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

Line Engraved Issues continued...
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3012° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 1p Red Brown on Blued Paper (SG Specialised C2(1); SG 22; Scott 11). Block of four with part imprint "Letters. In Wetting the Back be ca(reful)" selvage at top, die 1, alphabet II, lettered A-I to B-J, original gum, bold color, minor adhesion on gum in top selvage, Fine-Very Fine, a rare multiple, ex Baillie, SG £5,000 (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,400.00
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3013° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 1p Red Brown, Imperforate from the Experimental Neale's Steam Press (SG Specialised C8(1)h; SG 29a; Scott 16c). Block of eighteen with sheet margin at right, Plate 22, lettered H-J to M-L, without gum as issued, margin with complete ornament and inscription "Per Sheet. Place the Labels ABOVE the Address and towards the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the Letter. In Wetting the", other margins large to full, wonderfully rich color, some light creasing mostly between rows including slight hinge reinforcement by ornament

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE MULTIPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-PENNY FROM PLATE 22, USING THE EXPERIMENTAL NEALE'S STEAM PRESS. ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN BLOCKS FROM THE ONE SHEET DISCOVERED.

Reports show that Plate 22 was put to press on Aug. 1, 1855, using the experimental Neale's Steam Press. The same occurred for Plate 25 at a slightly later date. The Neale's Press was a revolutionary machine that automated plate inking, wiping, polishing and paper feeding at a greater speed than before.

It is believed that one sheet each from both Plate 22 and 25 were discovered around 1960 and ultimately cut up to feed collector demand. It is presumed that the remaining 2,000 sheets printed from Plate 22 using this process were destroyed.

Ex Baillie. With 1993 Holcombe certificate. SG as singles with no premium for the position block £72,000 (Image)

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E. $ 30,000-40,000

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3014° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1849, 2p Pale Blue (SG Specialised ES13; SG 13; Scott 4a). Block of 36, Plate 4, lettered L-D to O-L, original gum, couple h.r.'s, mostly large margins to touching in a few places at left and right, bright color, few creases and small faults such as light thin, small scissor cut at bottom and some gum staining, which should be expected on an early multiple of this size

FINE-VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 1849 2-PENCE PALE BLUE FROM PLATE 4. THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Blocks of this issue in any size are rare, as evidenced by the large difference in the SG Specialised catalogue value for a block versus four singles. A review of major Great Britain collections containing early Line-Engraved multiples located blocks of four, six or even nine, but nothing of the magnitude of this block for any of the plates used for the White Lines Added issue.

Ex Adams, Griffiths and Baillie. SG as eight blocks of four and two pairs of the cheapest shade (Blue) is £436,000. (Image)

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E. $ 75,000-100,000

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3015° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 2p Blue (SG Specialised ES14; SG 14; Scott 4). Plate 4, lettered R-L, original gum, lightly hinged, full margins all around, intense shade and impression

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1841 2-PENCE FROM PLATE 4.

Ex Baillie. With 1983 B.P.A. certificate. SG £6,250. Scott $4,500.00 (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,600.00
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3016° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1855, 2p Blue (SG Specialised F6(1); SG 34; Scott 17). Block of 30 with selvage at right and inscription "to remove the Cement.", Plate 5, lettered O-G to S-L, original gum, most stamps appear Mint N.H. with the exception of a couple h.r.'s at top, particularly fresh color on bright paper, the block also contains three constant varieties, P-K with "Double letter" [SG Spec. F6(1)e], P-J with dented frame above "P" [SG Spec. F6(1)f] and R-G and S-G showing colored roller flaw on "W" of "TWO" [listed as a footnote below F6(1)], small perf flaw on position S-G and couple minute toned spots

VERY FINE AND STUNNING MULTIPLE OF THE 2-PENCE PERFORATED 14 FROM PLATE 5. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE ISSUE AND AN IMPORTANT PIECE FOR ANY LINE-ENGRAVED COLLECTOR OR EXHIBITOR.

Ex Fraser and Baillie. With 1983 B.P.A. certificate (not noting any faults). SG as six hinged blocks of four and six hinged singles £111,000, which only hints at the spectacularly rare nature of this multiple. (Image)

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E. $ 50,000-60,000

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3017° P ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Rose Red and Lake Red, Imprimaturs (SG Specialised G1 Imprimatur; SG 43P-44P; Scott 33P). 119 different plate numbers of the 150 that exist as imprimaturs, neatly mounted on hingeless album pages, each with sheet margin at either left or right (lettered B-A or B-L), nearly all with large to ample margins on other sides, some with light pencil notations in margin, incredibly fresh color overall

EXTREMELY FINE. AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE ASSEMBLAGE OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1864 ONE-PENNY RED. THIS COLLECTION ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY 80% OF THE PLATE POSITIONS -- EACH AS A GEM SINGLE WITH SHEET-MARGIN. WITHOUT QUESTION THIS COLLECTION WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO REPLICATE.

