1856 British Guiana 1¢ Magenta fun facts!

  • No member of the public has seen the stamp since it was last exhibited in 1986 at the Ameripex International Stamp Show in Chicago, Illinois.
  • The stamp has set a new world record in sales every time (3 times) it has been auctioned.
  • It will probably beat the world record of sales that currently belongs to the Treskilling Yellow, which was sold for $2.3 million in 1996.

  • The stamp was once declared a fake, but this was later disproved.
  • King George V was one of the bidders at the 1922 auction, but he lost out to Arthur Hind. As a result, the 1856 British Guiana Magenta is now the only significant British stamp missing from the collection of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Urban legend has it that Arthur Hind purchased a second 1¢ Magenta when it was made available to him, only to subsequently destroy it in order to increase the value of his own remaining copy (I highly doubt this).
  • In 1999, another supposed 1¢ Magenta popped up out of nowhere and was found to be genuine. The Royal Philatelic Society of London later declared it to be a fake.
  • The last owner of the stamp, John E. DuPont, was convicted of 3rd degree murder and died in prison in 2010
  • A part of the proceeds from the stamp’s sale will be donated to a charity
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