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Manuela López Restrepo |
NPRMonday, November 20, 2023
An enlarged replica of a block of four rare United States airmail error stamps, known as the Inverted Jenny plate block.
History, intrigue and a misprint combine so that a single stamp has sold for $2 million at auction.
What is it? Well, at the basic level, it is a U.S. postage stamp from 1918. But this stamp's got lore, baby.
So it's a big deal? It is the "icon of stamp collecting," according to Scott Trepel, the president of Siegel Auction Galleries in New York and an expert in the stamp field.
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