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Eye-catching in every sense of the word, this stamp celebrated the Year of the Artist by showing nothing more than an amazing close-up of the one organ which is absolutely necessary for an observational artist.
It caused great excitement in some circles when it was suggested the centre of the eye had a tiny image of the starship Enterprise (from the cult science fiction series Star Trek) orbiting the Earth. And with a little imagination you can easily see why that was suggested.
In fact, what we see are simply light reflections from the studio set-up where the photograph was taken.
Design: Tobi Corney.
Printing: gravure by De La Rue.
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