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The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is a singular object. Delicate and wisp-like yet striking in its color, it is the only surviving stamp of a limited run from 1856. Shrouded in more mystery than one might expect of a 26-millimeter-tall stamp, its story brings together an unlikely cast: a twelve-year-old schoolboy; an Austrian nobleman; a textile tycoon and his entrepreneurial widow; a collector who traveled the world with the stamp handcuffed to his wrist; and a convicted murderer who died in prison just four years ago. Rumor has it that a second surviving stamp surfaced in 1938, only to be burned to ash immediately upon purchase.

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