15 November 2018
An example of the famous 'Inverted Jenny' USA stamp error has sold for a staggering $1.35 million after 'being kept in a safety deposit for the past 100 years'
A recently discovered example of the 'Inverted Jenny' stamp recently sold for $1.35 million (approximately £1.05 million) at the 'United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii' auction held by auction house Robert A Siegel Auction Galleries in New York.
The example of the stamp, which takes up position 49 on the sheet of 100, had only recently been discovered, after 'being kept in a safety deposit for the past 100 years away from light and potentially damaging hands'.
The sale broke the record price paid for an Inverted Jenny, the previous record was $977,500 paid in 2007 at another sale run by Robert A Siegel Auction Galleries.
The sale marked the first time the example had been offered for sale since the original sheet of 100 stamps was broken up.
According to the auction house:
'The stamp… was purchased by a relative of the current consignor shortly after the sheet was broken in 1918. It was kept in a safety deposit box and passed down through descendants to the current owner, who has decided to release it back onto the market. This stamp was unknown to scholars until recently.'
There are only 100 examples of the 'Inverted Jenny' the name given to the 1918 24c Carmine Rose & Blue error, which has the centre of the stamp inverted, thus showing the Curtiss Jenny JN-4HM biplane flying upside down.
The auction description explained:
'In our opinion this is the finest example in existence, by virtue of its pristine gum and phenomenal centring.'
See the auction results on the Robert A Siegel Auction Galleries website.