Looking for ways to pass the time before the gradual ending of the lockdown, I pulled down from the shelf one of the volumes of my old stamp collection, which I had begun as a child. Suddenly, I was watching history unfold before me on the pages: kings and queens who had died, countries that are now called by new names, and amazing adventures or discoveries that were celebrated. But I also found that I had few Italian stamps and did not know much about them, so I decided it was time to do something about it. One of my first discoveries was that, in December 2014, the Turin auction house Bolaffi sold a Tuscan tre (three) lire postage stamp for 114,000 euro. The rarity of this Italian stamp makes it the most valuable Italian one of its kind on the philatelic market; a mere handful of new examples still exist and only two stamped letters. Furthermore, the history of this particular stamp is fascinating.