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SECTION - A (Reading - 20 Marks)
1. Read the following passage carefully :
Believe it or not, a fragile and tiny wisp of paper could fetch millions of dollars! Considering their size and weight, postage, stamps are perhaps the costliest item in the world.
A well informed buyer or seller, who knows the intrinsic value of the postage stamp can make this an alternate investment. As an investment it may be slow off-the- block as it is not guided by concept of stock and exchange, but it does have a global market. In USA, China and Europe, there are auction houses specializing in auctioning of stamps. Stanley Gibbson Ltd and Solhby's are some of the well known auction houses. The stamp dealers and collectors purchase and resell stamps here.
Trading of stamps like any other commodity, is a knowledge game based on the rules of demand and supply. The stamps, which are rare, few in number or with error in printing or old stamps with limited editions are valuable from auctioneer's and collector's point of view. The price depends on the condition of the stamps. They have to be preserved in transparent pouches and handled with great care. In India there is no organized sector for stamp dealers and collectors, but there are few auction houses.Stamp auctions are of two types-room auction, the traditional style where Connoisseurs collect to bid for items and post auctions in which auctioneer sends catalogue to collectors and they bid via post, e-mail or fax.Author of books on Philately Vishnu Saxena said, "some of the most prestigious and popular stamps that were auctioned at Rs. One lakh each are the American cover known as lady Mcgill printed in 1852, British Guiana 1885, Swedish stamp of 3 shillings of 1885, bi colour stamp and queen's head in red with blue border printed upside down.
Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate options from the ones given below
(a) What amongst the following is not true about stamp collection?
(i) It could fetch millions of dollars.
(ii) It does have a global market
(iii) There is no auction house in India
(iv) Solhby's and Stanley Gibbson Ltd are well known houses.
(b) Stamp market is
(i) Guided by concepts of stock and exchange
(ii) A knowledge game based on concept of demand and supply
(iii) Both (i) and (ii)
(iv) None of the above
(c) The word that does not have the same meaning as 'intrinsic?'
(iii) Carrying an under hand plot
(iv) Belonging naturally
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