Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
21 February, 2007 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
Believe it or not, there are some people who like to bid on forgeries of Canadian stamps. We’re not sure why, but would guess that having a forgery helps to round off a specialized collection. This could be what you go after when you have collected everything else.
Some forgeries look
cheap. But there are others, like the ones shown below, that show a
lot of skill:
These examples are all ex the Dale-Liechtenstein collection. According to Eastern, the above Newfoundland fake overprint was an extremely dangerous forgery and several were sold as genuine in the 1930s before being discovered.
These small Queens with the rare 11½ x12 perforations seldom come so well centered and, even rarer, with such nice perfs. Ones like these always catch the bidder’s attention. We have only recorded the sale of three VF copies at auction in the past 7 years. They are definitely scarce.
We were a bit surprised at the above results, but feel that they show how unpredictable stamp auctions can be. Both are described as VF LH. The first one had all its perfs, but had a tiny inclusion speck on the gum. The second one is ex- Sir Gawaine Baillie which is an excellent pedigree, it sold for much less than the first one. The only fault we could find with it was a short perf. in the lower right, but then, short perfs. are quite common with these rare stamps.
So in our view, for what it is worth, these two beauties sold for less than their true value. Congratulations to the buyers, you did well!
Pearson - printed on gum
Here’s another result that surprised us because the price was on the low side. How could this be since the market for stamps printed on gum has generally been so strong in recent years? Could it be because the stamp is centered low? Usually this would explain it, but the fact is that in the past two years, we have recorded the sale of ten copies at auction and all of them were centered low. In other words, it seems to be the rule for this stamp rather than the exception. The only explanation is that the stamp got overlooked in the bidding and someone got lucky.
What we take from this is that if you enjoy auctions, bid at “your prices” on many lots and once in awhile you will be a winner.
Test Coil of 100
For more details of the sale, please click on the highlights button.
This sale had one new record price: