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Commentary No. 99 - 17 September, 2007

The Dale and Lichtenstein Collections of Canada

Sold between 1968 - 1970

This is, to the best of our knowledge, the best collection of Canadian stamps ever offered for sale at auction. We say this based on a review of the four auction catalogues used for the sales that took place in New York, conducted by H.R. Harmer Inc., between 1968 and 1970.

Louise Dale & Alfred Lichtenstein

We knew little of these two individuals and so were pleased to find the following description on the site of the Philatelic Foundation of New York. We quote from that source as follows:

Already a stamp collector with a major collection, on the death of her father, Alfred F. Lichtenstein (1876-1947), the Vassar-educated Louise Boyd Dale (1913-1967) inherited her father's world class collection. One should recall, however, that in the 1940's philately was almost exclusively a "For Men Only" fraternity. This did not deter the daughter of the great philatelist. She energetically continued to build upon the great collection. Not content to rest upon her father's philatelic laurels, she became a major philatelist in her own right. She greatly expanded the U.S. area of the collection, and many of the choice U.S. items from the April 19, 1989 auction of Harmers of New York, like the unique imperforate pairs of the 1875 Government Reprints of the 1857 issue, were her acquisitions. She also immersed herself in philatelic scholarship and research, and she presented lectures at the Collectors Club, most notably on "The Bordeaux Issues of France”.

Here are some of the best examples from this collection. Please excuse the quality of some of the images. The black and white ones reflect the originals in the catalogue that were not very clear. Most of the colour images come from later auctions of material from this sale that we were able to find. We would once again like to thank Messrs. Cimon Morin and Michel Guénette of the Canadian Postal Archives in Ottawa for providing us with the prices from this auction. All prices are in $US.

Highlights of the Sale

12 Pence Black

 


Scott 3


12d Queen on laid paper, huge margins, probably the finest single existing copy, o.g. (sold for $26,000)

 


Scott
3


12d Queen on laid paper, full o.g. superb in every respect (sold for $17,000)

 


Scott
3


12d Queen on laid paper, bottom margin pair, one of the gems of the collection (sold for $39,000)

 


Scott
3


12d Queen on laid paper, bottom corner pair, magnificent, full o.g. (sold for $40,000) 

 


Scott 3


12d Queen on laid paper, tied to folded cover, one of few covers existing (sold for $16,000)

 


Scott 1


Block of 4 o.g., the finest of 2 blocks known (sold for $2,800)

 


Scott 2


Pair, slate violet, full o.g. (sold for $4,500)

 


Scott 4


Block of 9, very rare, largest known block (sold for $2,500)

 


Scott 4b


Bisect on envelope, believed to be unique (sold for $11,000)

 


Scott 5d


Block of 6, grey violet. (sold for $14,500)

 


Scott 7


Strip of 3, dull blue on thin paper, trace of o.g. (sold for $2,200)

 


Scott 7a


Pair, o.g. margins all around (sold for $4,750)

 


Scott 8


Block of 9 with Printer’s imprint at bottom o.g. (sold for $725)

 


Scott 8a


Rose, pair part o.g. (sold for $1,300)

 


Scott 9


Bright yellow green, unique used block of 4 (sold for $5,650)



Scott 10


Reddish purple, strip of 3 (sold for $1,450)

 


Scott 13


Brown violet, full o.g. (sold for $1,150)

 


Scott 13a


Grey violet, part o.g. (sold for $1,800)

 


Scott 15a


Imperforate block of 4 with part of printer’s imprint, large part o.g. (sold for $5,500)

 


Scott 16


Black brown 1st Day cover, dated July 1 1859, possibly unique (sold for $525)

 


Scott 19


Indigo block of 6, o.g. (sold for $1,350)

 


Scott 26


Imprint block of 8 o.g. (sold for $1,800)

 


Scott 26b


Only known imperforate pair, unused, faint crease between stamps (sold for $600)

 


Scott 27iv


Double printed, exceptional (sold for $1,050)

 


Scott 27iv


Double printed, small tear and nibbled perfs. (sold for $550)

 


Scott 31


Laid paper o.g. few nibbled perfs. (sold for $2,300)

 


Scott 29d


Imprint block of 20 o.g. with full margins (sold for $2,100)

General Comments

What can one possibly say about a collection of the scope and magnitude of this one?  We expect to be coming back to it again and again as a reference point.  We wish we could go on showing more.  It is hard to believe we only came across the catalogues from these four auctions by chance when glancing through Eastern’s June, 2007 auction catalogue.  Thank goodness this valuable philatelic material is still around so that it can be shared. Lucky us!

Over the years, collectors who have acquired stamps from the Dale Lichtenstein collections have been very proud to own them.  When they subsequently sell them, the opportunity to say that a stamp is ex Dale Lichtenstein means everything and well it should.  It means it comes from one of the best collections of BNA ever assembled! 

1970 Prices Realized vs. 2008 Scott Catalogue

Scott

Description

1970 Prices Realized
*

Scott 2008
Value
**

3

12d single o.g.

26,000

80,000

3

12d single o.g.

17,000

80,000

3

12d pair

39,000

160,000

3

12d pair o.g.

40,000

160,000

3

12d on cover

16,000

250,000

1

3d block of 4 o.g.

2,800

80,000

2

6d pair o.g.

4,500

40,000

4

3d block of 9, unused

2,500

11,250

4b

3d bisect on  cover

11,000

40,000

5d

6d block of 6

14,500

84,000

7

10d strip of 3 o.g.

2,200

19,500

7a

10d pair o.g.

4,750

14,500

8

½d block of 9. o.g.

725

6,750

8a

½d pair

1,300

16,500

9

7½ block of 4

5,650

11,000

10

6d strip of 3

1,450

45,000

13

6d single

1,150

11,000

13a

6d single

1,800

11,500

15a

5¢ block of 4 o.g.

5,500

23,000

16

10¢ 1st. day cover

525

unknown

19

17¢ block of 6 o.g.

1,350

5,400

26

5¢ LQ block of 8 o.g.

1,800

9,600

26b

5¢ LQ imperforate pair

600

11,000

27iv

6¢ LQ double printed F

1,050

25,000

27iv

6¢ LQ double printed VG

550

10,000

31

1¢ LQ on laid paper o.g.

2,300

18,500

29d

15¢ LQ block of 20 o.g.

2,100

11,500

   
* $U.S.
** $Cdn

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