Post Office Mauritius (06), two pence, unused (VI) (1847)
- Museum voor Communicatie, Den Haag, Netherlands
2d. Unused. There is a blue spot over the letter AU of MAURITIUS. The design is cut into at the bottom right.
- Used on a letter to Borchard at Bordeaux.
- Found by Madame Borchard (in 1869 or earlier). The stamp was acquired by the dealer Madame Desbois, who sold the stamp to Legrand for Fr.250 (£10).
- Dealer Théophile Lemaire bought Legrand’s collection in July, valuing VI and VII at Fr.30,000 (£1,200). Both VI and VII sold later that year to Jules Bernichon for Fr.46,500 (£1,860).
- Henry Duveen bought VI for £1,200.
- Dealer W. H. Peckitt obtained both VI and XX (the Adam ball envelope) from Duveen in part exchange for III and X. Peckitt then sold VI and XX to Dutch collector Henry Manus.
- The Manus collection was auctioned by Plumridge (Manus died in 1931) and both VI (£1,750) and XX (£2,400) were bought by dealer Tom Allen.
- 193 (?)
- Acquired by King Carol of Romania.
- Both VI and XX were sold privately through the agency of Harmer, Rooke & Co. Ltd to Belgian collector René Berlingin.
- Both VI and XX were offered for sale at Stanley Gibbons’s ‘Anphilex’ New York auction, but VI remained unsold.
- Auctioned by Edgar Mohrmann in Hamburg and purchased by a European collector, the then owner of I and II.
- Purchased by the PTT Museum, The Hague, which later became the Museum voor Communicatie (Dutch Museum for Communication).
Prepared by: Helen Morgan
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Created: 14 March 2006, Last modified: 21 August 2006