In Pictures: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s childhood stamp collection is first class

The UK’s largest stamp show is being held at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

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Last updated: 22 February 2018 - 8.44pm

The childhood stamp collection of singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor has gone on show at the Stampex Philatelic Exhibition in London.

A visitor holds a stamp album from the collection (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
A visitor holds a stamp album from the collection (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The UK’s largest stamp show, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, offers a chance for collectors to display their findings as well as purchase rare and interesting specimens.

A visitor looks at a Silver Jubilee stamp through a magnifying glass (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
A Silver Jubilee stamp seen through a magnifying glass (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Ellis-Bextor has previously said that she got into philately when she was six years old, adding she was inspired by her grandfather who would get out his collection for her to enjoy “the pictures and the stories”.

A visitor looks at a collection of envelopes and stamps during the Stampex philatelic exhibition (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
A visitor looks at a collection of envelopes and stamps during the Stampex philatelic exhibition (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

She said that she also loved speculating about the value of stamps, and hoped one day to become rich by buying the right specimens.

Stamp dealer Mark Bloxham holds up an SG1414a 1988 13p Christmas stamp (left) worth £8,000, next to a 14p version worth 14p (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
Stamp dealer Mark Bloxham holds up a 1988 13p Christmas stamp (left) worth £8,000, next to a 14p version worth 14p (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
collection of twelve SG 403 £1 green stamps, 1913 Waterlow Printing seahorse issue, worth £125,000 (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
Stamp dealer Michael Chipperfield holds a collection of twelve £1 green stamps, 1913 Waterlow Printing seahorse issue, worth £125,000 (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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