The spectacular example of a frame inversion error heads Corbitts' rare stamps sale:- Near the end of the month, the Newcastle (UK) auctioneer Corbitts is offering a sale of rare stamps as the main part of their All World Public Auction, which comprises 2,130 lots.
As is typical of Corbitts the sale is quite eclectic. Stamps from all over the world are covered from British Penny Blacks & Reds and Two Penny Blues through US Civil War covers, from Egypt to Brazil and Hong Kong.
There are also a handful of autographs and other collectibles. Deltiologists will be particularly happy with the range of postcards on offer. But the most exciting piece seems fairly clear.
That is a beautiful example of a Jamaican 1 shilling orange inverted frame. The 1920 orange-yellow and orange-red stamp is one of just 20 known, of which eight exist in two blocks of four.
The attractive and fresh piece, with deep colour, is one of the most desirable British Commonwealth rarities, and would make an excellent centrepiece to a collection of Caribbean stamps, or a good investment. It is offered with a guide price of £10,000.
There is also a collection of Hong Kong stamps from 1862 to 2006. The wide-ranging selection has a guide price of £3,000, but in reality is likely to fetch more than this, especially as the value of such stamps is likely to increase.