The Twenty Million Dollar Stamp (British Guiana One-Cent Magenta)

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by Peter T Davis, May 7, 2014.

  1. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Administrator Moderator

  2. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Yes, Peter me too.
  3. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Administrator Moderator

    I'm actually surprised that any stamp would sell that high.
  4. LindaKay

    LindaKay Member

    My Heavens! I wish I had it! Even though I love collecting stamps, I might have to sacrifice just one for that kind of money.
  5. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Well-Known Member Supporter

    Way way way out of my league LOL
  6. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    I also wish I am the seller of that multi millions stamp. :D
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  7. tmbits

    tmbits New Member

    Thats the kind of thing I'm sure we're all praying we'll find stuck between pages in our collections! :-D
  8. Lostvalleyguy

    Lostvalleyguy Member

    I would be scared to even own such a thing. Where would I keep it? what if there were a fire or a flood? It is fine to have valuable locked away in a vault somewhere, but stamps are something to behold and enjoy. I think I will stick to stamps that I can actually feel comfortable looking at without fear of damaging them.
  9. derailed

    derailed Active Member

    Wow! That's very, very much for a stamp. Yeah, it may be a rare one, but it's just too expensive for a piece of paper, don't you think?
  10. Philactica

    Philactica Active Member

    I am sure a nice copy of the genuine one is somewhere on the net.

    Why not print a copy and frame it with the caption -

    This is a reprint, my neighbour has the real one.

    Applicable if you do not like your neighbours
  11. CrystalMarie

    CrystalMarie Member

    Don't worry. You are not the only one whose budget won't allow that to become apart of the collection. I love stamp collecting but 20 million has gone too far. Do you know how many starving kids we can feed with that. Cool looking stamp though.

    XUE-JIAN PAN Member

    This is the world's first postage stamps?
  13. CeliVega

    CeliVega Member

    In a way I am glad that a stamp is worth this much :)
    I mean, this is not a popular hobby, and seeing how stamps usage are declining now, stamps won't fare well in public and people will not held stamps in high regards.
    But this!
    This is prove that stamps can be so valuable too!
    This makes me happy!
  14. Philactica

    Philactica Active Member

    What is the difference between a $1 million and a $20 million stamp = $19 million
    To the buyer of such a stamp, bless him or her - owning such would not change his or her lifestyl.
  15. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    No, it was issued in 1856 well beyond lots of stamps. What makes it valuable is that it is believed to be the only surviving copy of this rare issue.

    XUE-JIAN PAN Member

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  17. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Let´s see if it really will be sold that expensive.
    The interesting thing about that stamp is,that a number of experts have doubts
    wether it is a genuine stamp or not.Obviously no printing records or any
    post-official records of that stamp exist.
  18. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Yes, that is the big question, if someone would really spend that much on a stamp. :p
  19. Harry Golightly

    Harry Golightly NonHinged

    If it does sell for any amount, it definitely will not be for it's beauty!
    I know, Taste is indisputable, but this piece of paper is butt-ugly.
    Feed the poor in-need & indeed.
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  20. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Just checked the Wikipedia:
    the stamp was sold for US$ 9.48 millions (by Sotheby´s in 2014),fees and taxes
    It is claimed,that the owner is now Stuart Weitzman.
    Molokai likes this.
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