- By Helen Morgan

Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps

  • Title: Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
  • Author: Helen Morgan
  • ISBN: 9781843544364
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blue Mauritius The Hunt for the World s Most Valuable Stamps Follow the adventures of the world s most sought after postage stamps from a tropical Indian Ocean island to the hushed atmosphere of the modern auction room in this dramatic and passionate tale of th

    Follow the adventures of the world s most sought after postage stamps from a tropical Indian Ocean island to the hushed atmosphere of the modern auction room in this dramatic and passionate tale of the first stamp hunters In September 1847 colored squares of paper were stuck on to envelopes and used to send out admission cards to a fancy dress ball on the tropical islandFollow the adventures of the world s most sought after postage stamps from a tropical Indian Ocean island to the hushed atmosphere of the modern auction room in this dramatic and passionate tale of the first stamp hunters In September 1847 colored squares of paper were stuck on to envelopes and used to send out admission cards to a fancy dress ball on the tropical island of Mauritius No one at the party would have guessed that these stamps would one day be worth than a million dollars When a two pence Blue Mauritius surfaced on the fledgling French stamp collecting market in 1865 it gained instant celebrity Soldiers, schoolboys, and the entire German nation became obsessed with finding one of these extremely rare examples When in 1903 a perfect specimen, discovered in a childhood album, was bought at auction by the Prince of Wales, the Blue Mauritius gained superstar status Even now, Post Office Mauritius stamps are synonymous with fame, wealth, and mystery The most coveted scraps of paper in existence, this is their story from their birth during days of sail, taking them from Port Louis to Bordeaux, India and Great Britain, Switzerland and Japan, into the hearts and imagination of collectors everywhere.

    1 thought on “Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps

    1. Excellent read of the historical perspective of one of the world's most rare and beautiful stamps. The information is well researched and organized. It was exciting to read of the first finds, the changing of hands and watching the price rise through time. As a stamp collector I highly recommend adding this to your personal library as I did, finding plenty of used reasonably priced copies online.

    2. "I am not a thief, Madame, I knew there was some mistake.For a few minutes they were mine; that is enough" (41).

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