The world's most expensive stamp

Welcome to the home of the world's most expensive stamp, the British Guiana ONE CENT black on magenta. 

On the 8th of June 2021 Stanley Gibbons threw its hat into the ring during an auction at Sotheby's New York and entered a bidding war for this rarest of philatelic treasures. It was an intense bidding process but when the dust settled the Stanley Gibbons management team of Graham Shircore, Our previous CEO, and Victoria Lajer, MD, emerged victorious, with the hammer dropping on a final bid of $8.3million. 

“The British Guiana 1c Magenta really is the Holy Grail of philately. It’s truly one of a kind, and we’re delighted to be welcoming it back on to British soil where we hope it will remain,” 

Graham Shircore, Previous CEO of Stanley Gibbons 

We intend to put the stamp on free public display at different intervals throughout the year so that more people can enjoy this unique piece and discover its fascinating story

We also worked with a company called Showpiece to offer fractionalised ownership of the stamp. This was a world first for a philatelic item and has allowed more people to become a part of this stamp's history. 

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Exhibition Times & Dates

The 1c Magenta exhibition will be on display at:


Taipei 2023, Asian International Stamp Exhibition, 11-15th August 2023


Stampex International,  Business Design Centre 52 Upper St, London N1 0QH, 27th -30th September 2023