Lot# 5122 - Auction 227-233
Recess at the Santiago Post Office from Perkins Bacon plates - 'Estancos' 1856/61: 10 c. sky blue, wmk. pos. 1, the famous unused sheet marginal block of nine and a half stamps with the ninth stamp bisected diagonally (which also illustrates that the Post Office clerks pre-cut the bisects prior to sale - proved by covers offered in this sale), with full sheet margin at right and italic "Es preciso colocar las estampas arriba de la direccion hacia la derecha" imprint in blue; positions 71-72/119-120. The block with three horizontal and one vertical crease not greatly affecting the appearance with stamps one, three and ten with shaved margins, however the block does boast large part original gum. A fine proving piece demonstrating the late use of Plate 1 with the Estancos. Despite faults, a truly spectacular and extremely rare multiple, the largest recorded in this shade. Illustrated in Galvez 'Los Primeros Sellos de Chile' on colour plate 3. Cert. Philatelic Foundation (1997).rnrnProvenance: Collection Joaquin Galvez, Corinphila sale 62, May 1979, lot 3471; Collection 'Islander', Corinphila sale 95, Dec 1996, lot 936.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 4,500 CHF
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