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Saturday, April 22, 2017
1948 Gandhi stamps sold for record Rs 4.14 crore
The "unique" strip of four ten-rupee stamps is considered the most important and desirable item of post-Indian independence philately, Jersey, UK-based dealer Stanley Gibbons said in a statement on Wednesday.
The purple-brown stamps are emblazoned with the word 'SERVICE' and were issued to the then governor-general's secretariat for official use. Only single stamps of this kind have previously been recorded to exist in private collections.
The purchase by an Australian investor is the latest in a number of transactions highlighting the strength of the market for rare Indian stamps. Stanley Gibbons sold a single Gandhi ten-rupee stamp to a client in Uruguay last year for 160,000 pounds (approximately Rs 1.32 crore). In March, an Indian stamp where the head of the young Queen Victoria had been inverted in error sold for 110,000 pounds (approx. Rs 91 lakh).
"The market for high-quality Indian rarities is supported by the on-going desire of the wealthy, Indian diaspora and savvy international clients to own these historic assets," the dealer said. Although the firm highlights the strength of the Indian collectibles market, it reported a pretax loss of 29 million pounds last year amid financial restructuring and discovery of errors in its accounting methods.