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  • US 1908-1910 olive-green block to sell for $135,000?
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US 1908-1910 olive-green block to sell for $135,000?

Could an ultra-rare block of 1908-1910 US 8c olive-green stamps achieve $135,000?

That’s what Robert A Siegel Auctions is predicting ahead of its June 27 Rarities of the World sale.

This is the biggest known bluish paper multiple of this issue.

Olive green stamps

Only a handful of sheets of this issue were printed on bluish paper 

The auction house explains: "The June 1910 Third Assistant Postmaster General's report states that 4,000 (ten sheets) of the 8c were printed on Bluish Paper.

“It is believed that none of the 4c and 8c Bluish Paper stamps were distributed to post offices, and that all of the examples in collectors' hands reached the market through the Travers-Steinmetz exchange and the 1914 National Museum trades to H. F. Colman (12 copies) and Nassau Stamp Company (65 copies).”

Other important US issues on offer include a 1901 2c Pan-American invert, which is valued at $55,000.

The 2c is the rarest of the three values issued, with only 78 known to exist. This example is the second finest recorded.

Highlights from around the world include an 1856 British Guiana 4c black on magenta, one of only two unused examples in existence.

It’s expected to sell for around $129,000.

The lot was issued the same year as the legendary 1c Magenta, the world’s most valuable stamp, which sold for £5.6m ($7.2m) in 2014.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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