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Lot# 3083 - Auction 234-243

  • Lot# : 3083 Great Britain

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    1853: Embossed 10 d. brown, Die 3, an unused corner marginal block of eight (4 x 2), the top two rows of the sheet, with clear to huge margins all round, clear embossing, small marginal thin to paper well away from the designs, unobtrusive central vertical crease in margins only, hinged at top to prevent thread splitting, of superb freshness and deep vibrant colour, one or two light age spots on large part og. with stamps unmounted og. The third largest multiple recorded, with just two known blocks of eight, this being the finer as the Maurice Burrus block from Die 4 is cut into at base. A fantastic multiple of great rarity for the connoisseur of classic philately. Cert. BPA (1989) Gi H2(2) = £ 180'000.rnProvenance: Robson Lowe, London, 25 May 1995, lot 2063. Purchased by W.E. Lea.rnrnNote: The largest multiple is a block of sixteen from Die 2, ex collection Martello (1934), Burrus and Griffiths. The second largest recorded block in the Karl Louis Card Index was ex Ridout (1894) and was in a Harmers auction in 1934 and has not been seen since.There are four blocks of eight, the Lord Crawford block (Die 3) housed is in the Royal Collection, the 'Mayfair Find' (1925) block which was later cut into a block of four and two pairs, and the Maurice Burrus block which is cut into at base (ex collection Bill Gross, June 2007).rn                    
    Starting bid : 50,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 50,000 CHF