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Lot 568

1843, 'Bull's Eye' 60 reis black, intermediate impression, complete pane of 18 stamps from the composite plate in almost flawless condition, nice fresh colour and large margins on all sides with outer framelines at top, right and bottom (so-called semi-xifopagos), lightly cancelled by framed "CIDADE DE NICTHEROY", a tiny nick at top in the outer frameline, far off the stamps mentioned for accuracy only. A beautiful multiple of great rarity and one of the highlights of Brazil first issue. Signed Alberto Diena in pencil. Provenance: Maurice Burrus (1963), Tefik Kuyas (1978), Gordon N. John (1986)