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Sale 1188 — United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — 2c Hawaiian Missionary Unused

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
106°
ng
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 106, 2c Hawaiian Missionary Unused, One of the world’s rarest, most iconic and most valuable stamps--the legendary 2¢ Blue “Hawaiian Missionary”--the only unused example and the finest among the fifteen recorded, of which ten are in private hands

DESCRIPTION

Hawaii, 1851, 2¢ Blue (1), Type II--the right position in the setting of two--unused, full deep impression on bright fresh paper, large margins with framelines complete all around and just touched at lower left, a few spots of blue printer’s ink on back, completely sound

PROVENANCE

* Gaston Leroux (reported to have been owned by Leroux in the 19th century and sold to Ferrary)

* Philipp von Ferrary (also Philip Ferrari de La Renotière), Hotel Drouot, Paris, supervised by M. G. Gilbert, Sale 1, 6/23/1921, lot 56, to Burrus

* Maurice Burrus, H. R. Harmer sale, 5/27/1963, lot 160, to Weills for Phillips

* Benjamin D. Phillips (collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

* Alfred J. Ostheimer III (bought privately from Weills and sold privately through Weills to Twigg-Smith, circa 1970)

* Thurston-Twigg Smith (collection owned by Honolulu Advertiser newspaper and Persis Corporation family holding company) Honolulu Advertiser (Persis), Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/7-11/1995, Sale 769, lot 11, to Walter J. Mader (bidding for Greg Manning)

* Ivy & Mader PACIFIC ‘97 auction, 6/2/1997, lot 1063, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Siegel census no. 1-II-UNC-1

* https://siegelauctions.com/census/hawaii/scott/1

* Meyer-Harris census no. 8

* Brewster census no. l-II-Unused-l

* L. N. Williams, Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, Vol. I, pp. 137-139

* ANPHILEX 1971 Invited Exhibits (Honolulu Advertiser)

* World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1995)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine--perfection

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/106.pdf

E. 500,000-750,000
525,000
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