VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY KNOWN BLOCK OF THE 120-CENTISIMOS 1858 FIRST ISSUE OF URUGUAY. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MULTIPLES OF CLASSIC SOUTH AMERICAN PHILATELY.
This unused block of six is the only recorded multiple of the 120c 1858 Issue, besides the three vertical tete-beche pairs. It is one of the most important multiples known to philately.
The 120c block of six was owned by Ferrary, but it was not included in the massive Uruguay collection lot sold in the first auction. It was offered in a smaller collection of 1,275 items in the third sale (lot 457) and must have been acquired by Alfred F. Lichtenstein, who included it in his exhibit of Uruguay at the International Philatelic Exhibition held in Montevideo in April 1931 (reported by E. J. Lee in The Postage Stamps of Uruguay, page xii), and in the display at the May 1940 Centenary exhibition at The Collectors Club of New York. After Lichtenstein’s death in 1947, his daughter, Louise Boyd Dale, sold the block and other Uruguay rarities to Robert Hoffmann, who featured it in his Uruguay exhibit, which captured the Grand Award at the 1956 FIPEX exhibition in New York City. The current owner acquired the block in the 1982 Corinphila sale of the Hoffmann collection.
Ex Philipp von Ferrary (Philip Ferrari de La Renotiere), Alfred F. Lichtenstein and by inheritance to Louise Boyd Dale, and Robert Hoffmann