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The one-cent magenta : inside the quest to own the most valuable stamp in the world

Author: James Barron
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Barron
ISBN: 9781616205188 1616205180
OCLC Number: 953707635
Notes: "Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited."
Description: 276 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Stamp World --
Travels with David --
One cent (1856 : printed, sold, and forgotten) --
Six shillings (1873 : found by a twelve-year-old) --
£120 (1878 : Glasgow and London) --
£150 (1878 : the man in the yachting cap) --
$32,500 (1922 : the plutocrat with the cigar) --
$40,000 (1940 : the angry widow, Macy's, and the other plutocrat) --
$286,000 (1970 : the Wilkes-Barre eight) --
$935,000 (1980 : "the man showed up") --
$9.5 million (2014 : "I expected to see magenta, and I saw magenta").
Other Titles: 1 cent magenta
Inside the quest to own the most valuable stamp in the world
Responsibility: James Barron.

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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  Read more...

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