Nicola Roberts, general manager at Penny Blacks
Wine & Ale House, said: "We love our current waterfront positioning and with all the exciting redevelopments taking place at The Mailbox we thought it would be a good time to refresh our own venue.
The collection includes the very finest examples of the penny black
and two pence blue, printed envelopes and letters relating to another of her private passions: Victorian sensations and scandals.
Lots include the UK's famous Penny Black
stamp, Indian rupees used by GCC countries before 1959, Saudi stamps dating back to the 1920s, a wooden Bahraini camera from the 1960s and a rare Coca-Cola bottle more than 100 years old.
ONE of the rarest examples of a Penny Black
stamp has been discovered in a North Wales derelict attic, hidden in pigeon droppings.
I've seen the Penny Black
example Jim's holding in the photograph.
Emma Moore, of the Royal Mail, said staff had been shocked to find out that there were so few Penny Blacks
across the UK.
AT the outset, let me make it absolutely clear: the famous Penny Black
stamp is nine times out of 10 worth between a few pounds and perhaps pounds 20.
They will print reproduction Penny Blacks
160 years after the stamp was first issued on May 6, 1840.
More than 200 guests from leading high street retail multiples and from the professional sector of the property world attended the Johnson Fellows annual cocktail party held at Penny Blacks
at The Mailbox.
Patrick O'Donovan, 54, took the Penny Blacks
, Twopenny Blues and Mulready Covers from Co Sligo collector Desmond Norton.
Paul Matthews, a dealer at Spink, said: "It is incredibly rare to see a perfect block of six penny blacks
like this and so close to the original issue date.
Nevertheless some Penny Blacks
are worth considerable sums.