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Lost and Now Found

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Another stolen rare stamp has shown up.

It’s a Jenny Invert — one of a hundred 1918 stamps with the upside-down airplane.  A
block of four was stolen while on display at an exhibition in 1955. Two of the stamps
were recovered decades ago. And now a third has turned up, brought to an auction house
for sale by a young British man… who inherited a collection from his grandfather. No
charges will be filed.

The auctioneers had the stamp checked for authenticity and in the process, it was
determined to be one of the stolen stamps. Back in 1918, when the sheet of error stamps
was first discovered, they were all numbered on the back in pencil. Also, the printing
techniques back then made each stamp slightly different.

Experts today know where nearly every one of these Jenny Inverts is and where it has
been. The major exception is the one remaining stamp from this block. Chances are, it’s
in someone’s collection… who may not know it was stolen. Or, like the one that turned
up April First, it may be in the possession of an heir who doesn’t know. Where has this
one been for the past 61 years? We may never know.

Recent sale prices for Jenny Inverts have been around 150-thousand dollars.

I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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