Rare stamp sells for £400,000 on Jersey

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One of Britain's rarest stamps has been sold for £400,000 by a Jersey-based stamp dealer.

The 1904 6d Pale Dull Purple (I.R. Official) was sold to an anonymous private buyer by Stanley Gibbons Investment.

The stamp was issued on 14 March 1904, but was withdrawn almost immediately after issue.

Only 19 sheets were ever printed and on withdrawal, almost all were destroyed.

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