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The one-cent magenta : inside the quest to own the most valuable stamp in the world / James Barron.

Available copies

  • 6 of 6 copies available at SC LENDS.

Current holds

0 current holds with 6 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Anderson - Anderson Main Library 769.5698 Barron James (Text) 22960001355261 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Beaufort - Beaufort Branch 769.5698 BAR (Text) 0530005924902 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Beaufort - Hilton Head Branch 769.5698 BAR (Text) 0530005924911 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Calhoun - Main Library 769.56 BAR (Text) 30102100719564 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Colleton - Main Library 769.5698 Barron, James (Text) 3010307438 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Harvin-Clarendon - Library 769.5698 Ba (Text) 208091000717091 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781616205188
  • Physical Description: 276 pages ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-276).
Formatted Contents Note:
Stamp World -- Travels with David -- One cent (1856: printed, sold, and forgotten) -- Six shillings (1873: found by a twelve-year-old) -- £120 (1878: Glasgow and London) -- £150 (1878: the man in the yachting cap) -- $32,500 (1922: the plutocrat with the cigar) -- $40,000 (1940: the angry widow, Macy's and the other plutocrat) -- $286,000 (1970: the Wilkes-Barre eight) -- $935,000 (1980: "the man showed up") -- $9.5 million (2014: "I expected to see magenta, and I saw magenta".
Summary, etc.:
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. -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Rare postage stamps > Guyana > History.
Stamp collectors > Biography.
Stamp collecting > History.
HISTORY / Modern.
Genre: Biographies.

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