Prestige Philately Auction 211 CatalogueVICTORIA
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Displaying 16 Lots in Category - VICTORIA
1854-55 Woodblocks Imperf 6d 'TOO LATE' SG 33 enormous marginal example from the left of the sheet, margins large to huge, superb Barred Oval '2' cancel of Geelong, Cat £250. A magnificent stamp that is possibly the finest example recorded. Ex Roland Geitenbeek.
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1855-56 Campbell & Fergusson "Queen-on-Throne" 2d purple with 'TVO PENCE' Creased Transfer SG 36ab, margins close to good, tiny natural paper imperfections as often found in this issue, Barred Numeral '1' cancel of Melbourne, Cat £1200. One of the most famous Victorian varieties. Ex Rodney Perry. RPSofV Certificate (1978) signed by JRW ("Bill") Purves.
1860-66 Beaded Ovals 6d orange SG 93, unused, Cat £7500. From the standpoint of a simplified collection, this is the rarest Victorian postage stamp . Geoff Kellow at page 136 states "Unused, only about a dozen singles are known", of which - despite the poor centring - this is one of the largest and finest examples.
Kellow also notes that the 6d Orange was far more highly regarded 100 years ago. In 1909, King George V paid £50 for his unused example, a price that at the time "would have been sufficient for a very fine copy of the Canada 12d black", now Cat £200,000 unused & £100,000 used.
1884 Stamp Statute V/Crown £1 slate-violet/yellow SG 229, large-part o.g., Cat £2500.
1884-96 Large Stamp Duty Lithographed 1d blue-green Perf 13 block of 6 (3x2), the left-hand units with Marginal Watermark 'POSTAGE', some perf separation/rejoining, large-part o.g., Cat £840++. Ex JRW Purves.
1884-96 Large Stamp Duty 6d ultramarine, 1/- blue/blue, 1/6d rosine (no gum), 2/- blue/yellow, 2/6d yellow-orange, 3/- purple/blue, 6/- apple-green, 10/- grey-green, 15/- brown, £1 orange/yellow, £1/5/- pink, £1/10/- dull olive, £2 blue & 45/- lilac, each with Kellow & Turner Type 24 or 24a (Damaged 'S') 'Specimen.' Handstamp, large-part o.g.
1884-96 Large Stamp Duty Typographed 3/- drab SG 268 with Kellow & Turner Type 12c 'SPECIMEN' Handstamp (small seriffed letters, no stop), large-part o.g. [Les Molnar's similar example sold at the Prestige auction of 29.6.2012 for $299.
1884-96 Large Stamp Duty the Unissued Denominations complete set of plate proofs on unwatermarked paper comprising 7/- violet (defective), 8/- salmon-pink, 9/- greenish blue/yellow, 11/- lemon-yellow, 12/- dull claret, 13/- bistre/yellow, 14/- pale blue (badly faded, apparently having been the subject of a chemical experiment, endorsed "Proof" in red), 16/- grey-brown, 17/- olive/blue, 18/- red-violet/pink (thinned) and 19/- blue-violet/blue (thinned & with a repaired fault at lower-right), all with the gum removed. Ex Henry Harvey and Rodney Perry. Except for the 14/-, these are the examples illustrated by Geoff Kellow on Colour Plate 14.
Gibbons, in a footnote below SG 279, states that the values offered here were prepared but were never issued. Geoff Kellow, at page 246 lists these stamps as being in colours the same as or similar to those noted by us, except for the 19/-, which is erroneously stated to be in "blue-green". He records only two other sets - one of which includes a 15/- in an unissued design - and states "All these perforated proofs are more or less faulty". That is a rather harsh generalisation: the 9/-, 11/-, 12/-, 13/-, 16/- & 17/- offered here are all fine to very fine.
