Imagine you have a lottery ticket worth $5milion, and a stupid TV journo destroys it’ accidentally. Brit George Hansworth, who had a British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp saved from his childhood collection, was the hapless witness to the ugly incident. Legend has it that there were two more, the first of which was purchased and burnt in 1920 by US industrialist Arthur Hind. The other rests safely in a bank vault in the city of Philadelphia, USA.
The stamp was verified as genuine and was due to go under the hammed in London this year. An elating interview for the gentleman with British News 24 TV channel, turned out to be ruinous, to say the least!