On December 12 Robert A. Siegel auction of the Richard Drews collection of United States 1861-68 issues offered many important stamps. The star of this sale was a used example of the 1867 5¢ brown Thomas Jefferson stamp with A grill.
Valued in the 2019 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers at $260,000, the stamp in the Drews collection was hammered down at $340,000 in the New York City sale. The stamp is marked with a manuscript cancel of crisscrossed lines termed as ‘grill’.
Only four examples are known of the United States 1867 5¢ brown Thomas Jefferson stamp with A grill, and all four are used. This example sold for $401,200 at the Dec. 12 Robert A. Siegel auction in New York City.
Siegel has described them as “one of the rarest stamps in United States philately.”
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