Heritage Auctions put up for auction a unique 20-dollar bill with a sticker from a banana.
As CNN reports, referring to the auction house, now the bid for the so-called Del Monte banknote is $ 57,500 ($ 69,000 including the auction house premium).
The bill in question is a $20 bill that has a Del Monte fruit vendor sticker next to the portrait of the 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson. The peculiarity is that the sticker appeared on the banknote at the time of its production and the serial number was printed on it, and the U.S. Treasury stamp was put on it.
Experts note that such a defect is not as rare as it might seem. Usually there is a piece of paper, a piece of rubber band, or tape on the bill. They then fall off, and a white spot on the bill. Such collectible rarities cost anywhere from $100 to $1000.
However, the Del Monte banknote is unique because the sticker remains on it and stands out not only by its bright color, but also by its feel. The first to discover this banknote from the 1996 series was in 2003, a student from Ohio who received it at an ATM.
Auction house experts note that the sticker may have appeared as a result of a joke, rather than a simple accident. U.S. dollars are printed in three stages: first the image on the back side, then the front side, and then the serial number is printed and the federal stamp is placed. Experts say the sticker appeared exactly where the stamp and number are printed – if it had been in any other spot on the bill it would have been impossible to prove the sticker was affixed during manufacturing of the “twenty”. It’s not impossible that the brightly colored sticker was glued on for some kind of testing.