A cover sent from New Orleans to France displaying four 1856 5-cent stamps (a strip of three and a single) has sold for $62,500.
The piece was one of the star lots of the Steven Walske Collection of US-France Transatlantic Mail, which sold at Robert A Siegel in New York on March 17.
Siegel explains the lot is "the only 5-cent 1856 issue cover correctly prepaying the 20-cent rate to France via American packet direct.
"[It's] One of the most outstanding 1856 5-cent Jefferson imperforate covers in existence."
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