Philatelic record smashed by socialite’s ball

A new philatelic record has just been achieved, and it's all thanks to a colonial governor’s wife and her grand balls

Auction watch: The world’s most valuable stamp (it’s the ugly one)

If a stamp collector you know is jumping around like an excited puppy, either there’s a sale on argyle knitwear, or they’ve heard about Sotheby’s Three Treasures auction.

Storytime! Weekend at Punkie’s

A chance find at an auction has Punk suddenly rethinking his collecting strategy

How exhibitionism stripped me bare

Punk visited a stamp exhibition to geek out. So how did it end in an existential crisis?

An apology to rich people

Recently I wrote that rich people would pay outlandish prices for things that rats have peed on. I was wrong.

Watch a rich person pay $85,000 for something a rat peed on

The story of a king's head and a rat who couldn't wait

Culturally Revolutionary Stamp of the Day

Last week I posted a thank you stamp featuring an art by Degas of a ballet dancer. It reminded me of this 1973 Chinese issue that I saw recently in a club book. (That's philatelist talk. Best not to ask.)   It depicts a ballet called The White-Haired Girl, one of the Eight Model Plays engineered... Continue Reading →

You Can Own A Little Piece Of The Creepy Multimillionaire Who Steve Carell Got An Academy Award Nomination For Playing

Lately, Steve Carell has been creeping out moviegoers with his portrayal of John E. Du Pont in the film Foxcatcher. Academy voters even gave him a Best Actor nomination, hoping it would make him go away and stop haunting their nightmares. John E. Du Pont was an heir to the fortune of the American chemical... Continue Reading →

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