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 $10 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. One-cent magentas... more...