Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
22 February, 2013 - Eastern Auctions Limited
Described as superb in all respects, extremely fine with full original gum, it was very lightly hinged. A complete description was provided in our Commentary No. 162.
We look with wonder at the excellence of this stamp with its amazing attributes. As we consider its features, we think of the pleasure it must have given to the previous owners who include the Marquis of Lorne and Dale -Lichtenstein. They must have been so proud to own it.
We will now look at some of the other wonderful stamps in this sale.
10 – Large Borders
This lovely stamp was described as “a marvelous used example of this tremendously difficult stamp, surrounded by unusually large margins”. For such a rare stamp, a surprisingly large number of used copies have been offered in the past 10 years, over 20 in all. The best price to date was $18,504, realized back in 2010.
13 – Well Centered
Another remarkable used stamp from1859. It is unusual to find stamps from this period so well centered. When offered, they attract strong prices like this one. Only 8 used copies have been offered at auction in the past 10 years with the highest price being $9,500. This is the only used copy we have recorded in the past 4 years.
Scott 17 – New Record Price
Here is a mint copy
of another 1859 stamp and it sold for nearly 3x catalogue. Little wonder,
it had well balanced jumbo borders and large part original gum. In the
past 10 years, only 3 mint copies have been sold as per our records
and the previous best price was $1,904.
Block of 3¢ Large Queens
This block contained a variety of the 3¢ Large Queen, orange red on stout horizontal wove paper. We don’t seem to have a previous record of the variety. As can be seen, the price realized far exceeded the auctioneer’s estimate. This undoubtedly made the previous owner super happy!
Small Queen – Rare Double Impression
This variety, unlisted in Unitrade, was VF VLH and possibly unique. It was a lovely stamp with a prominent and quite clear double impression in the upper portion of the 6¢ stamp design, found above and mostly in the sheet margin. It really stood out in the catalogue and this time the auctioneer’s estimate was right on!
What beauties these are, so well centered and both XF NH. The price for the 7¢ was a new record, up from a previous high of $715, set in 2008.
Tercentenary – a Gem
As Eastern noted, this stamp was “a visually stunning example, XF NH JUMBO GEM”. You can almost hear the auctioneer trying to express his admiration for this amazing stamp with its well balanced borders. The price easily exceeded the previous record of $575, set back in 2008.
Admirals at Record Prices
It is such a pleasure to look at these two stamps. Eastern modestly describe the first one as “precisely centered with very large margins, brilliant fresh colour, intact perforations and showing full immaculate original gun, never hinged, rarely seen as such in this particular issue. This stamp without question ranks among the finest in existence”. It described the second as “a superb mint single, precisely centered within well balanced large margins, small portion of imprint in lower margin, lovely rich colour and full pristine original gum”. Words can hardly express the quality of these two stamps.
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sale had 17 new record prices: