1910 2d Tyrian Plum sells for $77,800 at UK stamp auction


2015-06-26 13:00:31


1910 2d Tyrian Plum sells for $77,800 at UK stamp auction

The 1910 2d Tyrian Plum is one of the great rarities of British philately

One of just 12 extant examples of the 1910 2d Tyrian Plum was the star performer at a UK stamp auction on October 3.

The rarity sold for 48,300 ($77,826) at the Commander HM Simpson sale of Great Britain stamps, just below its 50,000-60,000 estimate.

1910 2d Tyrian PlumThe 1910 2d Tyrian Plum made 48,300

Just 12 examples exist today from an original printing by De la Rue of more than 100,000 sheets.

The majority of the 24m stamps delivered to the Inland Revenue were pulped following the death in May 1910 of the king whose head they bear, Edward VII.

Collectors have a further opportunity to own one of the rarities on October 11, when another example comes to auction.

Showing traces of a hinge and retaining a large amount of its original gum, it has a high estimate of 40,000 ($64,650).

They are among the most in-demand stamps on the market. Last yeara superb unused specimen sold for 102,000 ($164,850) at auction in London.

In2002 an unusedexample wasvalued at20,000 ($32,325),states the GB Concise 250 Index. Today the index lists the stampat110,000 ($178,800), corresponding to a 10% pa rise over the 10 year period.

VR OfficialThe VR Official, partly missing its original gum, sold for 5,290

We are proud to offer you our own 1910 2d Tyrian Plum today. Well centered and showing four good margins, it comes complete with a 1961 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity stating that the stamp is genuine.

The auction also featured an 1840 VR Official 1d black, a rarity from one of 21 surviving sheets from an original printing of 3323. Intended for use in government offices, the stamps were never officially released. It sold for 5,290 ($8,524), its value damaged by a part-absence of its original gum.

We are currently offering a stunning mint example of the VR official, which displays four excellent margins.

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