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Rare Audrey Hepburn stamp fetches 66,500 dollars at auction

The Raw Story
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday October 13, 2006

Dusseldorf, Germany- A rare stamp honouring Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn was sold for 53,000 euros (66,500 dollars) at an auction in Germany on Friday. The 1.10-mark stamp was withdrawn before release in 2001 after Hepburn's family objected because she was shown smoking a cigarette in a scene from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Most of the 14 million stamps printed were destroyed. But five sheets of 10, which had been set aside for the German post office archive, went missing.

However, three individual stamps reached the public domain, among them the one sold to a German telephone bidder on Friday.

Another of the stamps fetched 135,000 euros at an auction last year.

In 2003, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp honouring the actress. It has a drawing of her based on a publicity photo from the movie Sabrina.

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