Stamp sells for record £1m‎

The world’s most famous stamp, the elusive “Post Office Mauritius”, was sold yesterday for a record breaking £1,053,090 ($1,600,000) at Spink in London. This is a record price for a stamp sold in the United Kingdom! Nearly half a dozen bidders in the room participated as the price of the lot shot skyward. The stamp … Continued

Hong Kong prepares for rare Chinese stamp auction

International stamp collectors are all aflutter this week as Hong Kong prepares to host an auction of rare Chinese stamps including a copy of the fabled “1897 Red Revenue” — known as the most valuable Chinese stamp there is. Hosted by Interasia Auctions, the sale will feature 2,200 lots representing the stamp and postal history … Continued

World’s most expensive stamp up for sale!

What may be the most valuable object in the world has gone on show in London amid tight security. It’s an 1855 Swedish postage stamp, called “Treskilling Yellow”, printed in the wrong color, and it’s worth £5million. Weighing just 0.03 grams, the rare stamp is thought to be the most valuable thing in existence by … Continued

Rare Chinese stamp sells for record $332,000

A single Chinese stamp has sold for $332,000 at Zurich Asia’s “Stamps and Postal History” autumn auction in Hong Kong Friday. The 1897 Qing dynasty stamp was bought by a Beijing collector and set a new world record for a single Chinese stamp. It is an extremely rare 1897 small one-dollar overprint on a three-cent … Continued

Lincoln stamp trove scores nearly $2M at auction

A Georgia man’s collection of more than 10,000 Abraham Lincoln stamps has sold at auction in New York City for a total of nearly $2 million. The collection was amassed by William Ainsworth, a retired executive from the consulting and accounting firm KPMG. He inherited his father’s stamp collection more than 40 years ago. Until … Continued

Rare South American Stamps

Luxist inform us that rare South American stamps, in fact the world’s most valuable private collection of South American postage stamps, will be offered in a public auction in New York City on June 5 and 6, 2008. The auction includes for instance the only surviving example of the 1859 one-peso “tête-bêche,” which has a … Continued

The “Rolls-Royce” of rare stamps

A New York man paid a whopping $825,000 for one of the most prominently flawed stamps in U.S. history. The rare 1918 24-cent stamp shows an upside-down Curtis JN-4 biplane known as Jenny, a World War I training aircraft that became an airmail plane. The mint condition red, white and blue stamp is said to … Continued