Rare stamp sells for a massive £5.6 million!

Published Thursday, Jun 19 2014, 18:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Although the price of stamps has gone up recently, we were pretty taken back to hear about the one that sold for a staggering £5.6 million!

Okay, so the stamp in question isn't your ordinary first class one that you can pick up in the post office. It's a rare 19th century one, which has now earned the title as history's most expensive.

But that's still a lot of money!

The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta from 1856 went for the eye-watering price at a New York auction held by Sotheby's.

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Not seen in public since 1986, the pricy stamp was snapped up by an anonymous bidder in just two minutes.

And that's not the only everyday item that has gone for an extortionate amount of money this week.

A plate sold for a hefty £427,250 at another auction.

The antique Chinese plate was left to a pensioner in a will and was originally valued at £5,000.

But when the 18th century piece was put up for auction, a bidding war began and a Malaysian ended up buying the prized possession.

We think we'll stick to our Tesco ones…

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