Philip Weiss Auctions: The Newport Collection, February 9, 2008
An 1869 30-cent inverted center U.S. stamp (Scott # 121b, unused, no gum) crossed the block at $248,600. The stamp, one of only seven unused examples in existence, was graded Fine and had a pre-sale estimate of $75,000-$100,000. The Scott Catalog valued it at $210,000. The example was bright and fresh, with only light staining on the reverse and a pulled perforation at the bottom.