Most expensive newspaper copy-Romanian newspaper
sets world record
BUCHAREST, Romania-- The "Auroch and the Eagle"
("Zimbrulu and Vulturulu"), bought for 830 000 Euros by Joseph
Hackmey. sets the world record for the most expensive
newspaper copy in the world.
The "Auroch and the Eagle" newspaper was
printed in Iasi (Romania) in 1858 and was sent by mail in
1858 and paid with no less than 8 of the priceless Auroch’s
At the last auction, held in Geneva
by the „David
Feldman" auction house, the piece had a starting price
of 500.000 Euro and was sold for 700.000 Euro to Joseph
Hackmey. With fees and commissions involved, the final
price reached 829.500 Euros.
The amount made The Auroch and the Eagle ("Zimbrulu
and Vulturulu") the most expensive newspaper copy in the world.
Hackmey, who spends much of his time
in Britain, has been involved in property
deals and made a name for himself as an art collector.
Hackmey took over his father’s Israeli insurance business
and Israel Phoenix Assurance was sold in 2002, netting the
It has become the most valuable copy of
a newspaper and the most precious philatelic piece (it is
also a collection of postal marks) from a random happening-
as the Romanian Post representatives said. (enlarge
photo- photo courtesy Romanian Post)
The famous copy was sent in November 1858
with destination Galati. Because the package was weighting
very much, on the copy were applied 8 postal marks Bull Head
(Cap de Bour), one of the most rare and appreciated stamp.
At Galati it was sold to a bookseller and collector of stamps.
This is the most famous set of stamps and postal
marks applied on a correspondence.
The newspaper with a value of over
830 thousand Euro is back in Romania after more than 2 years
in London, in a British collection, and dozens of other years
in a bank in Switzerland.
Photo: Romanian President Traian Basescu admiring the most
expensive newspaper copy in the world at
photo: courtesy Romanian post)
These days it is exposed in the World
Philatelic Exhibition EFIRO 2008, at Romexpo Bucharest
(Romania); the exhibition is organized by the National
Romanian Post Office, in collaboration with Romanian
Philatelic Federation. The newspaper can be admired
in Bucharest between June 20-27.