Lot# 4531 - Auction 234-243
Typographed by M.J. Viljoen in Pretoria 1870 (May 24): 1 s. yellow green, coarse impression, on thicker hard paper, an unused imperforate block of four showing variety: "first stamp both vertically and horizontally tête-bêche", from the right pane positions 1-2/9-10, with clear to large margins all round, of fine colour and superb large part yellow streaky original gum. There are six recorded pairs, of which four are housed in museum collections and one in private hands. There are two blocks of four, this block and one in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A great rarity of both Transvaal, South African and British Colonial philately, with just this block of four remaining in private hands and thus unique to collectors. Cert. RPSL (1941) Gi = £ 28'400+.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Philippe Ferrary de la Renotière, Paris, Sale 8, 7-9 Nov 1923, lot 340.rn Collection Arthur Hind, Harmers, London, 11-14 June 1934, lot 825.rn Collection C.J.L. Snowden.rn Allan B. Leverton.rn Collection Ernest Hunt RDP.rn Collection Major Harold Criddle, Robson Lowe, London, 25 Feb 1992, lot 54.rnrnFurther reference: Major Harold Criddle article in the 'London Philatelist' (Volume 90, Nov-Dec 1981). Illustrated in 'The Tête-Bêche' Varieties of Transvaal by Alan Drysdall and Major Harold Criddle on the front cover and on page 12.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 9,500 CHF
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