An 1851 stamp known as the “Black Empress” has sold at Spink Shreves for $425,000. One of the rarest stamps in the world, the Canadian 12d. Black Queen Victoria was in absolutely mint condition and had been estimated at $400-$500,000.
“Without a doubt,” said Spink Shreves, it is “the finest example extant and the greatest single Canadian stamp.” The auction house offered the stamp, which had never been hinged and carried its original gum, Â in a single lot sale.
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