Lot 11
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1840 1d. black Plate 7, S.G.AS44,

130,000 - 150,000 GBP
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AF/BH horizontal marginal block of 6 from the top of the sheet, part of the marginal inscription 'Address and towards the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the', large margins, superb colour and impression, small natural marginal inclusion below BH, light filing crease or bend affects the right side of AF/BF, extremely fresh on pristine white paper, full unmounted original gum. B.P.A. Certificate 1972. ONE OF THE FINEST MINT MULTIPLES OF THE PENNY BLACK EXTANT.

Catalogue Note

This remarkable block was a new discovery made in Scotland when sold by Stanley Gibbons Auctions in March 1972. It was offered with the original envelope of enclosure which bore the manuscript endorsement "Some Queens Heads given to Janet Davidson by her father the day before he took to his bed in his last illness." Sadly, this poignant memento is no longer with the block

Stanley Gibbons Auctions, March 1972
The "Wills" Collection, November 1989
Hassan Shaida, February 1992
The "Tess" Collection, October 1995
William H. Gross, June 2007