Rare postage stamp 1918 year issue - United States. "This is the infamous example that ended up inside a vacuum cleaner!!! As the story goes a collector had a private stamp room which his maid had strict instructions never to enter. One day however not only did she enter his stamp room but vacuumed the room.
Can you image his dismay when his beloved inverted jenny was missing? The stamp had ended up inside the vacuum cleaner. What happened to the maid I don’t know! It still retained its original gum but was torn.The tears have been sealed (a detailed scan of the stamp before this is available upon request). A very fine example sold recently for $970,000. This has a starting price of a tiny fraction of that. This stamp is Position 78 had has an unrivalled provenance.
13 June 1942 (Robinette) part of a collection
15 December 1953 (Heiman)
30 March 1954 (Kessler)
Sold by Raymond H Weill to Robert Fisher
15 Feb 1957 (Herst)
Ex “Ambassador” 28 April 1966 (Siegel)
23 March 1971 (Siegel)
9 January 1973 (Siegel)
Sold 21 June 1973 by Raymond Weill to Hermann Schnabel
18 June 1985 (Robson Lowe)
Offered by Siegel at Ameripex 1986
Vacuum Cleaner" Stamp price(value) 03 November 2008 - 85000 *.