Australia 1942 King George VI 2½d. scarlet. Variety, ‘Tete-beche horizontal pair’. Superb mint condition. Quantity : less than 10 pairs are recorded. Illicitly removed from the Note Printing Branch during the 1940’s. This pair derives from a Booklet plate spoil and was originally part of a larger block. Pairs such as this appear on the market extremely infrequently. Even though deemed illicit, this occurred over 70 years ago and today’s Specialists consider this piece to be highly desirable and its Provenance unimportant. Demand for this item comes mainly from serious collectors of King George VI varieties. (This item is illustrated on the front cover of the Australian Specialised Brusden White catalogue). EXCEPTIONALLY RARE THUS.