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Meet the sculptor behind the $3.6 million settlement: Inside Linn’s

Jul 13, 2018, 7 AM
The United States Lady Liberty forever stamp and sculptor Robert S. Davidson posing in 1996 with part of the Lady Liberty sculpture before it was stained with the final color and installed. Photo courtesy of Robert S. Davidson.

By Molly Goad

The July 30 issue of Linn’s Stamp News just landed on the presses and goes in the mail to subscribers Monday, July 16. And if you subscribe to Linn’s digital edition, you’re at the head of the line with early access Saturday, July 14. Here are three stories you'll want to check out.   

The sculptor behind the $3.6 million settlement

Washington correspondent Bill McAllister talks with Robert S. Davidson, the Nevada sculptor who is in line to get the most money for artwork on a United States postage stamp. The artist said what he really wanted was recognition for his sculpture — not money.

Stamps of Eastern Europe: Provisional Government of Western Thrace

The Provisional Government of Western Thrace was short-lived, lasting a little more than two months in 1913. In this issue, Rick Miller takes a look at the stamps issued for the short-term entity at the conclusion of the Second Balkan War.

A third mix from “dad’s accumulation”

In the Kitchen Table Philately column in each issue of Linn’s, E. Rawolik VI or E. Rawolik VII analyze the content of stamp mixtures offered to collectors. E. Rawolik, of course, is a pseudonym that is “kiloware” (a stamp mixture) spelled backward.

In April, Lakeas (Lake Associates, Michigan) ran another ad selling oldies from dad’s accumulation. E. Rawolik VI previously reviewed two similar offers from Lakeas in 2016 and decided to purchase a third mix. As before, the seller was indicating that the cost-to-value ratio would be 8 percent. Does dad’s collection still have some goodies left in it?

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