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Census of 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (Scott 120b)



  • Formerly 120b-CAN-SC08
  • Block of four
  • Segmented cork cancel
  • Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. II, p. 182
  • Michael Laurence, “The 24¢ 1869 Invert Block,” Chronicle 85, Feb. 1975
  • Donna O’Keefe, Linn’s Philatelic Gems II, pp. 151-152
  • L. N. Williams, Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, Vol. I, p. 318
  • Scott R. Trepel, “The Ishikawa 1869s,” Chronicle 162, May 1994
  • Stamp Exhibition, Eden Musée, New York City, March 1889 (Thorne)
  • London Philatelic Exhibition 1897, held at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Great Britain (Thorne)
  • ANPHILEX 1971 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Weill)
  • INTERPHIL 1976 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Weill)
  • ANPHILEX 1996 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Siegel Auction Galleries)
  • Collectors Club of New York “Aristocrats of United States Philately” exhibit, December 2000 (Gross)
  • World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)
  • Discovered in Liverpool merchant’s correspondence files, circa 1888, by the so-called “Upside Down Man” (sold to a vest-pocket dealer)
  • Thomas Ridpath (bought from dealer for £5, circa 1888; sold or consigned to Henry Collin, Scott Stamp and Coin Co., mid-1888)
  • William Thorne (bought from Scott Stamp and Coin Co., 1888, for $200; collection sold privately to New England Stamp Co., 1902)
  • William H. Crocker (bought privately from New England Stamp Co.), Harmer, Rooke & Co., 11/23-25/1938, lot 285, to Y. Souren
  • Esmond Bradley Martin, Sr. (bought from and sold privately to Souren)
  • Leslie White (bought privately from Souren; collection sold privately to the Weills, circa 1949)
  • Benjamin D. Phillips (bought privately from Weills, October 1949, for $24,000; collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)
  • Ryohei Ishikawa (bought privately from Weills, circa 1977), Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 746, to Siegel Auction Galleries
  • Steven Walske (bought privately from Siegel, 1997), Bennett sale, 5/2/2003, lot 1341 (later sold privately to Hagendorf/Columbian; resold privately to William H. Gross)
  • William H. Gross Collection, Siegel Sale 1188, 10/3/2018, lot 89 - $625,000 hammer
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