Sophie Ellis-Bextor Collects Stamps

Picture: Sophie Ellis-Bextor leaving the Dom Perignon party held at the Langham Hotel London, England – 26.02.08

The Murder on the Dancefloor singer admitted that her beloved collection would be one of the first things she would save, apart from her family pictures, if her house was flooded.

She says, “I’d save my photographs first but then it would have to be my stamp collection. It’s not very rock ‘n’ roll, I know, but I’ve got a big collection.”

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“The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is a prominent recent convert to stamp collecting. He took it up on coming out of rehab as a way of “trying to stay on the straight and narrow”.

Other noted collectors have included John Lennon – his childhood album, complete with his sketches on some of the stamps, is at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington DC.

Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, meanwhile, was an avid collector in childhood, entrusting his album to his father when he went off to art college. It is one of his few personal effects not burnt (in line with his Zoroastrian belief) on his death, and is now owned by London’s National Postal Museum & Archive.