Canadian Stamp Auctions
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23 June, 2012 - Eastern Auctions Limited
The firm has probably been listing these services for some time, but we only just noticed it. Details may be viewed at www. garylyon.com
This public auction, held in Halifax in June, offered collectors the usual high quality Canadian, British North American and foreign stamps we expect from Eastern. We noted numerous plate proofs, die proofs and a large selection of modern varieties.
We start off with
this Railway cover which drew a noticeably strong bid:
This envelope, posted an 1858, had a 3p beaver stamp on it which came from the corner margin of the sheet. In the middle of the cover, on the front of the envelope, you can see a faint image of the wax seal which was placed on the back. The cancellation is very clear and fortunately, does not distract from the stamp itself.
6¢ Large Queen - "Brown" Shade
The regular 6¢ stamp from this set is dark brown. Scott lists two color varieties being “yellow brown” and “black brown”. The Unitrade catalogue lists a further colour being the above “brown” shade.
The above copy was LH and “well centered for this tremendously difficult stamp”. We admire the quality of the perforations which isn’t always the case for the Large Queens.
This was only the second time we have recorded this rare variety. An earlier copy sold in 2001 for $1050.
Small Queen – Perf. 11 ½ x 12
The price was a
strong one, but previous copies have sold for as high as $1,300.
It must be very special for an auctioneer to be able to present stamps of this quality. After years of looking at auction catalogues, we know how truly rare stamps like these are. But unlike so many of the modern varieties that are rare and sell for less than catalogue, these early Canadian stamps are much sought after and consistently sell for multiples of catalogue. Happy the seller in this case, the buyer and, of course, the auction house!
Well Centered Admirals
This plate block, issued in 1929, features the Quebec Bridge. It comes from the Scroll set that includes the famous 50¢ Bluenose.
Any collector, from beginner to advanced, would be proud to own a plate block as beautiful as this. Judging from the price, it was no beginner that placed the final successful bid. We have noted an increased demand for this 12¢ stamp in recent auctions, and this seems to be reflected in the above strong price.
17¢ Antique Mandora
The result was very positive. The plate block sold for a new record price, up from the previous $2,600 in 2007.
C3 Airmail – The Missing “6”
identifies this block as C3d – with and without surcharge. This
block however, clearly shows different characteristics and is in our
opinion much rarer, in fact quite likely unique.”
It may take you a minute to figure it all out, as it did us, but we found this explanation most interesting.
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This sale had 4 new record prices: