Position 45-46/55-56 - 1991-09-25 Transaction Summary




Purchase Date:
1991-09-25
How Purchased:
Auction
Where Purchased:
Christie's Robson Lowe
Auction No.:
KOBACKER-7316
Lot No.:
564
Sound/Fault:
Sound
Catalogue Value:
$ 575,000
Realized:
$ 550,000
Seller:

Description

24c Carmine Rose & Blue, center inverted (C3a), positions 45-46/55-56, block of four with vertical and horizontal guidelines crossing at center, rich colors, beautifully centered, the gum is slightly disturbed as it has always been since Green's ownership

In the 24th Green sale held in 1946 by Eugene Costales, this centerline position block was bought by Y. Souren for $22,000 and sold to John Stilwell. After Stilwell 's death, it was featured on the catalogue cover of the first Robert A. Siegel Rarities sale held in 1964. The block was bought by Raymond and Roger Weill of New Orleans for $67,000. It has not appeared at auction since that sale, changing ownership through private transactions on at least three occasions.

EXTREMEL Y FINE. A MAGNIFICENT BLOCK FROM THE CENTER OF THE ORIGINAL SHEET OF ONE HUNDRED ERRORS DISCOVERED BY WILLIAM T ROBEY. DESCRIBED AS THE 'GEM' OF THE ENTIRE GREEN COLLECTION IN THE 1946 COSTALES AUCTION AND STILL RANKED AMONG THE TOP PHILATELIC ITEMS IN THE WORLD.

With Philatelic Foundation certificate

Note: This was purchased by Harry Hagendorf of Columbian Stamp Company, who was acting as agent for a west coast collector.
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