Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
23 June, 2007 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
We couldn’t wait to see the results of this sale and we weren’t disappointed. It offered so much, including early imperforates, beautifully cancelled Large Queens, a number of seldom seen Small Queen varieties, the largest selection of Admiral experimental coils we have seen and countless modern varieties. The sale produced nine new record prices.
First time in ten years
Among the biggest
surprises were the three special stamps that follow. We have not reported
a sale of any of these stamps in the past ten years, and each one was
a superb example.
3¢ Small Queen – Superb
We all dream of owning a Small Queen of this quality. Described by Eastern as XF NH GEM, it just stood out in the auction, compelling us to admire it with its large and perfectly balanced borders. The previous owner will probably always regret selling it and the new owner will quietly treasure it.
Small Queen – Oops!
This stamp was special
for very different reasons. Off-center, double printed, badly cancelled,
a few small tears, it’s seemingly had nothing going for it. But
to a Small Queen specialist, it was unique. Not only was it a rare double
impression or “kiss print”, but one of the impressions included
the plate imprint. This is something we have not previously seen. There
was little for the auctioneer to go on in making his estimate. The competition
to successfully bid on the stamp ignored the estimate and drove the
price into the stratosphere. This is the type of event auctioneers and
collectors remember for a long time.
Admirals – All at record prices
These three come
from the ever popular Admiral set. The set was in use from 1912 to 1925.
Some of the stamps in the set were issued in the billions. Each of the
above copies is special because its colour differs from the regular
colour of issue. For Admiral enthusiasts, this is like honey to the
bee. They just can’t get enough. Happily, this creates great excitement
at any auction and puts smiles on the faces of the sellers.
Christmas Angel – Rare perforations
Canada has a long tradition of issuing Christmas stamps, going back to 1898. Few of them have taken off in value like this one. The regular perforation is perf. 13. This one is perf 13 x 13.5. The Scott value for the regular stamp is 80¢. The value for this rare perforation is $325.
From 1987 to 1998,
Canada’s printers would, from time to time, change the perforation
on the stamps over their period of use. This happened mostly with the
definitive stamps and probably occurred when the contract to print a
stamp was changed from one printing firm to another.
This beautiful block was a standout at the auction. The bold colours and printer’s imprint draw the eye. The “orange red” is a colour variety as thenormal colour is “orange”. The block is never hinged and rare.
What a great sale!
We expect to return to the auction catalogue regularly. For more details
on the sale, please click on the highlights button.
This sale had 11 new record prices: