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First known piece of mail sent using a stamp could fetch millions at auction

via Sotheby's
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A historic piece of mail, featuring the first prepaid stamp, is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York, with an estimated value of $1.5-2.5 million.

The letter, dated May 2, 1840, was sent from London and bears the Penny Black stamp.

The recipient, William Blenkinsop Jr., transformed the envelope into a Mulready, an ornate wrapper. (Trending: Joe Biden Caught In Another Major Lie About J6)

Richard Austin, Sotheby’s Global Head of Books & Manuscripts, wrote in a statement, “Surviving over 180 years, the ornate Mulready envelope sealed with a Penny Black revolutionized the way people from all walks of life correspond, exchange ideas, share news and express themselves.”

“At the dawn of the AI age, this remarkable object speaks to our innate human desire for connection and the ways in which it has evolved to new heights in the two centuries since,” he continued.

This artifact symbolizes the evolution of human connection and communication over the past 180 years.

The Penny Black stamp was introduced to standardize postal rates, while the Mulready envelope, although short-lived, represents a significant advancement in postal history.

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