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

Surface Printed Issues, 1881 Onwards continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
3083° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 5sh Rose (SG Specialised K12(1); SG 180; Scott 108). Lettered I-H, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine, a choice example, ex Baillie, SG £1,100, Scott $1,100.00 (Image)

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E. $ 400-500


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3084° S ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Cobalt on Blued Paper, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K13t; SG 177as; Scott 109cS). Lettered A-D, "Specimen" Ty. 9, original gum, lightly hinged, few creases and small surface scrape, otherwise a Fine example of this "Specimen" in the rare Cobalt shade, SG £5,000 (Image)

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E. $ 500-750


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3085° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Ultramarine on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K13(1); SG 177; Scott 109b). Lettered I-G, original gum, lightly hinged, strong color on lightly blued paper, couple natural paper wrinkles (not mentioned on accompanying certificates)

VERY FINE. AN IMMENSELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-SHILLING ULTRAMARINE ON BLUED PAPER. A MAJOR GREAT BRITAIN RARITY, ESPECIALLY SO IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

The color of this issue, unlike the 5sh, was undecided for many months. The De La Rue First Scheme was in Brown, Second Scheme in Red and Third Scheme in Brown again. It was not until the Fourth Scheme submitted on Dec. 12, 1882, that the Ultramarine color was selected.

Ex Baillie and Gross. With 1969 and 1987 R.P.S. certificates. SG £40,000. Scott $40,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000


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3086° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Cobalt (SG Specialised K14(1); SG 182; Scott 109a). Lettered D-H, original gum, lightly hinged, beautifully centered, rich color of this distinctive shade, couple minor natural gum wrinkles

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1884 10-SHILLING COBALT. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE SMALL HANDFUL KNOWN OF THIS SUBTLE BUT DISTINCTIVE SHADE.

Wiseman's theory that this shade resulted from chemical treatment of the paper is conjectural. Without adequate studies, it is still debatable whether this shade is a chemical changeling or the result of different pigments used in printing. Specialists agree that this shade differs from Ultramarine and is truly rare.

The impressive condition of this stamp mandated a small comment on the R.P.S. certificate as "Memo: A fine stamp". While seemingly innocuous, notations of the general quality of stamps are rarely seen on certificates unless truly warranted and out of the norm.

Ex Baillie. With 1990 R.P.S. certificate. SG £42,000. Scott $40,000.00. (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000


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3087° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Ultramarine (SG Specialised K14(2); SG 183; Scott 109). Lettered F-C, original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, fresh color and impression on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, ex Baillie, SG £2,250, Scott $2,250.00 (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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3088° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1887, 10sh Pale Ultramarine (SG Specialised K14(3); SG 183a; Scott 109 var). Lettered F-F, original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins, pretty shade, Very Fine, ex Baillie, SG £2,500, Scott $2,250 as Ultramarine (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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3089° S ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, £1 Brown Violet, Watermarked Crowns, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K15t; SG 185s; Scott 110S). Lettered G-B, "Specimen" Ty. 9, original gum, lovely rich shade, some slight paper adhesion on gum but free from the myriad of faults that often plague this issue, Fine, SG £2,800 (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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3090° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Crowns (SG Specialised K15; SG 185; Scott 110). Lettered B-B, original gum, minute h.r., well-centered, deep rich color on bright paper, accompanying certificate mentions "slightly rubbed" which, in our opinion, is so insignificant as to be unworthy of mention

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE DESIRABLE 1884 ONE-POUND WITH WATERMARK CROWNS. PARTICULARLY ELUSIVE IN THIS QUALITY CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL-GUM.

Ex Gross. With 1981 B.P.A. certificate. SG £32,000. Scott $32,500.00. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000


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3091° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1888, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Orbs (SG Specialised K16; SG 186; Scott 123). Lettered A-D, original gum, lightly hinged, incredible depth of color on pristine bright paper, completely free of the maladies that plague these long stamps

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-POUND BROWN LILAC ON WATERMARK ORBS PAPER. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE, BOASTING SUPERB OVERALL FRESHNESS. AN ICONIC GREAT BRITAIN RARITY.

A little known fact about the £1 on Watermark Orbs paper is that this issue was printed in error. Wiseman explains in detail that on Nov. 5, 1887, a Warrant was issued calling for the stamps to be printed. The word "Orbs" was accidentally written instead of "Crowns". The error was noticed well before the supply was exhausted, but the Orbs stock was issued nonetheless.

Owing to the long size of this stamp, examples invariably have faults such as creases and bends. Many unused examples have also been regummed. An example free of faults with original gum is a great rarity.

Ex Baillie. Signed A. Diena and Mondolfo. With 1978 B.P.A. certificate. SG £72,000. Scott $75,000.00. (Image)

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E. $ 40,000-50,000


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3092° P ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1884-1888 Complete "Before and After the Stamp Committee" Presentation Book. Original binding with three card pages with mounted stamps separated for display, first page with "Series Superseded by the Issue of April 1884." comprising the Line Perforated 14 Imprimaturs including the two key values of 9p Straw, Plate 5 (SG Spec. J95, £20,000) and 1sh Purple, Plate 14 (SG Spec. K8C, £15,000) plus 1880 -1/2p-5p Provisional Issue, 1881 1p 16 Dots, 1881 2-1/2p Blue, Plate 22, 3p Rose, Plate 21 and 4p Grey Brown, Plate 18, second page with "Series Issued April, 1884." comprising of 1883 -1/2p-1sh with printed information of Committee and De La Rue Officials, third page with "Series Determined Upon by the Stamp Committee and Issued January, 1887." comprising of the 1887-92 "Jubilee" with eleven values from -1/2p-1sh, remarkably fresh overall

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW INTACT STAMP COMMITTEE PRESENTATION BOOKS SURVIVING FROM THE ORIGINAL 36 GIVEN TO OFFICIALS AND DIGNITARIES, MOST OF WHICH DID NOT INCLUDE THE 9-PENCE STRAW AND ONE-SHILLING PURPLE.

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 single of the 1sh Purple (see lot 3077).

Original reports indicated that only six of the presentation books contained the 1sh Purple, but there were probably more. Due to collector demand for singles, many of the pages have been destroyed with the key values removed. Very few complete presentation books with the 9p Straw and 1sh Purple still exist.

Ex Manzi and Baillie. (Image)

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E. $ 20,000-30,000


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