Queen Victoria Will Reign at Stanley Gibbons June Stamp and Postal History Auction
1d Red Plate 225 in mint block of 4 and 2d Blue Steel blue Multiple
The two-day Stamps and Postal History of the World sale at Stanley Gibbons Strand salerooms comprises over 1500 lots, with a number of significant single items, multiples and items of postal history appearing in the Great Britain section which will be auctioned from 10am on Friday 22nd June.
The Great Britain section starts with a good selection of postal history, with a 7 May 1840 Penny Black cover (£4600-5000) and another Penny Black on cover to France in 1841 estimated at £4000-4400.
The GB stamps start with essays and imprimaturs being followed by a nice selection of line-engraved issues like the pictured above 1840 2d steel blue in a strip of five estimated at £2600-3000 (lot 1145) and a mint block of four of the plate 225 1d red estimated at £5000-6000 (lot 1200).
The Queen Victoria section of the sale also includes five examples of the £5 Orange with a spectacular vertical strip of three lettered CK-CM at £2000-2400.
The King Edward VII section includes an unused collection which contains most Part 1 listed shades, estimated at £7000-8000 and Queen Elizabeth includes the rare 4d Flowers phosphor with agate omitted at £2000-2400 (lot 1427).
The sale commences at 10.00a.m. each day and, alone among the major London auction houses, Stanley Gibbons is holding its buyer's premium at 15 per cent.
Download the auction catalogue in PDF format: http://www.stanleygibbons.com/images/sg/auctions/catalogues/PA5867_catalogue.pdf
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