The One-cent Magenta

The One-cent Magenta

Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World

Book - 2017
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781616205188
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 19 cm


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Feb 22, 2018

Hard to believe a tiny square of beat-up paper can be worth so much.

Aug 08, 2017

I loved this book. A bit of history, a bit of mystery, some biography and some travel. I devoured this in a couple of hours. Great book!


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