A Kenya and Uganda £100 red and black is to headline a sale of East Africa stamps from the Vestey Collection at Spink on January 28 with a £60,000-80,000 ($94,276-125,702) estimate.
The lot was issued as a revenue stamp between 1922 and 1927.
At first British colonial East Africa stamps were simply labelled "EAST AFRICA AND UGANDA PROTECTORATES". This changed in 1920, when Kenya became a crown colony, and the label was altered to "KENYA AND UGANDA".
Spink describes it as: "A magnificent showpiece and one of the great rarities of the British Commonwealth."
Another lot from the 1922-1927 issue, a £75 purple and gray, is valued at £40,000-50,000 ($62,851-78,564).
Also on offer is an 1891 Mombasa provincial cover displaying a 1 Anna on a 4a. brown horizontal strip of three.
It was sent by Captain FG Dundas of the Royal Navy to his son, who was serving aboard a ship near Malta. It bears a circular date stamp from there, as well as another from Salonica, where it was redirected.
The cover represents the earliest used example of this stamp, justifying a valuation of £20,000-25,000 ($31,388-39,235).
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