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Commentary No. 80 - 17 February, 2006

The Duane Hilmer Gold Medal Collection
Sold at Auction
September 28, 1977
In New York

Every so often a collection of Canadian stamps appears that is so extraordinary it takes your breath away. Such is the Duane Hilmer collection that we feature in this commentary.

It’s funny how we came across it! We were reading through a pamphlet sent out by Saskatoon Stamp Center in January and in it they advertised a 1977 auction catalogue featuring a sale in New York by Sotheby Park Bernet Stamp Auction Co. What caught our attention were the words “incredible pence and unique multiples”. So we sent away for the catalogue, happily paying the $39.95 price, and what treasures we found.

Here is a sampling of those treasures:

Scott 1
with original gum


Catalogue $24,000
Realized $11,500
Scott 1
corner margin copy


Catalogue $400
Realized $2,900

 

Scott 3
One of 2 remaining
pairs that exist


Catalogue $40,000
Realized $40,000
Scott 4
Full OG margin copy


Catalogue $3,000
Realized $6,500

 

Scott 4
Probably the finest mint block that exists, OG


Catalogue $4,500
Realized $14,000

 

Scott 4a
Outstanding horizontal bottom margin pair


Catalogue $250
Realized $2,600

 

Scott 4
A very scarce and beautiful strip of 4


Catalogue $500
Realized $2,500

 

Scott 4a
Used block of 6
ex.: Seybold & Caspary


Catalogue $750
Realized $4,250

 

Scott 5b
Rare greenish-grey pair, OG


Catalogue $8,000
Realized $8,000

 

Scott 7a
Unique mint bottom block, OG


Catalogue $11,000
Realized $35,000

 

Scott 7a
Glorious used block of 4, possibly finest known


Catalogue $2,000
Realized $9,000

 

Scott 8
Bottom sheet margin block, OG


Catalogue $1,600
Realized $4,250

 

Scott 9
Top sheet margin pair, full OG


Catalogue $5,500
Realized $15,000
Scott 9
Famous unique block of 4, OG
ex.: Gill & Fox


Catalogue $11,000
Realized $22,000

 

 

Scott 11
Extremely fine, OG


Catalogue $650
Realized $1,250
Scott 11
Great rarity,
not more than 2 or 3 pairs known, OG


Catalogue $1,300
Realized $2,100

 

Scott 13
The finest mulitple of this stamp that exists


Catalogue $7,000
Realized $12,500

We hope you have enjoyed this display of some of the finest examples of Canada’s stamps of the early classic period. The chances of seeing so many stamps of this caliber all brought together in one sale are so rare. We feel very lucky to have had this opportunity and commend Saskatoon Stamp Center for its efforts in promoting Canada’s stamp literature.

Please note: All above prices are U.S. dollars.

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