Stamp Collector John du Pont Dies in Prison
Du Pont was a great-great-grandson of the DuPont Co.'s founder and used his wealth to pursue a wide variety of interests including stamp collecting.
According to the article, "In 1980, du Pont bought one of the world's rarest postage stamps -- a one-cent stamp called the Black on Magenta, printed in British Guiana in 1856 -- for $935,000 at a Philadelphia auction. Several Internet sites of stamp collectors say the stamp is locked in a Philadelphia bank vault.'
Paul Fraser Collectibles estimates the stamp to be worth upwards of $5 million.
Shown above, John E. du Pont being escorted to a sheriff's car on Jan. 21, 1997, just before his trial for murder began.
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