Stuart WeitzmanMaybe luck doesn’t come into it, but most of us in the philatelic world are quite envious of the man pictured below. Why? Possibly some of our readers will recognise the man above as being the owner of an item that has been/still is considered to be the holy grail for stamp collectors.

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One-Cent Magenta stamp, printed in GeorgetownThe one-cent magenta from British colonial Guyana, sold for a world record US$9.5 million at a New York auction on Tuesday. It took just two minutes for an anonymous collector on the phone to seal the deal after quick-fire bidding opened at US$4.5 million in a packed room at Sotheby’s in Manhattan.

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