Monday, May 25, 2009

Legendary Mauritius stamp sells for $277,000

Essen, Germany - A legendary rare stamp, a 'Post Office' Mauritius One Penny Red, sold Friday at an auction in Germany for 210,000 euros (277,000 dollars), disappointing its previous owner, who had been expecting more.

Ullrich Schulze had mislaid the ancient postage stamp in one of his albums 20 years ago, forgetting where he had put it. But he stumbled on . . .

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Rare Audrey Hepburn postage stamp goes to auction

BERLIN — A collector stands to make a tidy profit after discovering a rare stamp portraying movie star Audrey Hepburn smoking — one of a series that should have been incinerated by the German government.

In 2001, the government printed 14 million Audrey Hepburn stamps as part of a series featuring movie stars including Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. The print run was destroyed after Hepburn's son . . .

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI Visit to Israel Postage Stamp Souvenir Sheet

To commemorate Pope Benedict XVI's visit this week to the Holy Land, the Israel Postal Company has released a personalised stamp sheet, together with an "Israel Welcomes Pope Benedict XVI" souvenir booklet.

The labels adjoining the stamps in the sheet and the photographs in the booklet, show pictures of 12 sacred places visited by innumerable Christian pilgrims over the centuries. The places are: the Grotto of the Annunciation, Nazareth; the Sea of Galilee; the Church of the Dormition, Jerusalem; the Church of the Primacy of St Peter; the Church of the Transfiguration; Church of the Beatitudes; the Rotunda of the Tomb in the Holy Sepulchre; the Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Church of All Nations, Gethsemane; The Garden of Gethsemane and the Cenacle, the room of the Last Supper.

Designed to look like stained glass and old parchment, the booklet includes Biblical texts selected from the Jerusalem Bible and short descriptions of the Holy places. These have been carefully translated into Hebrew and the booklet includes both the English and Hebrew text together.

The Israel Post Philatelic Service has printed 10,000 numbered copies of the stamp sheet and booklet.

The non-denominational, definitive "Blue and White" stamp, as . . .

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Don't Forget, U.S. Postage Rates Increase Today!

Peel 'em and weep: First-class stamps rise 2 cents

WASHINGTON — The post office wants two more pennies for your thoughts. The price of a first-class stamp for mailing a letter — or paying a bill — climbed to 44 cents Monday, though folks who planned ahead and stocked up on Forever stamps will still be paying the lower rate.

It's the third straight year rates have gone up in May under a new system that allows annual increases as long as they don't exceed the rate of inflation for the year before.

While the increase will bring in added income, the post office continues to . . .

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Rare Penny Black found in attic

“It’s astonishing what people are throwing away.”

ONE of the rarest examples of a Penny Black stamp has been discovered in a North Wales derelict attic, hidden in pigeon droppings.

The 1841-dated postage stamp, pictured , was found alongside 26 other Penny Blacks, the first adhesive stamps used by any postal service in the world, and with 400 examples of its successor the Penny Red in the Denbighshire loft.

The particularly rare stamp comes from the “number 11” plate, the last one to be used to make the stamps before the red colour was adopted.

Few were made and they have a book value of up to . . .

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