1854 4 annas pair to auction in Singapore stamp sale

A pair of 1854 4 annas will lead a September 10 auction of Indian stamps held by Spink in Singapore.

The issue was the first British Empire stamp to incorporate two colours and is considered a classic rarity among philatelists.

4 annas stamps
The 1854 4 annas stamp is a classic Indian rarity

Multiples are extremely scarce and fetch a premium. This example is from the fourth printing and is expected to make around $14,937-18,671.

The first printing famously includes an invert error, with Queen Victoria's head appearing upside down.

One of these sold for £105,390 ($139,884) in 2010, a figure that remains the record for the issue.

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