Until recently, there were two stamps that had never been located after the separation. Position 79, found in a collection with some minor flaws including the mark of a paper clip, was sold for $ 300K including premium by Leslie Hindman on February 15, 2017.
The mapping of the original separation is now complete. The last missing position, 49, surfaced in a bank vault. From the region of the sheet that displayed the best centering, this stamp had been hoarded as soon as it was purchased.
Found by a descendant of the original investor, 49 had never been handled during these one hundred years of storage away from light. It has very fresh colors and never had a hinge. It is the best specimen with an intact gum, graded Mint Never Hinged Extremely Fine 90 by the Philatelic Foundation. It is estimated $ 850K for sale by Robert A. Siegel in New York on November 15, lot 644.
Before the discovery of this time capsule, the best Never Hinged were the position 77 graded VF-XF 85, sold for $ 575K including premium by Spink on May 21, 2014 and the position 68 graded VF 80 sold for the same price, $ 575K including premium, by Siegel on October 9, 2013.
The surfacing of 49 did not overcome the best specimen from that sheet, 58, graded 95 Between Extremely Fine and Mint - Previously Hinged, which was sold for $ 1.35M including premium by Siegel on May 31, 2016.
It should be noted that all of these best specimens along with the 87-88-97-98 block that was sold for $ 2.97M including premium by Siegel on October 19, 2005, come from the six lower rows and the four right columns of the original sheet.
SOLD for $ 1.35M before fees