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Census of 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Center Inverted (Scott 121b)



  • Unused (no gum)
  • Tiny wrinkling at top left corner
  • c. 1900-16 Sold to Arthur Hind (possibly the Sir William B. Avery copy discovered by Charles J. Phillips; the Avery collection was sold privately in 1909)
  • 1933 Nov. 20 Hind sale, Phillips-Kennett, lot 399, $2,500 to Scott Stamp & Co. (either as agent for or later sold to Philip H. Ward Jr.)
  • 1940’s-1963 Retained by Ward for his personal collection of Inverts until his death on 8/23/1963
  • 1963 Ward stock and personal collection acquired by Weills for $1.1 million
  • 1964 Sold to Benjamin D. Phillips for $9,400 by Weills (Phillips bought a large number of items from the Ward collection)
  • 1968 Oct. Phillips collection sold privately to Weills for $4.07 million
  • 1970 Mar. 24 Siegel 1970 Rarities of the World, Sale 371, lot 86, $32,000, reported sold to a Texas collector
  • 1979 Reported sold to Weills by Texas collector
  • 1981 Apr. 29 Siegel 1981 Rarities of the World, Sale 579, lot 173, $125,000
  • 1987 Sold to Ryohei Ishikawa in private transaction brokered by Harvey R. Warm (source unknown)
  • 1993 Sep. 29 Ishikawa sale, Christie’s NY, lot 742, $105,000 hammer to William H. Gross (Charles and Tracy Shreve as agents)
  • PFC 276522 “Genuine with light wrinkling at bottom left center” (1993)
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