Position 81
Block 81-82/91-92

Positions 81-82/91-92, the unique siderographer's block
Positions 81-82/91-92, the unique siderographer's block

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Gum:

OGph

Condition:

Sound

Perf Condition:

Intact

Summary

The unique siderographer's block from the bottom left corner of the sheet. The initials "S. De B." in the selvage stand for Samuel De Binder, who made the steel plate. The right stamps have very slightly disturbed original gum.

When the corner margin block with siderographer's initials was offered in the 25th sale of Colonel E. H . R. Green's Collection by Eugene Costales, it was purchased for $17,000 by Y. Souren. It next appeared at auction in the sale of the Henry B. Close collection of United Stales stamps held by Eugene Costales in 1952, where it was bought by Ezra Cole for $22,000 on behalf of Josiah K. Lilly. When the Lilly collection was sold by Robert A. Siegel at auction in 1968, the corner block realized $100,000, then the world record price for a philatelic item. It was bought by Raymond and Roger Weill of New Orleans and placed with a collector. It subsequently changed ownership privately on at least three occasions, before being offered in the 1991 Kobacker sale. It was purchased at the Kobacker sale by Harry Hagendorf of Columbian Stamp Co., who was acting as an agent for a west coast collector

The block was purchased in 2002 by William H. Gross as part of a transaction, facilitated by Charles and Tracy Shreve, involving three Inverted Jenny blocks.

Owners:

Certification

1991
PF
Certificate No. 245000
 
BOTTOM LEFT CORNER MARGIN BLOCK OF FOUR WITH SIDEROGRAPHER'S INITIALS, POSITIONS 81-82, 91-92., IT IS GENUINE PREVIOUSLY HINGED AND THE RIGHT PAIR WITH SLIGHTLY DISTURBED O.G.

Transactions:

Date
Type
Where Sold
Seller
Buyer
Condition
Cat. Value
Realization
1918-05-20
Sound
$ 15,000
1918-05-21
Sound
$ 20,000
1946-02-18
Costales
Sound
$ 14,000
$ 17,000
1952-06-25
Costales
Sound
$ 20,000
$ 22,000
1968-02-08
Siegel
Sound
$ 90,000
$ 100,000
1991-09-25
Christie's
Sound
$ 550,000
$ 715,000
2002-05-20
Sound
$ 750,000

Graph of Realizations for This Position in Relation to Catalogue Value:

Date
Type
Where Sold
Condition
Cat. Value
Realization
% Cat. Val.
1946-02-18
Costales
Sound
$ 14,000
$ 17,000
1.214
1952-06-25
Costales
Sound
$ 20,000
$ 22,000
1.1
1968-02-08
Siegel
Sound
$ 90,000
$ 100,000
1.111
1991-09-25
Christie's
Sound
$ 550,000
$ 715,000
1.3
Position 81-82/91-92: Scott Catalog Value vs. Realizations
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