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2018-10-03
United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 89, 1869 Pictorial Issue, including the Unique Block of the 24c Invert, The unique block of the 24¢ 1869 Pictorial Inverted Center error--widely acclaimed the most important item in United States philately, and eloquently described by the stamp expert Fred Melville in 1938 as “one of the most wonderful of all the surprising survivals”

DESCRIPTION

24¢ Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), block of four, beautifully centered, rich colors and sharp clear impressions clearly showing the inverted vignettes, segmented cork cancels of New York City

PROVENANCE

* 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)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* 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)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine; one stamp has tiny thin speck and small margin scuff

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/89.pdf

E. 750,000-1,000,000
625,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2018-07-25
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 212, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b-120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Deep rich colors, light strike of rosette cancel leaves design clearly visible, tiny tear in top left corner perf not mentioned on accompanying P.S.E. certificate

FINE APPEARANCE. A LOVELY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert.

Census No. 120b-CAN-79. P.F. certificate no. 438086 no longer accompanies. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate not mentioning the tiny corner perf tip tear

37,500
10,500
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 179, 1869 Pictorial Issue, Inverts (Scott 120b, 121b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Unused (no gum), both the frame and vignette impressions are detailed impressions, choice centering for this difficult issue with perforations well clear of the design on all four sides, tiny thin spot in the grill area is negligible

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL INVERTS IN UNUSED CONDITION. ONLY FOUR UNUSED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED, AND OF THESE ONLY THREE ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. THE TAPLING STAMP IS PART OF THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY. THE STAMP OFFERED HERE HAS THE BEST CENTERING OF THE FOUR.

This stamp was acquired sometime in the 1950s by Herbert Houghton “Hoky” Phillips, Jr., a Texas relative of Benjamin D. Phillips and a client of Raymond and Roger Weill. His collection was sold privately to the Weills around 1985. In 1987 it was acquired by Ryohei Ishikawa in a private transaction brokered by Harvey R. Warm and Scott R. Trepel (purchased from the Weills). It was sold in the 1993 Ishikawa auction at Christie's, where it was purchased by Columbian Stamp Company (Sonny Hagendorf) on behalf of a private collector. In 1996 Hagendorf sold the stamp to Steven Walske. It was offered in Walske's 2003 auction of his 1869 Pictorial Issue collection (the "Lafayette" collection), where it was acquired by David Wingate.

The Scott Catalogue value for the 24c 1869 Invert in unused condition is $750,000.00, but the last auction realization was $1,125,000 hammer (February 9, 2008, Philip Weiss Auctions), and that stamp was subsequently sold privately for an even higher price.

Census No. 120b-UNC-01. Ex H. Houghton Phillips, Jr., Ryohei Ishikawa and Steven C. Walske. With 1946, 1969 and 2003 P.F. certificates (the first two no longer accompany).

Census of Scott 120b: https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/120b

750,000
525,000
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1869 Pictorial Issue
2017-12-19
United States Stamps and Hawaii
 
Sale Number 1172, Lot Number 552, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b-120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Deep rich colors, bold strike of rosette cancel, two tiny tears and faint horizontal crease in top margin, nibbed perf at bottom (all are very minor)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert.

Census No. 120b-CAN-06. With 1969 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates, the latter mentioning only the nibbed perf

37,500
7,500
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1869 Pictorial Issue
2016-05-31
2016 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 372, 1869 Pictorial Issue and 1975 Re-Issue24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Horizontal pair, among the best centered of all recorded examples, each stamp cancelled by neat rosette fancy cancel, rich colors and sharp, clear impressions

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED PAIR AND ONE OF TWO KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert, including four unused, 83 used singles, one on cover, this pair and a block of four. This pair and the famous block of the 24c Invert, are the only recorded multiples of any of the 1869 Inverts.

The pair offered here is lightly stamped on back "Pemberton, Wilson & Co.", the mark of the well-known 19th century stamp firm in England. The remarkable survival of multiple inverts is attributed to stamp hunters in 1869 and 1870, who removed 24c stamps from letters and parcels received by London and Liverpool merchants. The discovery of the 24c Invert block was made in Liverpool and, in certain accounts, this pair is said to have been separated from the block. The difference between the rosette cancel on this pair and the segmented cork cancel on the block proves this aspect of the story inaccurate. However, the similar centering and vignette orientation on the two multiples offer a strong possibility that the two pieces emanated from the same sheet and source.

Ex Zoellner. With 1970 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates

115,000
90,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2016-03-15
The Don David Price Iconic Collection of U.S. Bicolored Issues
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 127, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Outstanding centering and margins, vignette shifted to bottom, bold strike of cork cancel, small closed tear at top, small but deep thins break paper in a few places

VERY FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert. The centering of this stamp is among the finest of all recorded examples.

Census No. 120b-CAN-19. Ex Wunsch. With 1999 P.F. certificate

37,500
6,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 237, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b-121b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Bright colors nicely complemented by blue cork cancel, extensively repaired with large part of paper and design added at bottom

A PRESENTABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT CANCELLED IN BLUE.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert.

Census No. 120b-CAN-20. PFC 12169 which states "Genuine, extensively repaired at top" no longer accompanies.

37,500
5,250
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
 
Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 1280, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Bright colors, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, light strike of rosette cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT IN EXISTENCE. THE COLORS ARE FRESH, THE MARGINS ARE BALANCED, THE ROSETTE CANCEL IS LIGHT, AND IT IS COMPLETELY SOUND. A TRULY PHENOMENAL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert. Of these, only five qualify as "centered" and of these four are either reperfed or have margins added. This stamp stands alone as being sound and centered.

Census No. 120b-CAN-C01. Ex Moody, "Ambassador", Grunin and Eubanks. With 1999 and 2010 P.F. certificates.

37,500
70,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2014-11-05
The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Stamps and Covers
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3348, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b-121b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Deep rich colors, bold strike of rosette cancel, two tiny tears and faint horizontal crease in top margin (all are very minor)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert.

Census No. 120b-CAN-06. With 1969 P.F. certificate

37,500
9,500
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U.S. Stamps
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1869 Pictorial Issue
2014-06-26
2014 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1110, 1869 Pictorial Isssue, Inverts and 1875 Re-Issue24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Deep rich colors, neat strike of rosette cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, small corner crease at top right

VERY FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert.

Census No. 120b-CAN-12. Ex Matthies. With 2014 P.F. certificate.

37,500
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