A Famous Error Is One for the Record Books (Re: Stamps)

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A block of four United States airmail stamps with the airplane in the center famously - and erroneously - printed upside down was auctioned yesterday evening in New York for $2,970,000, a world record for a stamp item.

The 1918 stamp, known to collectors as the Jenny because of the Curtiss JN-4 biplane depicted in the design, was the first American issue for air postage. Its value was set at 24 cents.

But of roughly two million printed, 100 bore the topsy-turvy center plane and became known as the Inverted Jenny. They quickly became the stuff of philatelic legend.

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