Archive for October, 2010
The Netherlands Antilles which originally consist of five islands, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba, ceased to exist on 10 October 2010.
Curacao and St. Maarten will have the Dutch monarch as the head of state and will enjoy greater autonomy than before. The other three islands will remain as overseas territories of The Netherlands and will be known as the Dutch Carribean Islands.
All three territories will be issuing their own stamps.
In 2001, the German postal service printed 14 million stamps of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a cigarette holder between her lips.
Hepburn’s son, Sean Ferrer, refused to grant permission for the photo and later suggested using another picture instead. The German authorities ordered the stock destroyed but some sheets survived.
The sheet that is being offered for auction is the one originally sent to Ferrer for approval. The sheet is expected to fetch $564,000.