Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Kempinski curiosity

A rare German stamp showing Audrey Hepburn with her trademark cigarette holder was up for auction at the Kempinski Hotel Bristol in Berlin today. With an estimated bid of $42,000, it is only the fifth of such stamps to have been discovered. In 2001 14 million of them were printed, but they were destroyed when Hepburn's son, Sean Ferrer, objected to them. All of the stamps except for some proof copies sent to Deutsche Post for approval were destroyed. An employee snatched 30 of them and sent them postmarked from Berlin. This is one of them.

The Aujourd'hui restaurant in the Four Seassons Hotel Boston, one of the city's finest, is closing at the end of June as a result of the credit crunch, which has depleted its customers. In its place the more casual Bristol Lounge will open. Such a name is bound to attract a similarly classy clientele.

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