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James Barron is a reporter for the New York Times, where his writing has appeared in virtually every section of the paper. He is the author of Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand, and he also edited The New York Times Book of New York.

His new book is new book is The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World. 

When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the one-cent magenta in the years in between, James Barron delivers a tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect.

You might know that Uncle Sam, the personification of the United States, is based on a real person. Samuel Wilson, a meatpacker who lived in Troy, New York from the late 1700s until his death in 1854, is said to be the original Uncle — but even that is up for debate. Either way, a group of Trojans this weekend is hoping to bid on what could be the only known photograph of Wilson.

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On Monday, the City of Glens Falls will place its publicly owned arena up for auction. While some in the city are looking for a sale, others are hoping to keep the ownership of the Glens Falls Civic Center within the community.

With a $1.5 million price tag, the Glens Falls Civic Center will be put up for auction Monday morning. The Civic Center, owned by the city since its construction in the 1970s, has been a drain on the city’s finances in recent years.

The Annual Art For AIDS' Sake gala is semi-formal party and silent auction held every October at the New York State Museum to benefit the Albany Damien Center. This year's gala – the 12th annual - is scheduled for Saturday October 20th. Lakia Green and Paul Kosachiner from the Albany Damien Center join us to tell us more.