Rare Audrey Hepburn stamps up for grabs

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Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) wearing a fur hat in a scene from 'Charade', directed by Stanley Donen, 1963. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British actress and humanitarian, Aubrey Hepburn is as popular today, as she was in the 50’s and now stamps of the star will be up for sale to the public.  This is a rare sheet of stamps that is expected to attract more than £350,000.

They were originally printed as part of a series featuring classic film stars but once they had reached production stage, Hepburn’s son Sean Ferrer was contacted for copyright permission.

Sean said: “In the original photo, she’s got sunglasses hanging from her mouth, but they had flipped the negative and replaced the glasses with the cigarette holder.”

As a result, he suggested that the postal service use an alternative or the original image but the stamps ended up being destroyed as Sean refused to grant copyright.  However, they have re-appeared years later.

Next week they will be up for sale in Berlin with stamp auctioneer Eliisabeth Schlegel in charge of the sale.  The money raised will be going towards two charities; Unicef and the Audrey Hepburn Children’s foundation.

It’s great to see Audrey’s humanitarian work is still being continued in some way.

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