The One-Cent Magenta: Inside The Quest To Own The Most Valuable Stamp In The World
  • The One-Cent Magenta: Inside The Quest To Own The Most Valuable Stamp In The World
  • The One-Cent Magenta: Inside The Quest To Own The Most Valuable Stamp In The World
ISBN: 1616205180
EAN13: 9781616205188
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 7, 2017
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.24" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world's most sought-after stamp.

When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby's for nearly $9.5 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the one-cent magenta in the years in between, James Barron delivers a fascinating tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect.

One-cent magentas were provisional stamps, printed quickly in what was then British Guiana when a shipment of official stamps from London did not arrive. They were intended for periodicals, and most were thrown out with the newspapers. But one stamp survived. The singular one-cent magenta has had only nine owners since a twelve-year-old boy discovered it in 1873 as he sorted through papers in his uncle's house. He soon sold it for what would be $17 today. (That's been called the worst stamp deal in history.) Among later owners was a fabulously wealthy Frenchman who hid the stamp from almost everyone (even King George V of England couldn't get a peek); a businessman who traveled with the stamp in a briefcase he handcuffed to his wrist; and John E. du Pont, an heir to Read More chevron_right

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