Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
27 February, 2010 - Eastern Auctions Limited
Notable Large Queens
This stamp contained
the well known “Burr” variety which is found to the left
of the Queen’s head. It was F-VF OG, centered slightly high and
had somewhat disturbed gum. Eastern noted that Unitrade does not provide
a price for mint copies of this variety. We checked our research records
and could not find any reference to a previous sale of a mint copy.
So this was clearly a rare offering.
We greatly admired this 3¢ Large Queen. It is so unusual to see a copy of this stamp so well centered and with such large borders. A careful inspection could identify several short perforations on the left, but when you look at the whole stamp, these aren’t apparent and, in fact, the evenness of the other perforations does seem to add to the stamp’s attractiveness.
The positive attributes of this stamp are its large margins, excellent centering and the fact it had large part original gum. There were several negative features, including a bent lower left corner perf. and, as mentioned some short perforations on the left.
The bidders undoubtedly fretted over these positive and negative features. The winner must have thought, like us, that this was an unusually beautiful and rare stamp, seldom seen and worth every penny.
Small Queen – the rare 11½ x 12 perf. variety
To see one of these rare Small Queens with the 11½ x 12 perfs this nice always gets our attention. What a lovely copy. It was well centered and NH.
Scott notes that these 1¢ varieties were printed in both Ottawa and Montreal and can be separated only by differences in paper and gum. Eastern identified the above 1¢ as coming from the Montreal printing. It possesses the full streaky original gum characteristic of this printing.
pairs – at Record Prices
– Both at record prices
The above 1¢
and is the first of this particular shade variety we have ever recorded.
We find this quite surprising after all these years. The regular 1¢
stamp is “green” on plain white paper. This one was described
by Eastern as “dull grey green” and was printed on greenish
The above 50¢ Admiral on the other hand, has appeared at auction on a number of occasions. It is also a colour variety. The normal stamp is “black”. This one is “grey black”. It was the first time the price for a Scott 120a had exceeded $2000.
This beautiful stamp had everything. It was well centered, XF NH, and had post office fresh colour, an early printing of this key shade. What else can one say about a stamp as attractive as this except to say we greatly envy the new owner.
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This sale had 8 new record prices: