Owner of rare British Guiana 1c Magenta stamp is revealed

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10 June 2015
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imports_CCGB_britishguiana1cmagenta-3-_22540.png British Guiana 1c Magenta - the world's most expensive stamp
The owner of the world's most expensive stamps, the British Guiana 1c Magenta, has been revealed as American shoe designer and tycoon Stuart Weitzman. ...
The owner of the world's most expensive stamps, the British Guiana 1c Magenta, has been revealed as American shoe designer and tycoon Stuart Weitzman.

The famous stamp has recently gone on display at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., prompting the owner of the rarity to reveal his identity.

Stuart Weitzman, renowned shoe designer and philanthropist, purchased the stamp at auction in June 2014 and agreed to loan the stamp to the museum. According to the curators at the US museum, Weitzman selected the National Postal Museum as the venue for allowing its presentation and display to the world after considering several of the world’s most prominent philatelic museums.

“There was an unfilled square in my childhood stamp album, which I was sure would never be filled,” said Weitzman. “One should never say ‘never,’ and now after so many years in hiding, I felt it most appropriate to give stamp lovers and others the best opportunity to see this gem; and there is no better place than the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.”

The stamp will not be on view at the Washington DC museum until November 2017.


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