World Stamps

British Guiana 1¢ Magenta stories

Jun 10, 2014, 12 PM

The 1856 British Guiana 1¢ black-on-magenta stamp has been described as the most valuable stamp in the world. It will be auctioned June 17 by Sotheby’s in New York City.

Read the saga of the 1¢ British Guiana stamp, to be auctioned June 17 by Sotheby’s, as covered by Linn’s Stamp News in recent months.

The auction firm has placed an estimate of $10 million to $20 million on the stamp.

British Guiana 1¢ Magenta goes on display before its June 17 return to the auction block

By Matthew Healey

The unique British Guiana 1¢ black-on-magenta of 1856, billed as the “pinnacle of philately” and dreamed of by kings, industrialists and schoolchildren alike, is on public display at Sotheby’s New York City headquarters ahead of its June 17 single-lot offering. (Read more…) Published May 30, 2014.

Editor’s Insights: British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta about to be auctioned

By Charles Snee

The June 17 auction of the legendary 1856 1¢ Magenta of British Guiana, often described as the world’s most famous stamp, is almost upon us. (Read more…) Published June 2, 2014.

Editor’s Insights: Even stamp icons need regular checkups

By Charles Snee

On this week’s front page, our stalwart New York correspondent Matthew Healey reports that the Royal Philatelic Society London has examined the 1856 British Guiana 1¢ Magenta for the first time since 1935. (Read more…) Published March 31, 2014.

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By Charles Snee

British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta receives new certificate. (View video…) Published March 31, 2014.

RPSL issues new certificate for 1¢ Magenta

By Matthew Healey

The legendary 1¢ Magenta of British Guiana, one of the world’s rarest and most famous postage stamps, has had its authenticity reaffirmed by the Royal Philatelic Society London. (Read more…) Published March 28, 2014.

Bidders lining up for famed 1¢ Magenta

By Charles Snee

The much anticipated June 17 auction of the famed British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta is already generating interest among potential bidders. (Read more…) Published March 7, 2014.

British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta to be sold; Sotheby’s to gavel stamp in NYC June 17

By Charles Snee

Last sold at auction in 1980, the world famous British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta will once again be gaveled down to a new owner. (Read more…) Published Feb. 14, 2014.