Marilyn Monroe Errors Reported
Imperforate Marilyn Monroe sheets were first reported on the West Coast.
THE NORTH COUNTY TIMES in suburban San Diego reports "two rare sheets of
uncut Marilyn Monroe stamps" were offered to Gary West of Great American
In the Pacific Northwest, another collector reportedly purchased an
imperforate sheet at his local post office. Within an hour, he had sold it
to a friend for $2,000. According to one report online, the collector
defended the low sale price, considering that a Richard Nixon misprint sold
in February for more than $16,000. "I don't need the money and this guy has
been a good friend to me for over 25 years."
There's no word on the price paid by Great American for the two Southern
California sheets. At first, according to the TIMES, West passed on them,
feeling they were out of his reach, but then reconsidered and brought in a
partner so that he could afford the stamps. In the words of the paper, "he
was drawn to Marilyn like a Kennedy."
The stamps were issued in June of 1995 in "classic collection" sheets of
20. No other errors have been reported.
West calls it a beautiful error. "There are other errors, but they
don't have the appeal of Marilyn," he told the TIMES. "I was never a
great fan of hers but I am becoming one.
He thinks others will, too. "The sheets appeal not only to stamp
collectors but for others who collect Marilyn items," he said.
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