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  • £1 brown-lilac IR Official stamp valued at $59,000 ahead of Spink sale
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    Paul Fraser
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£1 brown-lilac IR Official stamp valued at $59,000 ahead of Spink sale

A £1 brown-lilac IR Official stamp issued between 1884 and 1888 will auction Spink London on April 14 with a £35,000 ($58,611) estimate.

The lot will provide the highlight of the hotly anticipated Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection of Great Britain sale.

If you're interested in philatelics, check out our selection of stamps for sale. We have a broad selection of British issues, including this superb Penny Black.

IR official British
This 1884-1888 stamp was designated for internal use by the Inland Revenue

Few brown-lilacs have survived due to the use of fugitive inks, which wash away under water and were designed to prevent recipients removing the stamps through soaking.

This unused example was set aside for internal mailing by the Inland Revenue and features the desirable "IR OFFICIAL" overprint.

It retains a large portion of the original gum and is offered in very fine condition.

An 1883-1884 cobalt blue 10 shilling with part of its original gum is valued at £20,000 ($33,492).

10 shilling stamp British
The 10/ blue cobalt is one of only a few surviving examples

It's exceptionally well centred with a superb impression and is one of very few examples available in this particular shade.

A £1 dull blue-green IR Official from 1902-1904 is another highlight, marred only by some minor hinge marks at the top.

It carries an identical estimate of £20,000 ($33,492).  

In January a 1927 Newfoundland 60c black "Air Mail/De Pinedo/1927" overprint made $45,000 at the auction of the Dauer's North American and Canadian collection at Spink New York.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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