Mauritius 1847 Post Office 2d Blue (Chartwell Collection)

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2015-06-26 10:39:21

Main article: Mauritius 1847 Post Office 2d BlueThe Mauritius 1847 Post Office 2d Blue (Chartwell Collection) is a highly prized specimen of the Mauritius 1847 Post Office 2d Blue postage stamp issue.

It is one of only 27 Post Office Mauritius stamps known to exist.

The specimen was purchased for £29,000 by renowned philatelist Sir Humphrey Cripps for his Chartwell Collection of Great Britain and British Empire stamps in 1972. He almost immediately turned down an offer of £39,000 for the stamp.

Spink auctioned the stamp for £1.08m on June 28 2011.

Description

The specimen is described by Spink as the “lightest cancelled” of the Mauritius Post Office issues, featuring a neat cancel at the bottom left-hand corner.

The stamp has recently undergone some minor restoration to the lower right segment of the corner ornament. Work was carried out prior to the 1963 Maurice Burrus sale on the value tablet.

Provenance

  • 1869: Discovered by Madame Borchard
  • 1869: Acquired by French collector Martineau in an exchange
  • 1872: Bought by Madame Desbois
  • September 16 1872: Bought by JB Moens for Fr.100
  • September 20 1872: Purchased by Baron Arthur de Rothschild for Fr.600
  • March 1893: Philipp la Renontiere bought Baron Arthur de Rothschild’s collection for £5,600
  • 1923: Bought by Maurice Burrus for £720 at a Ferrary auction
  • 1963: Purchased for £3,300 in 1963 at the Maurice Burrus Mauritius sale
  • 1972: Bought by Sir Humphrey Cripps for £29,000. He subsequently turned down an offer of £39,000 for the specimen
  • 2011: On June 28 2011, at the Spink and Son sale of the Chartwell Collection, the stamp was sold for £1.08m (including buyer's premium), making it the most expensive postage stamp ever sold at a British auction.

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