June 8, 02:11 PM GMT
5,000,000 - 7,000,000 USD
The Inverted Jenny Plate Block
24-Cent Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (Scott no. C3a)
The Unique Plate Number Block of Four, positions 87,88,97,98 with bottom sheet margin and blue plate number 8493. Pristine original gum that has been very lightly hinged and the normal natural gum creases associated with this issue. A barely perceptible inclusion at top right does not detract. Superbly centered and with fresh and vibrant colors.
Extremely Fine, the greatest showpiece and considered by many to be the most valuable item in United States Philately.
51 x 50 mm
William T. Robey (1918, the purchaser of the original sheet);
Eugene Klein (1918, who numbered each stamp lightly in pencil);
Colonel Edward H. R. Green (1918-1944);
Amos R. Eno (1944-1954);
Benjamin D. Phillips (1954-1968);
The Weill Brothers (1954-1989, the block was purportedly sold and repurchased at least once during this period);
Hambros Bank (1989);
Kerby Confer (1989-2005);
William H. Gross (2005);
Donald Sundman, Mystic Stamp Company (2005-2014);
Stuart Weitzman (2014-2021)
1971 New York, Anphilex November 26-December 1
1976 Philadelphia, Interphil May 29-June 6
2014-2021 New York Historical Society
1989 Philatelic Foundation Certificate number 214622
2005 Philatelic Foundation Certificate number 431538
Both certificates state “Genuine, Previously hinged”.