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Spink Shreves Galleries Sale - 149

The J.E. Safra 24c Inverted Jenny Sale - May 21, 2014

#C3a, 24c Carmine rose and blue, Center Inverted, pos. 77, an extraordinarily choice and exceptionally fresh mint example of this coveted and storied error rarity, wonderfully well centered amid large margins, beautiful rich colors on crisp clean paper, while full and even perforations all around further enhance its considerable eye-appeal, plus its reverse reveals immaculate original gum which is never hinged, light pencil number "77" at bottom right as marked by Eugene Klein on all positions on the sheet of 100, choice very fine; the highest graded mint never hinged example; 2014 P.F. Certificate (VF-XF 85; SSV $1,000,000.00 for VF 80).

This example from the J.E. Safra holding, which he acquired in a 2 February, 1994 Christie's auction of the "Westport" collection for $173,000.00, is the finest of the mere five mint never hinged copies of the 24c Jenny with inverted center recorded, the most famous and widely recognized stamp in philately. It has previously graced the collections of Colonel Edward H.R. Green, Frederick H. Douglas of Rumson, N.J., who sold it through John A. Fox at auction on 30 July, 1959 for $6,100.00 to Raymond H. Weill acting as agent for Dr. J.A. Graves. It was next offered publicly at the 1982 Siegel Rarities of the world auction, and sold again to Weill acting as agent for "Westport." It realized $198,000.00 a then record price for a single United States stamp. The most recent appearance of a mint n.h. copy was the Robert A. Siegel sale of the Beverly Hills Collection in October, 2013. That copy, which was graded VF 80 by both the P.F. and P.S.E. hammered for $500,000.00.

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