NEW YORK, NY.-
The iconic Inverted Jenny centerline block of four has been sold at Spink
New York for a record-setting $1,740,000 million dollars, becoming the most expensive United States philatelic item sold at auction this year.
The Inverted Jenny is one of the world's most recognizable stamps, and this spectacular realization for the unique centerline block cements its status as one of philately's legendary rarities.
On 21st May 2014 Spink sold one of the most recognised and desirable errors in all American philately, the 24c. Inverted Jenny. Sold in a single lot auction the error from the J.E. Safra collection the single stamp realised $575,100. After handling such a rarity Spink was honoured to offer for auction not only a Single Inverted Jenny but a block of four. The single Inverted Jenny and the block of four were offered in two separate lots.
The single Inverted Jenny described as one of the finest singles by our specialist Christopher Green is Position 39, Extremely well centred amid large margin and with Full original gum.
The 1918 Twenty Four Cent Inverted Jenny is one of the most recognized and desired rarities in all of philately. Its legendary status began the moment the stamp was issued in May, 1918, when William T. Robey purchased the entire error sheet of 100 at the New York Avenue Post Office window in Washington D.C. - May 14th - just one day after the stamp was issued. Within one week Robey sold the sheet for $15,000.00 to the well-known Philadelphia stamp dealer Eugene Klein (an impressive return on his initial $24.00 investment). Shortly thereafter Mr. Klein sold the sheet to the renowned, yet eccentric collector, Col. Edward H.R. Green for $20,000.00. Col. Green asked Klein to break up the sheet for him into singles and blocks, then instructed him to sell all but the few key position blocks. What is puzzling is how, given the immediate attention created by a spectacular new error, so many of the stamps from the sheet have been poorly handled and stored over the years. In fact, there are at least six examples whose whereabouts are unknown and possibly lost to philately. A great many of the known copies have varying degrees of faults and some even have lost all of their original gum. Improper hinging has caused a significant number of the faults, often thinning or creasing the stamps and nineteen have straight edges.