Auction: 1016 - Important Stamps & Covers
Pitcairn Islands 1964-65 1/2d. lower right corner block of nine with plate numbers, all with variety blue omitted, fine unmounted mint. Pierron PT72MCa, £11,250; S.G. 36a, £5,400+ Estimate £ 6,000-8,000 Note: The missing blue causes the loss of colour from the clothing of three people on the boat. The error came from a batch of 49 sequentially numbered sheets purchased on the Island at the time of issue by a dealer. The error remained undiscovered until early 2008 - some 44 years after issue. Most of sheet number 1204 was affected by the error; just seven examples from the lower left of the sheet were unaffected. Sheets either side of 1204 were also unaffected.