Mafeking – 1d on 1/2d Vermilion Inverted Surcharge

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Only 18 thought to exist

Tied to piece by March 31 Mafeking cds, a few split perfs towards foot, otherwise fine.

History: 1994 May 26: Sold for £4’830 by Christie’s

The unique block of four (two pairs), the upper pair with surcharges types 1-2 upright and the lower pair with surcharge types 5-6 inverted, with ‘MR 31 1900’ circular datestamps. Only two further examples (both pairs) are thought to exist, one of which resides in the Royal Collection, cert. Brandon.

History: Harmers SA (18 February 1994 lot 1531 SFr60’000); Argyll Etkin Nov 2004 lot 241; Currently for sale by David Brandon P.O.R.

Cert. RPS (1938)

History: Grosvenor (Richard Tompkins collection) Nov 2006 lot 1318 realised £4’800+commission; For sale by David Brandon P.O.R.

History: Harmers SA (18 February 1994 lot 1530 SFr26’000); Ex Rossi (Warwick & Warwick)

History: Harmers SA (18 February 1994 lot 1529 SFr4’200)

Position 1

Mafeking 1/2d Vermilion Inverted SurchargeCert. BPA

History: Kelleher Auctions October 2010 lot 501 realised $2’185; Christoph Gaertner October 2014, lot 6713, estimate €4’000 (unsold)

Mafeking 1-2d vermilion inverted surchargeCert. RPS (1962)

History: Harry Birkhead collection (Spink March 2014, lot 180 sold for £4’000 plus 20% commission); For sale by Stanley Gibbons for £7’000

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