Falkirk antique stamp sells for £450
September 30, 2011 by Lyndon
A highly collectible stamp originally bought in a post office in Falkirk has sold at auction for a whopping £450. The covetable Penny Red was recently sold under the hammer at an auction house in London, where it went to an anonymous high bidder. The reason the Penny Red is such an important stamp is that it was one of the first stamps ever produced with a perforated edge. The stamp itself was fixed to a letter that was posted in 1853 from a Falkirk post office.
In a digital age, when it is rare to receive personal letters but common to receive emails, it is difficult to imagine being in the future, looking back at this moment in time and cherishing something as analogue as stamp-making, letter writing or postcard printing. The Falkirk post office that sold the stamp in 1853 could not have known that a stamp worth one penny at the time would fetch hundreds of pounds at auction in the future.
Stamp collecting and Philately, the study of stamps, has always been a popular hobby across the world and important stamps from the past have been known to bring in large amounts of money at auction. The Guinness Book of Records cites the most expensive stamp as being the Z-grill American stamp which was valued at £1.7 million in 2005.
The Penny Red stamp sold at auction for £450 replaced the well-known Penny Black stamp which came into circulation around 1840.