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Artist sues US Postal Service over Statue of Liberty stamp mix-up

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 10:34pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 5:03am
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An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty stamp has come back to haunt the US Postal Service.

The "forever" stamp design released in 2011 was not based on the statue in New York Harbour, as intended, but on a replica outside the New York-New York casino hotel in Las Vegas.

Now the sculptor who made the Lady Liberty of the Las Vegas Strip is suing the government for copyright infringement. Lawyers for Robert Davidson say the Sin City statue is more "fresh-faced" and "sultry" than the original. She has more stylish hair, and appears to be smirking slightly.

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour has appeared on more than 20 stamps.

The post office selected the close-up photograph of the statue's head and crown from a photography service and did not find out about the error until a stamp magazine ran an exposé.