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Special Commentary - 14 November, 2009

Upcoming Sale of William Gross’
British North American
by Spink Shreves Galleries
19 November, 2009

The stamp community is anticipating with great interest the upcoming sale of William Gross’ BNA stamp in New York City on November 19th. Canadian Stamp News reports “The quality of the BNA material is something not seen since the collection of the late race-car driver Sir Gawaine Baillie was sold three years ago.”

Here is a sampling of what is being offered:

Scott 1
Estimate $20,000

Realized $50,350

Scott 2
Estimate $32,500
Realized $68,900

Scott 3
Estimate $110,000
Realized $275,600

Scott 5
Estimate $25,000
Realized $63,600

Scott 9
Estimate $20,000 - $30,000
Realized $42,400

Scott 15
Estimate $
Realized $5,565

Scott 25b
Estimate $2,000

Realized $4,240

Scott 43a
Estimate $600

Realized $2,650

Scott 55
Estimate $575

Realized $848



Scott 5
Estimate $30,000
Realized $20,140



Scott 7 & 4
Estimate $100,00 - $150,000

Realized $90,100

The Prices Realized have been converted to Canadian Dollars
at the rate of $1USD = $1.06 CDN

Mr. Gross plans to give the entire proceeds from the sale to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Our viewers may recall that Mr. Gross put his collection of UK stamps up for sale in June, 2007. The proceeds of $9.1 million were donated to the well known international charity, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières. Click here to see our special commentary.

It goes without saying that his actions do him great credit. Collectors around the world can only applaud his example of generosity.

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