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Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World

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Join us for the fourteenth annual Maynard Sundman Lecture at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum! This year, we welcome Mr. James Barron, author of the recently-published book “The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World.” Through the stories of those who have bought, owned, and sold the One-Cent Magenta, James Barron delivers a fascinating tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect.

Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Barron joined the New York Times in June 1977 after graduating from Princeton University, where he had been the paper’s correspondent during his junior and senior years. In a long career at the Times, he has written for virtually every section of the paper. He wrote minute-by-minute stories on the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and front-page lead stories on the Northeast blackout in 2003, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, also in 2012.

Make sure to get a glimpse of the world’s most famous stamp, the One-Cent Magenta, after the lecture! More info here: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

About the Sundman Lectures:

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum's Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a donation by his sons, David and Donald. The Sundman lectures feature talks by authors and expert philatelists on stamps and stamp collecting.

To learn more about who Maynard Sundman was, and view past lectures online, visit our website at: www.postalmuseum.si.edu/sundman

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