Archive for October, 2010

Early Postal Technology – video

October 29th, 2010

3 New Stamp Issuing Entities

October 27th, 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.

Rare Audrey Hepburn stamps in charity auction

October 16th, 2010

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.

Record price for Indian stamp

October 14th, 2010

A 1854 India stamp with inverted head described as “A most appealing and attractive example of this famous and exceptionally rare classic error” was sold in an auction held by Spink on 13 October 2010 for a record price of £105,390.