Monday, November 2, 2009

sometimes errors do pay off later...

A Chinese stamp pulled from circulation the day it was issued because it failed to show Taiwan as part of China has fetched a record price in Hong Kong. The rare 1968 stamp was picked up at an auction by an unidentified buyer, for HK$3.68m (US$475,000, £290,000). It features a worker holding a book filled with Mao Zedong's quotations and a red map of China in the background. However, self-ruled Taiwan was left uncoloured. China sees the island as a renegade province of its own. The stamp is entitled "The Whole Country is Red". Its sale sets a record price for a Chinese stamp. Its designer, Wang Wei Sheng, who watched the hammer fall, said he had feared he would be punished for his mistake. "For a long time I was really worried that I would be jailed," he told AFP news agency. "Officials told me that it was a really big mistake, but in the end nothing happened."
Mr Wan and other designers had been commissioned to make a series of stamps during the Cultural Revolution, a decade-long period of mass political and social upheaval in China starting in the mid-1960s. Taiwan split from China in 1949 at the end of a civil war and has been self-ruled since, but Beijing still considers the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification.
Note from: BBC News

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