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The world's most expensive stamp

Exhibition Times & Dates

The next exhibition will take place in our gallery at 399 Strand. Check back to this site for more details. 

DATE: NOVEMBER 8TH - DECEMBER 18TH

DAYS: EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY

special note: the exhibition will also be open on SELECTED saturdayS - 20/11, 4/12 & 18/12

TIME: 1000 - 1800

ADMISSION: FREE 


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, 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, CEO of Stanley Gibbons 

On the 16th of July, just over a month after the sale, the stamp arrived in London and our plans for this piece of history could begin. 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 are also working with a company called Showpiece to offer fractionalised ownership of the stamp. This is a world first for a philatelic item and will again allow more people to become a part of this stamp's history. 

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DISCOVER THE STORY

Read the complete story of the ONE CENT black on magenta and find out why it has become part of philatelic history

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MEDIA COVERAGE

When the world's most famous stamp dealer wins the world's most expensive stamp it catches the media's attention 

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OWN A PIECE

Find out more about how you can own your share of philatelic history through Showpiece.com

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Our latest British Guiana stock

The ONE CENT Magenta may be the world's most expensive stamp but it is certainly not the only piece of philatelic history to come from the British Guiana region. Feel free to browse our complete stock of the region and discover the other members of this unique items philatlic family tree...

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