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19 November 2017 03:28 (South Africa)

Mistakes pay. Well. Chinese error stamp fetches record price at auction.

A Chinese stamp that was removed from sale the day it was issued because the printers and designers forgot to colour Taiwan red was sold at auction in Hong Kong for $475,000.  The stamp shows a worker holding Mao’s famous little red book and a map of China coloured red in the background.  However, somebody goofed because Taiwan was not red, despite the official title of the stamp: "The Whole Country is Red". Its original designer, Wang Wei Sheng, clearly lost years of sleep over the miscue.  He told the AFP, "For a long time I was really worried that I would be jailed". Read more: BBC

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