Rarest stamp sells for £400,000
Monday 07 June 2010
A stamp that became one of Britain's rarest when it was withdrawn within hours of being issued has sold for £400,000.
Only 19 sheets of the Edward VII pale dull purple 6d stamp overprinted with "IR Official" were issued on 14 May 1904 and most were destroyed by the Post Office.
The single stamp, which is believed to be the only one surviving outside a museum or the Royal Collection, has now been sold to a private collector by Stanley Gibbons Investment, the Jersey-based stamp dealership.
Stamps overprinted with "IR Official" were used from 1882 by the Inland Revenue and other government departments. It was a criminal offence to possess or sell them. The order to withdraw all IR Official stamps, including the new 6d version, on the day they were issued was taken hurriedly by the postal authorities following the prosecution of some of the world's most prominent philatelists.
Since 2005 the stamp, which was on display at the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition last month, has trebled in value. Keith Heddle, of Stanley Gibbons, said: "The 6d IR Official is one of the most sought-after stamps in the world."
- 1 Green village to be bulldozed and mined for lignite in Germany's quest for non-nuclear fuel
- 2 HeForShe campaign: Iceland to follow up Emma Watson speech with UN women's rights conference – for men only
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Teenagers irritable because early school hours mess with their biological clocks
- 5 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
Isis could become 'world’s first truly terrorist state' and bomb UK with nuclear and chemical weapons, Theresa May warns
Car tax disc changes: Five facts you never knew about your (almost obsolete) tax disc
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
The Aral Sea: Nasa pictures show how what was once the fourth largest lake in the world has become almost completely dry
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- < Previous
- Next >
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£50 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: SEN Teaching Assistant EBD , Septemb...
£50 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: SEN Teaching Assistant We are curr...
£100 - £135 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: We are currently recruitin...