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The colour of the 5c issue was changed from dark red to brick red in 1858 and discontinued two years later in 1860. Only around 135,000 brick reds were printed. Of these few have survived and even fewer with their original gum.
The auction house comments: “After surveying dozens of classic United States sale catalogues, we found approximately twenty examples of Scott 27 with original gum, allowing for duplicate offerings and excluding the one known original-gum block.”
“Of the stamps we counted, about half had perfs touching on two sides or were deeply cut into on one side. Almost two-thirds had stains or small faults. This sound example is a rarity among rarities.”
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