the high level of quality that buyers were competing for:
1875 $12 Blue Green (PR28) ungraded:
Well centered for this issue, with exceptional color, original gum, and choice Very Fine condition – so designated by Heritage’s in-house experts – this stamp is arguably the finest of the fully sound mint examples extant.
Realized: $11,350; Scott Catalog value: $4,500.
War Savings, 1917, $5 Deep Green, Rouletted (WS3), 2006 PF Certificate graded 95:
This particular stamp created quite a buzz with collectors in New York City, as it is an exceedingly rare stamp, and one rarely offered in any condition, let alone so fine.
Realized: $11,950; Scott Catalog value: $2,500.
“This stamp must surely be the finest of its kind in the world,” said Bennett. “We have seen only a few mint examples of this great rarity, and we believe it to be the highest price ever paid at auction for a War Savings stamp.”
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