A 165-year-old stamp, a gold coin and four postage stamps together could soon break all auction records. These three precious lots, offered at auction separately on June 8 by Sotheby’s in New York, could bring in more than $ 37 million (or around 30.5 million euros), according to CNN. The rarity of the objects makes this auction a real event for collectors who dream of acquiring unique pieces like these.
The black magenta stamp from British Guiana will undoubtedly be the star of this auction. In addition to being the oldest object (165 years), it is also the rarest since it would be the last specimen of its kind. Sotheby’s estimated it at between $ 10 million and $ 15 million.
A 1933 double eagle coin at auction
Another very valuable lot: a gold “double eagle” coin dating from 1933. It is a coin which has a face value of 20 US dollars. In 2002, it became the most expensive coin in history, being sold for $ 7.6 million at auction. Here it is again under the hammer. This time, Sotheby’s thinks it can make between 10 and 15 million dollars, like the magenta stamp.
A sheet of four 24-cent postage stamps constitutes the last lot of this exceptional auction. It is a unique object because it contains a printing error, which prevented it from being put into circulation at the beginning of the 20th century. Sotheby’s estimates it between 5 and 7 million dollars.