Strip of four 1948 Gandhi 10 rupee Purple-Brown and Lake ‘SERVICE’ stamps

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Stanley Gibbons

A set of 4 stamps that includes the portrait of Gandhi has been offered for £500,000 – however the complete stays effectively wanting a global report.

Solely 13 of the 1948 Gandhi 10-rupee Purple Brown and Lake ‘Service’ stamps are in circulation.

The block of 4 was offered to a non-public collector-investor in Australia for the very best ever value for Indian stamps, stated seller Stanley Gibbons.

Nonetheless, the record price for a stamp offered an public sale was $9.5m (£7.4m).

That British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp was offered to an nameless bidder in June 2014.

The Indian stamps had been notably uncommon owing to the actual fact they had been in a set of 4.

Stanley Gibbons beforehand offered one in all these singles for £160,000 to a shopper in Uruguay final yr.

A block of 4 is within the Queen’s stamp assortment, which is believed to be the world’s largest and most respected in non-public fingers.

Keith Heddle, managing director of investments at Stanley Gibbons, stated: “The marketplace for high-quality Indian rarities has been robust for a number of years and is supported by the continued want of the rich Indian diaspora and savvy worldwide shoppers to personal these historic property.”