The appeal of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta may seem inexplicable, but it tells a very human story. The Guardian newspaper recently published a story on this fascinating object of history.
It has been described as a “shoddy-looking thing”, and like “a red-wine stain or a receipt that’s been through the wash a few times”. The item in question is a stamp, one of a kind. It is now on public view in London, ahead of its auctioning in New York in June, when it is expected to fetch around £10m. The urge to possess the supremely rare, precious object, by fair means or foul – whether a virtually extinct water lily, or a Leonardo painting of Christ – is a profoundly human one.
Read this fascinating story HERE.