What Is the Treskilling Yellow That Was Sold at Auction for Over $2 Million in 1996?


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The Treskilling Yellow is a Swedish postage stamp that, as of 2014, recorded the highest value at auction of any stamp. In 1855, Sweden accidentally printed its 3-skilling stamp with yellow ink rather than the correct green color. Only one copy of the stamp is known to exist.

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The price of the stamp has successively increased over time. In 1984, it was sold for $1.07 million, and in 1996, it was sold for approximately $2.3 million. It was sold again in 2010 for an undisclosed price, although the auctioneer confirmed that, once again, the stamp was sold at a higher price than any other rare stamp.

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