Commentary No. 67 - 17 January, 2005
Robert A. Lee Announces His Retirement Plans
It came as quite a surprise to us when we read the letter Bob Lee included in his auction catalogue last November. Here’s part of what he wrote:
“Over the past 29 years, Robert A. Lee Auctions has built a reputation as one of the premier stamp auction houses in Canada. It is therefore with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement, effective the end of December, 2005.
With this in mind, the purpose of this letter is to acknowledge the multitude of client requests that I have received over the years regarding my retirement. Specifically, many of you have asked that I apprise you of my final day well in advance in case you have collections that you may want me to handle before I leave. In response to your requests, be advised that I am planning several very special auctions in 2005 to commemorate our 30 years in business. Accordingly, if you have a collection or duplicates that you wish to sell, there is no better time than now to contact me about them.
It should be noted that Robert A Lee Auctions is available to a qualified buyer, one who would carry on the business in the same professional manner our clients have come to expect. I am receptive to all enquiries which will be held in the strictest confidence…. I can be reached toll-free at 1-800-755-2437.”
As we read the above we began thinking about all the outstanding stamps Bob has offered in his auctions over the past five years. We thought it might be of interest to our viewers to see some of these. We have a very high regard for Bob and so it was a great pleasure to go back into his catalogues. Here are some of the best we could find:
September 29, 2001
March 2, 2002
Scott 30 - Imprint copy
May 11, 2002 “ John J. Gaudio” collection of Canadian Revenue Stamps
Only recorded copy!
One of 4 items in lot 187
Van Dam FWS3
Van Dam TDF1
October 19, 2002
Van Dam FB53a
May 17, 2003
Scott 96-103 on cover
Scott 34a var (with re-entry)
October 25, 2003 “ Horrace W.Harrison” Registration Collection
"The Woodgate re-entry"
8¢ small die proof
Rare registered cover, illustrated in
"Gems of Canadian Philately"
March 13, 2004
Scott 41a VF NH
Scott 57 - perfin stamp on cover
June 26, 2004
Scott 122b deep orange
Over the past 40 years, Bob has established a reputation for excellence. He has been entrusted with a number of major collections and has sold them most successfully. Bob has given of his time to the Canadian philatelic community and is currently President of the British North American Philatelic Society and a Director of the Postal History Society of Canada.
We wish him a very successful completion of his career and the sale of his business in 2005
©2005, Canadian Stamp Auctions Ltd., Montréal, Québec, Canada