Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
24 March, 2007 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
This Eastern sale
started off with a beautiful 12d trial collar die proof selling for
a record price. As Unitrade notes, these proofs come in various colours,
this one being the bluish green one:
The $7,000 catalogue value seems a bit on the high side. Previously the top price realized was $3,360 set in late 2006. Thus, this is the second new record price for this variety in the past four months.
Each stamp has its special features. Scott 7 has large margins, Scott 11 has a nice clear date stamp from 1864 and Scott 13, while cut close, had full clean original gum.
83 - New record price
This is a remarkable price for a stamp which is not that rare. Over 15 million copies were issued. During the past seven years, the record price of $1,300, set in 1999, went unbeaten. Then in 2006, a copy of the stamp sold for $1,320, then another for $1,456 and now the price has jumped to $2,200. We have noted that the 10¢ stamps in a number of the early sets, from the Small Queens to the Admirals, are doing exceptionally well
90iii – the “Original Imperforates”
From comments in sales of this variety over the past twenty years, it is understood that Plate 1 is a darker shade and Plate 2, a paler shade. The marks between the stamps have been described as having been added by Jarrett so that the stamps on both sheets could be plated. According to John Jamieson of the Saskatoon Stamp Centre, the marks on Plate 1 are red, while those on Plate 2 are black
Thus it would seem that the above block with black marks is from Plate 2 and so it must be the paler shade. Eastern notes that the small area of light staining and thinning in the lower right corner comes from where the block had been affixed in a record book.
Wapiti on Rolland Paper
According to Unitrade, there are only 200-300 copies known of this stamp on Rolland paper. This means 4 to 6 sheets of 50. That’s rare! The Unitrade value is $900. We have previously only recorded the sale of 3 single copies and one block since the stamps were issued in 1988. In the past three years, the prices realize that auction have climbed from $622 to $790 and then down a bit to the present $725 in this sale. This is quite a special stamp. By way of contrast, the regular stamp on Harrison paper has a catalogue value of $2.50.
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This sale had 9 new record prices: