One Edward VII 6d Pale Dull Purple I.R. Official stamp, which was withdrawn almost as soon as it was issued in 1904, sold for £400,000 in 2010.
Only a limited number of the stamp were ever printed, so it’s about as scarce as it gets.
Vince Cordell of Stanley Gibbons said the stamp is a “great departmental rarity”.
The Jersey-based stamp dealer Stanley Gibbons has sold one of Britain’s rarest stamps, and one of the most sought-after in the world, for £400,000. The 1904 Edward VII 6d Pale Dull Purple (aka the IR Official) was withdrawn almost immediately after it was issued on March 14, 1904