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Lincoln stamp collection brings nearly $2 million

Associated Press / April 18, 2009
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DALLAS - A Georgia man's collection of more than 10,000 Abraham Lincoln stamps has sold at auction in New York City for a total of nearly $2 million.

Dallas-based Spink Shreves Galleries yesterday auctioned off the Lincoln-focused collection that took William J. Ainsworth, 67, of Roswell more than 30 years to amass. Officials said bids came from around the world.

The pre-sale estimate for the collection was more than $2 million.

Among the collection's highlights was a proof of a block of eight mint-condition 90-cent stamps of Lincoln with his image accidentally printed upside-down. The block is one of only two known and sold for $149,600.