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I believe this is a bug in GraphicsGrid.

x = Graphics[Circle[]];
g1=GraphicsGrid[{{x, x, x}, {Item[x, Background -> Red], SpanFromLeft, x}, {x, x, x}}, Frame -> All];
g2=GraphicsGrid[{{x, Item[x, Background -> Red], x}, {x, SpanFromAbove, x}, {x, x, x}}, Frame -> All];
g3=GraphicsGrid[{{x, Item[x, Background -> Red], x}, {x, SpanFromAbove, x}, {x, SpanFromAbove, x}}, Frame -> All];
Row[{g1,g2,g3},"   "]

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SpanFromAbove do not works like expected, formats are not respected.

Changing GraphicsGrid into Grid we get:

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I tested this in V9 for Win and in V10 for Mac and Win.

share|improve this question
Agree it looks wrong. – Mike Honeychurch Jul 16 '14 at 3:59
confirm in MMa 8.0.4 and 10.0.0 under Win7 x64. Note that by default GraphicsGrid has Alignment -> {Center, Center} while Grid has Alignment -> {Center, Baseline}. – Alexey Popkov Jul 16 '14 at 6:45
Related: [Curious behavior using SpanFromLeft in Grid[]](…) – Jagra Jul 16 '14 at 11:57
The same on MMA 10.0.1 under Mac. – Murta Sep 17 '14 at 1:37
The same on MMA 10.1.0 under Mac and Windows – Murta Mar 31 '15 at 19:51

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