1884-1900 Ultra-High Values Recess with Wmk '33' £25 deep green SG 283b (large-part o.g.), £50 black-violet SG 284a (large-part o.g.) and £100 aniline crimson SG 285c (no gum) each with two impressions of Kellow & Turner Type 24 'Specimen.' Handstamp, the £25 also with manuscript "Cancelled" & the £50 also with manuscript "Specimen". Ex Rodney Perry. [Les Molnar's similar £25 sold at the Prestige auction of 29.6.2012 for $1495. His £100 with manuscript "Specimen" only sold for $1725. He had no similar £50]
1885-95 Naish 'STAMP DUTY' 4d lilac Error of Colour SG 300b, unusually very well centred, some characteristic irregular perfs, part-o.g., Cat £7500. An unusually attractive example of this important and famous error. RPSofV Certificate (2002). [Geoff Kellow states at page 258 "There are nine unused copies known, including [two] pairs". In other words, only five unused singles have been recorded]
1885 'STAMP - DUTY' Overprints 1/- bright blue/blue as SG 306 but the Unauthorised Reprint on Wmk '33' Paper lower-right corner block of 20 (5x4), most units are unusually well centred, minor gum-side blemishes, large-part o.g. Mentioned by Gibbons in a footnote below SG 309. [SG 306/b were printed on the first type of V/Crown Paper, on which there are obvious "antennae" on the left- & right-hand pearls on the crown]
1896-99 Wmk '82' 15/- brown SG 350, large-part o.g., Cat £750.
1901-10 V/Crown £1 imperforate plate proof block of 4 - plus a significant portion of the two adjoining units at left - in rose-carmine on ungummed unwatermarked paper BW #V125PP(2), margins just clear to huge, initialled on the face "JBC/3.5.10" by the Stamp Printer JB Cooke, Cat $20,000. Unique! Illustrated in the ACSC.
1901-10 V/Crown 6d emerald Irregular Compound Perf 12½x12½x12½x11 BW #V96 (SG 414), well centred, very fine 'CLIFTON HILL/OC7/03/VIC' cds, undercatalogued at $3000 (£1400). Unique in private hands! [Geoff Kellow at page 306, and in the ACSC, states that only two examples, both cancelled at Clifton Hill on 7.10.1903, have been recorded. The other stamp, with Perf 11 at right, is in the Royal Collection. We expect it was formerly a pair with this stamp]
1905-13 Crown/A Perf 12½ £1 dull rose with the Watermark Upright BW #127Daa (SG 431abVar) marginal block of 4 from the top of the sheet, well centred, full unmounted o.g., Cat $2400++ (£1400++) mounted. Pristine! A remarkable multiple of the highest quality. Ex Australia Post Archival Sale Number One (Lot 80).
Geoff Kellow at page 314 refers to this item - then a block of 6 - as being "the largest multiple in private hands". With the two lower units having been removed, it is now the equal-record multiple. If this was a First Watermark Kangaroo £1 block of 4 of this quality, there would be another zero on the estimate.
1905-13 Crown/A £1 KEVII Irregular Compund Perf 12½x11x11x12½ BW #V129 (SG 453a), CTO with 'MELBOURNE/MR22/11' cds, grossly undercatalogued at $5000 (but £12,000 in Gibbons). Unique , and one of the outstanding rarities of the 1901-1912 Commonwealth period. Ex Rodney Perry. The ACSC states "Only one example is recorded...from a parliamentary presentation set", which repeats Geoff Kellow's statement in "The Stamps of Victoria" at page 314.
Unlike many perforation varieties that need to be measured to be recognised for what they are, the different perf gauges on this stamp are immediately apparent and this visual recognition greatly adds to the stamp's significance and desirability. If this was an American stamp - think of the 1c "Z" Grill, that can be identified only from the reverse - it could be expected to sell for $US2,000,000+. A more immediate comparison can be drawn with the unique Third Watermark 5/- Kangaroo with Sideways Watermark. That ugly but unique stamp sold at auction in 2007 for $US92,000 ($A118,000) despite having obvious defects.