I do not doubt it.PeterS wrote:
As an aside, I remember reading in the ACSC that the 2 pound Kangaroo, although obsolete, could be obtained on application. A part sheet was purchased in 1949 (or thereabouts) and it was actually Small Multi WMK, long obsolete.
Veteran dealer legend Ken Baker (99 years old and still going strong!) bought a half sheet of 60 of the £2 Small Multi mint Roo (a full pane with imprint) in 1961 - at £20 a stamp - from Robson Lowe's.
Ken recently left me his amazing correspondence file for posterity, and anyone reading his stamp dealing history can imagine there is some amazing material in there! From the long article I wrote on Ken's stamp life, in 2007 -
Stuart Hardy is still alive and well in Adelaide and I imagine still has the record part sheet of 36 x mint £2 Roos I sold him. If so it would almost certainly be the most valuable Australian individual stamp piece in existence.
My elderly mother bid on my behalf for the complete MUH pane of sixty £2 stamps at Robson Lowe Auctions for me in 1961.
She told me afterwards Robbie Lowe was: "very courteous, and even arranged for me a nice cup of tea and a front row seat in the sale room." I paid £1,200 for this pane of 60, which at £20 per MUH small multiple watermark £2 Roo was a good buy I have always thought.
I urged Mother not to exceed £1,500 so was very pleased with her novice bidding skills.
Today these stamps nice unmounted mint sell for about $A8,000 apiece. In fact an Imprint block of 4 sold for $A142,500 in the Arthur Gray auction.
Stuart Hardy chose not to buy the complete pane, but offered me £30 each for the lower portion of the multiple. I recall him saying a block of 36 (6x6) fitted very neatly on to his album page.
He was clever enough to select the lower block, bearing the Ash imprint on the selvedge. I feel sure he now wishes he'd spent the other £720 and bought them all!
To tell the truth, selling the balance at £30 each was not easy in the early 1960s. How prices have changed. I do recall selling a block of 12 to Dr. Les Abramovich