Spink achieved a spectacular price during their sale of Western Australia from The Vestey Collection. The sale was predicted to achieve very high prices, but one lot exceeded Spink’s highest estimates and expectations. Lot 96, a single 4d. blue stamp with variety frame inverted, with very clear margins on three sides but touched along the left, cancelled by a black void obliterator though the variety is clearly visible. Only fifteen examples of this variety are recorded of which one is in the Royal Collection and five are in institutions. This stamp is a unique example of a rare and valuable stamp, however its very irregular aesthetics offer an interesting insight into the printing process of philately. The 4d. value was prepared using a transfer of 60 positions from the Perkins, Bacon engraved 1d. plate design. The frames were then painted out and individually replaced by

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