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Eugene Klein

Eugene Klein
Eugene Klein
Eugene Klein (1878-1944) was an internationally known stamp collector, stamp dealer, and auctioneer, based in Philadelphia.

Klein held his first auction in 1911 as Eugene Klein, Inc. After holding 24 sales, he established his own company, Eugene Klein, in 1914. Between 1914 and 1947 the firm held 184 additional auctions. Among the famous collections he sold were those of Henry Gibson, Eugene Bandholtz and Wharton Sinkler. Klein also sold the famous collection of Joseph Steinmetz in seven parts from 1929-1931.

Klein is remembered as the dealer who bought the sheet of the 24-cent "inverted Jenny" air mail stamps from the finder, William T. Robey. He then sold the full sheet to Colonel Edward H.R. Green, who gave Klein permission to break up the sheet and sell some copies to other collectors.

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