s, bottom row Mint N.H., perfs clearly doubled between bottom row and selvage and vertically along bottom row (causing the obvious separations), Very Fine, ex Baillie, listed but unpriced in SG Specialised (Image)

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E. $ 400-500


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3076° nhbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 6p on 6p Lilac Surcharge (SG Specialised K8B; SG 162; Scott 95). Mint N.H. top right corner selvage block of sixteen, Plate 18, lettered A-I to D-L, especially well-centered, bold color, light gum bends affecting two stamps at bottom left and fold along perfs between first two rows

EXTREMELY FINE. A PRISTINE AND STRIKING BLOCK OF THE 6-PENCE UNIFIED ISSUE SURCHARGE.

Trials of these surcharges were originally done on the 1p Inland Revenue in black. It was decided that Black clashed with cancels too closely and Carmine was chosen. Sheets of 3p, 6p and 1sh sheets from existing stock were chosen to be overprinted. Due to an objection from the Telegraph Branch, the 1sh was pulled from production. Sheets of the surcharged 3p and 6p were broken into blocks of 40 before sale.

SG as four hinged blocks £13,600. (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Great Britain 95 ]

E. $ 7,500-10,000


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3077° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1882, 1sh Purple, Line Perf 14, Intended for Surcharge and Unissued (SG Specialised K8C; SG 163 Footnote; Scott 87 Footnote). Plate 14, lettered D-G, part original gum as always (due to removal from Stamp Committee presentation book), excellent centering, fresh color

VERY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE UNISSUED ONE-SHILLING PURPLE, PLATE 14 WITH LINE PERF 14. OF THE 36 IMPRIMATURS ORIGINALLY PERFORATED, LESS THAN HALF OF THOSE ARE THOUGHT TO EXIST TODAY, ALL ORIGINATING FROM THE STAMP COMMITTEE PRESENTATION BOOKS.

Only 36 copies of the "Before and After the Stamp Committee" presentation books were given as gifts to officials, including Queen Victoria (it is now part of the Royal Collection with 1sh Purple separated). All known examples of the 1sh Purple originate from these books, although not all 36 books contained one. Some contained the 1sh Orange Brown instead, and it is believed that fewer than half of the books contained the 1sh Purple. Remarkably, the Bertsimas collection also features a complete presentation book with the 1sh Purple (see lot 3092).

This issue was supposed to be surcharged 1sh, similar to the 3p and 6p (SG 159, 162). There was a great need for stamps for telegraph purposes, but the final product never came to fruition and production was stopped midway. De La Rue supplied the stamps quickly, taking the registration sheets for the creation of the presentation books. As they were received imperforate, they had to be hurriedly perforated to look like issued stamps for inclusion in those books.

Ex Baillie. With 2005 B.P.A. certificate. SG £15,000. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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3078° S ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 2sh6p Lilac on Blued Paper, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K9s; SG 175s; Scott 96aS). Lettered I-D, "Specimen" Ty. 9, original gum, exceptionally well-centered, Extremely Fine, SG £625 (Image)

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E. $ 300-400


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3079° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 2sh6p Lilac on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K9; SG 175; Scott 96a). Lettered F-B, original gum, lightly hinged, excellent centering with wide margins, bright shade and sharp impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 2-SHILLING 6-PENCE ON BLUED PAPER.

This value was adopted to serve postal duty and to replace the 2sh6p Inland Revenue embossed stamp, hence the "Postage & Revenue" legend. No essays were created for this value, as it was hastily executed by adapting a 3sh essay. It shows the tightly spaced wording, and the "2/6" looks more like a fraction than a shilling value.

Ex Gross. With 1990 R.P.S. certificate. SG £6,750. Scott $9,250.00. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000


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3080° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac (SG Specialised K10(2); SG 179; Scott 96 var). Lettered N-C, original gum, lightly hinged, remarkably well-centered with wide margins, deep rich shade, Extremely Fine, ex Baillie, SG £825, Scott $625.00 as Lilac (Image)

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E. $ 300-400


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3081° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac on Blued Paper from "White Paper" Period (SG Specialised K10(2)a; SG 179a; Scott 96 var). Lettered B-B, original gum, minor h.r., well-centered with wide margins, intensely rich color

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-SHILLING 6-PENCE ON BLUED PAPER DURING THE WHITE PAPER PERIOD. AN UNUSUAL AND RARE VARIETY.

The Blued paper is often referred to as "Revenue" paper, as it was chemically treated to prevent reuse of pen-cancelled revenue stamps. It is generally assumed that the 1883 Issue was first printed on this paper to use up the stock on hand, since high denomination stamps were not pen-cancelled, thus eliminating the specific need for it. The question of why this particular blued paper stock was used during the white paper period is still up for debate. The only logical conclusion put forth by Wiseman is that due to the lack of stock controls at Somerset House, some old stock could have been previously overlooked and used for the 1884 printing.

Ex Baillie. With 1975 R.P.S. certificate. SG £9,000. (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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3082° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 5sh Rose on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K11; SG 176; Scott 108a). Lettered B-H, original gum, lightly hinged, outstanding centering with balanced margins, lovely shade on clearly blued paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE 5-SHILLING ROSE ON BLUED PAPER, ESPECIALLY SO IN THIS PRISTINE CONDITION.

Despite its high catalogue value, examples of this stamp are available on the market. However, what should not be overlooked is the condition of almost all examples offered for sale. Most are slightly off center, regummed, repaired and/or have surface rubbing. Examples with none of those problems are rare, and the stamp offered here is one of the finest extant.

Ex Baillie. With 1990 R.P.S. certificate. SG £18,000. Scott $18,750.00 (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Great Britain 108a ]

E. $ 7,500-10,000


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