Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
23 January, 2010 - Eastern Auctions Limited
The “Crossings” Collection
Let’s just say it contained some of the most beautiful examples of Canadian philately we have seen, and we were not alone judging from the results. The sale resulted in 107 new record prices. This is the most we can recall seeing at any auction since we started keeping records 10 years ago.
We were curious about where the demand came from and were told by Eastern that about 60% of the buyers were Canadian, 25% American and 15% from the rest of the world. Of the 623 lots, 357 sold for more than their full Unitrade value, 93 for more than double, 13 for triple, 6 for quadruple, 1 for 6x and 3 for 8 x. The bidders on the floor, (including telephone bidders), were successful 70% of the time. The auction took 7½ hours compared to the normal 4 hours. So, let’s have a look at some of the results.
of the New Record Prices
We envy the lucky bidder who captured this outstanding copy of the 1917 Fathers of Confederation stamp for his collection. Although it was lightly hinged, it had the largest nicely balanced borders we can ever recall seeing. What beauty and what a price at almost 4 x catalogue.
Here are two varieties we have not previously seen:
our research records and could not find any previous sales of the above
varieties. According to Unitrade, 10 copies of the 145iii variety exist.
In the case of the E2ii variety, Unitrade notes that only one copy exists.
If this is so, this was a very inexpensive purchase by a lucky bidder.
Back of the Book
There were 20 new record prices for the Back of the Book sets which shows how very popular these stamps have become with collectors. Here are two outstanding examples:
The previous best price for this stamp of $375 was set earlier this year. The new record is almost 10 times higher. This is the first NH copy we have recorded.
There were 4 Officially Sealed stamps in the sale and 3 of them sold for record prices.
All the stamps in the above report were NH except 2 of them as noted. For more details of the sale, please click on the Highlights button and for details of the 106 new record prices, click on the New Record Prices button.