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

Surface Printed Issues, 1855-80 continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
3047° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1878, 6p Grey (SG Specialised J86; SG 147; Scott 62). Complete pane of 20 with full selvage inscription at top "Price: 6 Pence per Label, 2 Shillings per Row of 4, 1 Pound per Sheet of 40", partial plate no. 16 at bottom and red Crowned "Postage 6p" handstamp at left, wing margin at right, lettered P-A to T-D, original gum, few stamps lightly hinged but majority are Mint N.H., couple of gum bends and creases most prominent in top selvage, bold color

FINE-VERY FINE. A TRULY REMARKABLE COMPLETE PANE OF 20 OF THE 6-PENCE FROM PLATE 16. A SURFACE PRINTED RARITY AND UNLIKELY MANY COMPLETE PANES STILL EXIST.

Ex Latto and Baillie. SG as four blocks of four and singles £14,000 (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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3048° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1878, 6p Grey (SG Specialised J86; SG 147; Scott 62). Complete pane of 20 with selvage inscription at top "POSTAGE SIX PENCE.", wing margins at right, Plate 16, lettered K-A to O-D, original gum, couple h.r. sensibly reinforcing perfs though most are Mint N.H., couple mild bends, creases along perfs and slightly split between first and second column

FINE EXAMPLE OF ANOTHER COMPLETE PANE OF 20 OF THE 6-PENCE FROM PLATE 16. A RARE SURFACE PRINTED PANE, SELDOM OFFERED.

Despite the fact that the Bertsimas collection contains two panes, these multiples are by no measure common. It is unlikely that more than a couple others still exist.

Ex Latto and Baillie. SG as four blocks of four and singles £14,000. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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3049° nhbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1876, 8p Purple Brown, Unissued (SG Specialised J91; SG 156a; Scott 72). Block of four, Mint N.H., Plate 1, lettered E-C to F-D, rich color with a razor-sharp impression, light vertical gum crease thru left pair

FINE AND SPECTACULAR BLOCK OF THE UNISSUED 8-PENCE IN PURPLE BROWN. THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLES IN EXISTENCE.

The 8p was originally issued to prepay the then-rate of postage to India via Marseilles and Australia via Brindisi. Despite the need for the value immediately, the printing was cancelled and issue postponed after 10,000 sheets were printed. The Purple Brown resembled the Rosy Mauve of the 2-1/2p too closely. All of the sheets were supposed to have been destroyed. All known examples can be traced from their centering to the top left quarter of one sheet. Therefore, it is believed that no more than 60 exist in total. We are aware of only one larger multiple known, a bottom left corner selvage block of six (I-A to J-C) and one other that shares this size.

Ex Latto and Baillie. With 2005 B.P.A. certificate. SG as hinged £50,000. (Image)

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E. $ 20,000-30,000


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3050° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1876, 8p Orange (SG Specialised J91A; SG 156; Scott 73). Block of four, Plate 1, lettered F-C to G-D, original gum, top pair lightly hinged, bottom pair Mint N.H., excellent centering, wonderfully vibrant color on bright paper

VERY FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FRESH UNUSED BLOCK OF THE 8-PENCE ORANGE. RARE IN THIS PRISTINE CONDITION.

Ex Baillie. With 1983 B.P.A. certificate. SG £9,750. (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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3051° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1862, 9p Bistre (SG Specialised J92(1); SG 86; Scott 40d). Bottom left corner block of six with part inscription "PRICE. Ninepence per Label, 3 Shillings per Row of 4" inscription at bottom and wing margin at left, Plate 2, lettered D-I to E-K, original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade on fresh paper, couple light creases affecting outer vertical pairs and selvage

VERY FINE APPEARING MULTIPLE OF THIS RARE 9-PENCE BISTRE STAMP, EXPONENTIALLY SO AS AN UNUSED POSITION BLOCK OF SIX. AN IMPRESSIVE SURFACE-PRINTED RARITY AND STATED TO BE THE FINEST MULTIPLE IN EXISTENCE.

