The One Cent Magenta

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 desire to collect ...

Author: James Barron

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781616205188

Category: History

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An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world’s most sought-after stamp. 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 desire to collect. One-cent magentas were provisional stamps, printed quickly in what was then British Guiana when a shipment of official stamps from London did not arrive. They were intended for periodicals, and most were thrown out with the newspapers. But one stamp survived. The singular one-cent magenta has had only nine owners since a twelve-year-old boy discovered it in 1873 as he sorted through papers in his uncle’s house. He soon sold it for what would be $17 today. (That’s been called the worst stamp deal in history.) Among later owners was a fabulously wealthy Frenchman who hid the stamp from almost everyone (even King George V of England couldn’t get a peek); a businessman who traveled with the stamp in a briefcase he handcuffed to his wrist; and John E. du Pont, an heir to the chemical fortune, who died while serving a thirty-year sentence for the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. Recommended for fans of Nicholas A. Basbanes, Susan Orlean, and Simon Winchester, The One-Cent Magenta explores the intersection of obsessive pursuits and great affluence and asks why we want most what is most rare.

The One Cent Magenta

The corners of the one-cent magenta have been clipped off, and it tricks your eye at first glance: Is it square? No. It's three millimeters wider than it is tall, such a slight difference that you have to squint to be certain (and look ...

Author: James Barron

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781616207175

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 289

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An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world’s most sought-after stamp. When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, the one-cent magenta sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the most money ever paid for a stamp at auction. Following the journey of this highly coveted item, we meet a fascinating gallery of eccentric, rich, and influential characters who have bought, owned, and sold this tiny square of faded red paper. One-cent magentas were provisional stamps, printed in what was British Guiana when a shipment of official stamps failed to arrive. Most were thrown out with the newspapers. But one stamp survived. The singular one-cent magenta has had only nine owners since a twelve-year-old boy discovered it in 1873. He soon sold it—in what many call the worst stamp deal in history—for what would be $17 today. Among later owners was a wealthy Frenchman who hid the stamp from everyone, including King George V; a businessman who traveled with the stamp in a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist; and John E. du Pont, an heir to the chemical fortune, who died in prison after murdering Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. Together, their stories form a peculiar global history of immense wealth and obsessive desire.

The One Cent Magenta

The One-Cent Magenta weaves a fascinating tale of obsession to own the world's most fragile treasure, and the extraordinary characters who have loved and lost it.

Author: James Barron

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ISBN: 1525243225

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When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. When it was sold at Sotheby's in 2014, the tiny square of faded red paper known as the one-cent magenta cost nearly $US9.5 million, making it the world's most valuable object by weight. Printed in what was then British Guiana, one-cent magentas were provisional stamps intended for local newspapers. Most were later thrown out, but one survived. Discovered by a young boy in 1873, the stamp has since been through the hands of nine fanatical owners including an Australian-born engineer, a convicted murderer, and a fabulously wealthy Frenchman who hid it from view (not even King George V of England could get a peek). The One-Cent Magenta weaves a fascinating tale of obsession to own the world's most fragile treasure, and the extraordinary characters who have loved and lost it.

Lucy s Bones Sacred Stones Einstein s Brain

ONECENT. MAGENTA. DATE: 1856. WHAT IT IS: Arguably the world's most valuable stamp. WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: It is octagonal, magenta, and bears the design of a ship and the Latin motto Damus Petimus Que Vicissim (To give and seek in return) ...

Author: Harvey Rachlin

Publisher: Garrett County Press

ISBN: 9781939430915

Category: History

Page: 309

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Leap across time with bestselling author Harvey Rachlin as he collects over 50 of the most fascinating objects in the world, under one book. The Mounted Hide of Stonewall Jackson's Battle Horse, The Black Obelisk, The Rosetta Stone, George Washington's False Teeth, Vice Admiral Lord Nelson's Uniform Coat, The Elephant Man's Skeleton, and Lincoln's Death Bed are just some of the objects Rachlin explores with wit, pick and an amazing sense of spectacle. Publisher's Weekly calls Lucy's Bone's, Sacred Stones, and Einstein's Brain "entertaining and enlightening." Library Journal declares Rachin's work "fascinating." Parade says it is "detailed and authoritative." It is also intensely moving as Rachlin weaves together seemingly disparate histories into a holistic statement that celebrates human endeavor. This book is not simply wonderful -- it is full of wonder.

Once a month or The stamp collector s advertiser

The 100 centesimos red - brown , 100 centesimos The values were 1 cent magenta , 4 cents ma- carmine , 180 centesimos green , 240 centesimos genta , and 4 cents blue . In the centre of the red , are rare ; obliterated 100 centesimos ...

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ISBN: OXFORD:590735522

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Ten Little Herrings

The one-cent British Guiana black on magenta cost a million dollars – but that was back in 1980. Oddly, neither stamp is in what you could describe as great shape. There's a story, by the way, that may be vaguely relevant to this case.

Author: L C Tyler

Publisher: Allison & Busby

ISBN: 9780749017033

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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‘A clever plot, with lots of laughs along the way’ Daily Mail Last seen boarding a plane which exploded mid-flight, crime writer Ethelred Tressider is discovered, to the bafflement of his dogged literary agent Elsie Thirkettle, to be alive and currently residing in the Loire Valley. Having followed Ethelred to a run-down French hotel hosting a stamp collectors’ conference, chaos ensues when one guest is found fatally stabbed, soon followed by the murder of a rich Russian oligarch. Elsie is torn between her natural desire to interfere in the investigation and her urgent need to escape from the hotel and buy high-class chocolate. Ethelred, meanwhile, seems to know more about the killings than he is letting on. Finally the time comes when Elsie must assemble the various suspects in the dining room, and reveal the truth...

Laboratory Manual of Dyeing and Textile Chemistry

To show this property proceed as follows : Dye six tests of woolen yarn with Magenta , using 10 per cent . of glaubersalt in each dye - bath together with the following amounts of dyestuff : ( 1 ) 3 per cent . ( 457 ) ( 4 ) 0.5 per cent ...

Author: Joseph Merritt Matthews

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B27100

Category: Dyes and dyeing

Page: 363

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Southend Made Me

Sometimes in just one stamp. The onecent black on magenta stamp from British Guiana taught me that Guiana was a British colony, sandwiched between Venezuela and Dutch Guiana on the northeast coast of South America.

Author: C. Webster

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781326289768

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Growing up has never been so much fun! Join the writer on an exploration of his childhood in the Fifties and Sixties

Timehri

The accepted catalogued varieties of this issue are as follows :black , on 1 4 4 On surface coloured paper ( couché ) cent Magenta do blue On paper coloured throughout 4 cents black , on dark blue . These stamps were initialled before ...

Author: Sir Everard Ferdinand Im Thurn

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ISBN: UOM:39015030315686

Category: Agriculture

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