Position 41-42/51-52 - 1999-05-15 Transaction Summary



Purchase Date:
1999-05-15
How Purchased:
Auction
Where Purchased:
Siegel Auction Galleries
Auction No.:
811
Lot No.:
246
Sound/Fault:
Fault
Catalogue Value:
$ 675,000
Realized:
$ 0
Seller:
Buyer:

Description

24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a). Left sheet margin block of four, discreetly rejoined along horizontal perfs, Positions 41-42/51-52, rich colors and well-centered, excellent impression, slightly mount-disturbed original gum, pinpoint thin spot in top left stamp

VERY FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE POSITION PIECE OF THIS FAMOUS ERROR. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF AMERICAN PHILATELY.

This block was one of the few position pieces retained by Colonel Edward H.R. Green from his purchase of the discovery sheet. It was likely broken into two part arrow pairs by Col. Green. The block was offered in the Green sale of March 25, 1946, where it was purchased by New York dealer Y. Souren. Souren rejoined the block and sold it to a New York collector, L.D. White, in 1947. White sold it to New Orleans dealers Raymond and Roger Weill in 1950. The Weill Brothers placed the block with a collector, Mr. Phillips, in November 1950. In 1968, the Weills purchased the block from the estate of Mr. Phillips. The block was sold again by the Weill Brothers in 1970, to a Western collector, Mr. P. The block was repurchased in 1984 from the heirs of Mr. P.

Ex Green, White, Phillips, "Mr. P.". With 1989 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a block of four
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