Ex "Maximus" and Baillie. With 1984 B.P.A. certificate. SG as block of Straw shade (the Straw single is valued at £3,750 versus the Bistre at £5,250) and two singles £32,500. (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000


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3052° og ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1862, 1sh Deep Green (SG Specialised J101(1); SG 89; Scott 42a). Plate 2 (showing Plate 1), lettered D-L, original gum, lightly hinged, strong color, Fine and scarce in sound original-gum condition, ex Gross, signed Bolaffi and A. Diena, SG £4,800, Scott $4,750.00 (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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3053° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1867, 1sh Green (SG Specialised J104(2); SG 117; Scott 54). Bottom left corner selvage block of six with "PRICE. One Shilling per Label, 4 Shillings per Row of 4" inscription at bottom, Plate 4, lettered N-A to O-C, slightly crackily original gum, few stamps appear Mint N.H., bold color, light gum bends and small tear in selvage at left

FINE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-SHILLING FROM PLATE 4.

Ex Baillie. SG as block and two singles £7,950. (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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3054° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1871, 1sh Deep Green (SG Specialised J105(1); SG 115; Scott 54a). Complete pane of 20 with full selvage at top with "POSTAGE ONE SHILLING" inscription, left and bottom with "PRICE. One Shilling per Label, 4 Shillings per Row of 4, One Pound per Sheet of 20" inscription at bottom, wing margin at right, Plate 5, lettered K-A to O-D, original gum, few stamps lightly hinged, mostly Mint N.H., excellent depth of color, crease thru second row, minute thin on O-D and small perf separation between first and second row at right

A VERY FINE AND SPECTACULAR COMPLETE PANE OF THE ONE-SHILLING IN THE SCARCE DEEP GREEN SHADE FROM PLATE 5. A SHOWPIECE COMPLETE PANE WHICH WE BELIEVE NO MORE THAN A FEW EXIST FROM ANY PLATE.

Ex Latto and Baillie. SG as four blocks (in the cheaper Green shade whereby singles are valued £200 cheaper) and four singles £24,000. (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000


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3055° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1876, 1sh Green (SG Specialised J113; SG 150; Scott 64). Bottom right corner selvage block of nine with part inscription "1 Shilling per Label, 4 Shillings per Row of 4, 1 Pound per Sheet of 20" at bottom and wing margin at right, Plate 13, lettered R-B to T-D, original gum, three stamps lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., bright color on fresh paper, small toned spot in selvage

FINE-VERY FINE AND HANDSOME BLOCK OF NINE OF THE ONE-SHILLING FROM PLATE 13. A RARE MULTIPLE OF THIS HIGH VALUE FROM THE SURFACE-PRINTED ISSUES.

Ex Baillie. SG as block of four and singles (which insufficiently reflects the rarity of a block of this size) is £6,875 (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000


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3056° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1sh Orange Brown (SG Specialised J117; SG 163; Scott 87). Block of 20, Plate 14, lettered A-A to E-D, original gum, few h.r.'s though ten stamps appear Mint N.H., warm shade, pulled perf at top affecting A-A and A-B, E-A with small thin spot

A VERY FINE AND EXTRAORDINARILY LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-SHILLING ORANGE BROWN FROM PLATE 14. THIS IS THOUGHT TO BE THE LARGEST MULTIPLE KNOWN IN PRIVATE HANDS.

This block is equal to £1 of unused postage, a hefty sum at the time. When adjusting for inflation and purchasing power, this represents about £100 of unused postage left by the wayside. As evidenced by the increase in catalogue value between four singles and a block of four in SG Specialised -- £2,700 as singles and £4,000 as a block -- one can only imagine what the premium is for a multiple of this magnitude. There is one larger multiple known, a block of 20 (ex Phillips) that has since been institutionalized.

Ex Latto and Baillie. SG as four blocks and four singles £18,700. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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3057° ogbl ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1867, 2sh Dull Blue (SG Specialised J118(1); SG 118; Scott 55). Block of four with part inscription "POSTAGE TW(O)" at bottom and wing margin at left, Plate 1, lettered S-E to T-F, original gum, fresh pastel shade with a sharp impression, light traces of a couple gum wrinkles

FINE AND IMMENSELY RARE UNUSED BLOCK OF THE 2-SHILLING DULL BLUE, PLATE 1. AN UNDER-APPRECIATED RARITY AS A MULTIPLE AND MISSING FROM EVEN THE MOST ADVANCED COLLECTIONS.

After an exhaustive review of numerous name auction sales in which singles and even used blocks show up with frequency, unused blocks (or even pairs) of this issue are rarely encountered. We are aware of only one larger multiple, a corner selvage block of six (ex Latto), although the block offered here is in arguably better condition and nicer appearance.

Ex Baillie. SG £20,000. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000


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