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Recent Auction Highlights

21 October, 2011 - Eastern Auctions Limited

 

The Hugh Westgate
1898 Map Stamp Collection



Lot 238

 

How can one summarize a collection as unique as this in a few pages? We felt very humble as we made the attempt. It was a collection of great depth, one that has won numerous awards and that beautifully illustrated so much that is known about the 1898 map stamp.

Eastern comments that the collection was “formed over many years and included the entire production file from the American Bank Note Company Archives....The postal history section is substantial to say the least. Early dates including first day and Christmas Day, multiple rates and unusual destinations abound. Students of this issue will be interested to know that the two covers in existence that were previously thought to be dated December 2 have since been proven to be fake. The earliest known date for a cover is now the official first day, which was December 7.”


And now, some of the highlights:

Preliminary Models and Essays



Lot 201
Estimate $10,000
Realized $7,250

 

 

Hand Painted, Hand Drawn and Engraved Progressive Die Proof



Lot 208
Estimate $5,000
Realized $8,500

 

Imperforate Block



Lot 232
Scott 86a

Catalogue $1,100
Realized $1,050

 

 

Plates



Lot 236
Estimate $400
Realized $250

 

Dates

Dec. 2, 1898
Dec. 6, 1898
(Muddy Water)


Lot 247
Estimate $1,000
Realized $500


Lot 248
Catalogue $400
Realized $450

 

 

December 8, 1898



Lot 250
Estimate $150
Realized $90

 

 

Perfin



Lot 277
Estimate $150
Realized $170

 

 

Largest Precanceled Multiple



Lot 283
Estimate $3,500
Realized $2,100

 

 

First Day Covers



Lot 287
Estimate $3,500
Realized $2,500

(the only cover bearing a special delivery stamp)

 

 



Lot 288
Estimate $2,000
Realized $2,600

(largest known franking first day cover)

 

 

Stamps signed by Sir William Mulock
Postmaster General

 



Lot 345
Estimate $300
Realized $750

 



Sir William Mulock

 

Conclusion

The map stamp has been a favourite of collectors for many years. It is nice to see its many attributes so carefully and skilfully displayed. For your added pleasure, here are a few other items shown in the auction catalogue:

Lot
Estimate
Realized
202
Original watercolour essay
5,000
4,000
205
4 Letters relating to the design
750
2,400
221
Progressive plate proof - full sheet
15,000

29,000

234
Imperforate block of 25 stamps
15,000
750
235
Complete sheet of plates 1,2,3 & 5
-
8,500
241
Half sheet canceled on the first day
2,000
2,600
326
Cover with largest known franking
750
3,250
346
Lithographed forgery
150
210

We have shown the prices realized in $US as the US and Canadian currencies were pretty much on a par on the day of the sale.

 


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