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.

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1856 British Guiana Magenta to be sold!

1856 British Guiana Magenta 1¢
1856 British Guiana Magenta 1¢

One of the world’s most famous and valuable stamps will soon be up for sale. Sotheby’s New York recently announced that it will be auctioning off the 1856 British Guiana Magenta to the highest bidder on June 17th, 2014. This «Holy Grail» of philately is expected to go for an estimated $10-20 million USD! Why, you may say, would anyone pay so much for an itty, bitty piece of paper?

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