Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rare Audrey Hepburn Stamps | Auction in Germany

It seems hard to believe, but a block of 10 stamps printed in the last decade, is almost certainly the priciest Post-War stamp item anywhere.

The entire 2002 print run was ordered to be destroyed after Hepburn's son, Sean Ferrer, objected to the cigarette holder dangling from the actress' mouth and refused to grant copyright. But the Finance Ministry had already delivered advance copies of the Hepburn stamps to Deutsche Post for approval. Thirty of these proof copies escaped destruction when an unknown employee pocketed them and used them to send letters postmarked from Berlin. [read more]. The auction of this unused sheet could bring in excess of $1 Million Dollars.

The proceeds (100%) will benefit UNICEF and the Audrey Hepburn children's foundation. This October 16th auction will be worth watching for sure.

UPDATE: Auction Sale Price -- this rare sheet of stamps fetched 430,000 euros (£377,324) [$601,000 USD] at a charity auction in Berlin, two-thirds of which will go to help educate children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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1 comment:

The Queen Vee said...

Audrey was such a stunningly beautiful woman. I've often wondered if her smoking didn't contribute to her early demise. Those stamps will continue to support the causes she was so committed to in life as they sold for $601,000 yesterday. I think she would be very pleased.