Audrey Hepburn’s Rare Stamps Raise 430,000 euros for Charity

By Jayita, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

BERLIN ( — 10 rare postage stamps of actress Audrey Hepburn were auctioned off to raise the fund for charity. A piece of paper that shows the famed actress smoking a cigarette fetched not less than 430,000 euros ($600,000) in Berlin.

According to sources, The German Postal Service leaked out 14 million of the commemorative stamps in 2001 without the consent of her children. Hepburn’s children objected to the stamps on the ground of violation of rights to the picture. Most of those stamps were destroyed later.

Now, the money collected from the auction would be divided into few parts. Two-third of the money will be given away to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. The fund was founded in 1994 by the actress’s sons to help children around the world. It will be primarily used in educating youngsters in sub-Saharan Africa.

Hepburn had been Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children Fund from 1988 until her death from cancer in 1993. Her good work will be paid tribute by donating the other third to UNICEF Germany.

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