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The 10 Rupees Postage stamp depicting Mahatma Gandhi issued by India in 1948 is one of India's most famous stamps.A set of 100 of these stamps were overprinted with the word "Service" and provided only to the Governor General of India for his official use. This "Service" overprinted stamp is one of India's costliest and rarest stamps. This stamp was a part of the "Service" 1948 set which was auctioned for 38,000 Euros in the David Feldman's auction sale on 5 October 2007.In an auction on May 19 2011 at Geneva, David Feldman's sold the 1948 10 Rupee Mahatma Gandhi stamp of India for a World Record price of EUR 144,000 (US$ 205,000), this is also a record for the most expensive modern stamp.The stamp, probably the finest remaining example out of only 18 known in existence today, was issued by the Government of India as a set of 4 commemorative stamps on August 15th, 1948 as a tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated in January of the same year . These were the first commemorative stamps of Independent India, and issued in 4 denominations – 1 ½ / 3 ½ / 12 Annas, and the 10 Rupees. A set of only 100 10 Rs. stamps (in two sheets) were overprinted with “Service”, making these the world’s least printed stamp.
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