Imprimaturs from Plates 71-225 are known with the exception of 75, 77, 126, 128 and 158. Ex Gross. SG £50,575. (Image)

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E. $ 30,000-40,000

SOLD for $25,000.00
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3018° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Lake Red (SG Specialised G1(2); SG 44; Scott 33b). Top right plate no. 146 corner selvage block of six, lettered A-J to B-L, with part inscription "the Back be careful not to remove the Cement." along top, original gum, lightly hinged (couple stamps possibly Mint N.H.), bold color, gum creasing mostly in selvage, Very Fine and collectible plate block, ex Baillie (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $600.00
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3019° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1864, 1p Lake Red, Imperforate on Dr. Perkins Blued Paper (SG Specialised G1(2)i; SG 44a; Scott 33c var). Block of four, Plate 121, lettered Q-E to R-F, original gum, top pair lightly hinged, bottom pair Mint N.H., large to ample margins all around, wonderful depth of color with sharp impression, light gum creases

FINE-VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE MULTIPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-PENNY FROM PLATE 121 ON DR. PERKINS BLUED PAPER.

This trial paper supplied by Dr. Perkins was chemically treated, causing the slightly blued hue, in order to prevent the removal of cancels. A few sheets were used to print the 1p Lake Red from Plate 121, 2p Blue from Plates 9 and 13 and the 1-1/2p Lake Red from Plate 1. Multiples of any size are seldom encountered.

Ex Baillie. With 1983 R.P.S. certificate. SG as singles £26,000. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
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3020° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1858, 2p Blue (SG Specialised G2; SG 45; Scott 29). Top left plate no. 9 corner selvage block of 24, watermark Ty. II, lettered A-A to D-F, with part inscription "PRICE 2d. Per Label. 2/- Per Row of 12. £1...Per Sheet. Place the Labels ABOVE the Address and towa(rds)" along top, most stamps appear Mint N.H. with the exception of three stamps at bottom lightly hinged, position D-C with small thin, some minor gum bends mostly in selvage

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL SHOWPIECE BLOCK OF 24 OF THE 2-PENCE FROM PLATE 9. RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN A MULTIPLE OF THIS SIZE.

It is interesting to note the selvage inscription of this block for a price of the sheet versus the 1p stamp. The traditional form of currency was 12p per shilling and 20sh per pound, making 240 pence per pound. Sheet inscriptions on the 1p state a sheet cost £1 which is 240 stamps. On the 2p, which is shown here, a sheet costs £1 as well, which is 120 stamps. Therefore, the sheets were printed in the 240 stamp format and cut into two panes prior to having been sold at the post office.

Ex Baillie. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
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3021° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1869, 2p Deep Blue (SG Specialised G3(2); SG 47; Scott 30). Bottom right plate no. 15 corner selvage block of fifteen with current no. 227, lettered R-H to T-L, with part inscription "(H)AND SIDE of the Letter. In Wetting the Back be careful not to remove the Cement." along bottom, original gum, top row with a couple h.r.'s, bottom two rows appear Mint N.H., deep rich color

VERY FINE AND HANDSOME PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 2-PENCE DEEP BLUE FROM PLATE 15. A VISUALLY STRIKING LINE-ENGRAVED MULTIPLE.

Ex Baillie. (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,750.00
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3022° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1870, -1/2p Rose, Imperforate One Side (With Selvage) (SG Specialised G4(2)g; SG 48; Scott 58). Block of 84, lettered N-M to T-X, imperforate between right vertical column and sheet margin which also contains part of the inscription, Mint N.H. with the exception of some paper adhesion on O-X and h.r. on T-X, remarkably fresh color

VERY FINE. A RARE LARGE-SIZED MULTIPLE OF THE HALF-PENNY ROSE, ADDITIONALLY WITH THE IMPERFORATE BETWEEN STAMP AND MARGIN AT RIGHT, IN A PERFECT STATE OF PRESERVATION.

Ex Baillie. With 1982 B.P.A. certificate. (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,750.00
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