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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — The Unique 5c Brick Red Block of Four

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
47°
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 47, The Unique 5c Brick Red Block of Four, This is the only recorded unused block of the 5¢ Brick Red, Scott 27, and the block is superb with original gum--this is the most important multiple of the 1857 5¢ Jefferson Perforated stamps, and it is generally regarded as one of the most important blocks in United States philately

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Brick Red (27), block of four, original gum, beautiful bright Brick Red color and fresh paper, unusually precise centering for this issue, which was produced with sheets printed from the original plate used for imperforate stamps, on which the subjects had insufficient space between them to accommodate the rows of perforations

PROVENANCE

* George H. Worthington, J. C. Morgenthau sale, 8/21-23/1917, lot 153, possibly to Duveen

* Henry J. Duveen (listed in Phillips’s November 1922 book; sold privately to Hind through Phillips)

* Arthur Hind, Phillips-Kennett sale, 11/20-24/1933, lot 179, to Ward

* Wharton Sinkler, Eugene Klein sale, 5/17/1940, Sale 117, lot 50, to Ward

* Philip H. Ward, Jr. (bought privately, estate sold to Weills, 1963)

* Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964)

* Siegel Auction Galleries, 1983 and 1989 Rarities of the World sales, lots 64 and 113, respectively, to Weill

* Weill Brothers’ Stock, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 10/12/1989, lot 69, to Dr. Kapiloff

* Dr. Leonard Kapiloff (sold privately to Hagendorf/Columbian)

* Anonymous (bought and sold privately through Harry Hagendorf, Columbian Stamp Co.)

* Siegel Auction Galleries, 2000 Rarities of the World, 5/13/2000, Sale 824, lot 117, to anonymous dealer (sold privately months after sale to Whitman)

* Alan B. Whitman, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/7/2009, Sale 968, lot 34, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Donna O’Keefe, Linn’s Philatelic Gems II, p. 144

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1989 and 2000)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine; insignificant small thin spot in top left stamp

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E. 400,000-500,000
400,000
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