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U.S. Postage Stamp Honors Hollywood legend Bette Davis at Prestigious Auto Auction

A special stamp commemoration ceremony will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, on Oct. 16, 2008. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with remarks by long-time personal assistant Kathyrn Sermak and Las Vegas Postmaster Yul Melonson.

The ceremony is being held in conjunction with the auctioning of her “Black Beauty,” a 1980 Ford Mustang, which she ordered on the morning of her 72nd birthday. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be given to the Bette Davis Foundation, which helps young actors and actresses fulfill their dreams.

The car is one of more than 500 vehicles that will be auctioned by the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, which is hosting its inaugural Las Vegas event Oct. 16-18, 2008. The firm caters to collector car enthusiasts around the world. Other celebrity vehicles auctioned will include those owned by Toby Keith, Evel Knievel, Nicholas Cage and others.

“Bette Davis was one of the brightest lights of Hollywood,” Postmaster Melonson said. “We are honored to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s finest actresses through our stamp program.”

Special First-Day Bette Davis Stamp collectibles will be available throughout the day. The newly released “50s Fins and Chrome” stamps will also be featured.

Artist Michael Deas based his painting for the stamp on a black-and-white still of Bette Davis made during the filming of All About Eve (1950).

The Bette Davis Stamp is the 14th stamp issued in the Legends of Hollywood Stamp Series. Past stamp subjects include James Cagney, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and others.