Most expensive newspaper copy

According to World Records Academy, the world record for the most expensive newspaper copy in the world belongs to a Romanian newspaper, Zimbrulu şi Vulturulu (The Auroch and the Eagle), printed in Iaşi on November 11, 1858. The newspaper was exposed in the World Philatelic Exhibition EFIRO 2008, in Bucharest, Romania. It returned home in Romania after more than 2 years in London, in a British collection, and dozens of other years in a bank in Switzerland.


The copy was bought by Joseph Hackmey, a famous art collector, at an auction held in Geneva by the "David Feldman" auction house. The piece had a starting price of 500.000 Euro and was sold for 700.000 Euro. With fees and commissions involved, the final price reached 829.500 Euros.


It has become the most valuable copy of a newspaper and the most precious philatelic piece (it is also a collection of postal marks) from a random happening - as the Romanian Post representatives said. The famous copy was sent in November 1858 with destination Galaţi. Because the package was weighting very much, on the copy were applied 8 postal marks Auroch Head (Cap de Bour), one of the most rare and appreciated stamp. It was franked with eight 5 Parale (coins) First Printing Cap de Bour, comprising a quarter of the 32 known used pieces on bluish paper. This is the most famous set of stamps and postal marks applied on a correspondence. At Galaţi it was sold to a bookseller and collector of stamps.

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