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Famous Stamp Collectors A Hobby For All
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:37:16 am »
Maria Sharapova     

Maria Sharapova former world No. 1 Russian professional tennis player. She has won 3 Grand Slam titles has been collecting stamps for a few years. Apparently she is not too happy about her hobby of stamp collecting coming out . She states  "Oh, God, stop. Every one's calling me a dork now, We're getting emails from, like, stamp collecting magazines asking if I can do an interview. I mean, it's just a hobby," said Sharapova. Her agent has banned her from talking about her stamp collecting as he  worried it will make her look like a nerd and not fit into the image he is trying to build of her.

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Freddie Mercury   

Freddie Mercury was a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. Freddie Mercury collected stamps as a child his stamp collection was aquired by the National Postal Museum  (in the United Kingdom) for £3,220 plus VAT in 1993.

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Nicolas Sarkozy     

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's growing stamp collection is helped by  fellow heads of state, including the Queen. When Nicolas Sarkozy makes state visits his  fellow heads of state often present him with valuable stamps as it is common knowledge he is an enthusiastic stamp collector.

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Jascha Heifetz
 
World Famous  violinist  Jascha Heifetz was topical or thematic collector who mainly collected stamps depicting music. His collection is in the Spellman Museum.

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Ronnie Wood
 
Ronnie Wood  the lead guitarist of The Rolling Stones took up stamp collecting as he gave up alcohol and found life boring. Ronnie Wood is set to fascinated by stamp collecting and is building up an impressive collection of rare stamps.

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Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor

   

Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor a English singer, songwriter, model collects stamps. She says, " I love stamp collecting  it's not very rock 'n' roll, I know, but I've got a big collection."

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Simon Wiesenthal Nazi Hunter
 
In 1953 it was Wiesenthal who discovered that Eichmann had fled to Argentina - as a consequence of his sole relaxation, stamp collecting. Baron Mast, a fellow collector of stamps, showed him a letter from a former Wehrmacht friend in Buenos Aires. The writer recounted that he had met some acquaintances from their regiment, and continued: "Imagine whom else I saw… that dreadful swine Eichmann who commanded the Jews. He lives near Buenos Aires and works for a water company."

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John Eleuthère duPont
                                        
John Eleuthère duPont (1938-2010) was an American billionaire and member of the prominent du Pont family. In 1997, DuPont was convicted of murdering Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler Dave Schultz the year before and sentenced to 13 to 40 years in prison. Among his interests was a passion for stamp collecting. He died in prison on December 9, 2010. In a 1980 auction he paid $935,000 for one of the rarest stamps in the world, the British Guiana 1856 1c black on magenta pictured above. This stamp is set to be worth 5 - 6 million dollars now. His estate is still in possession of the stamp.