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22 February, 2013 - Eastern Auctions Limited


This sale will be remembered for letting us see one of the most beautiful copies of Scott 3, the 12 Penny Black with full original gum. As well, it featured an unusually large number of well centered stamps from the years 1870 – 1935 which resulted in 17 new record prices. It will be an auction to remember.

 

The 12 Penny Black


Lot 353
Scott 3
Catalogue $175,000
Realized $195,000

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.

 

Scott 10 – Large Borders



Lot 376
Scott 10
Catalogue $6,000
Realized $6,250


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.

 

Scott 13 – Well Centered



Lot 379
Scott 13
Catalogue $6,750
Realized $7,250

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

 

 



Lot 387
Scott 17
Catalogue $1,100
Realized $3,000

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



Lot 409
Unitrade 25i
Catalogue $750
Realized $3,000

 

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!

 

6¢ Small Queen – Rare Double Impression



Lot 492
Scott 43var
Estimate $3,000
Realized $3,250

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!

 

20¢ Jubilee




Lot 519
Scott 59
Catalogue $625
Realized $1,150


If only all our stamps could be like this. It is just quietly perfect with its balance borders, strong colour and beautiful perfs. It was described as VF+ NH. We always appreciate stamps that sell for about double catalogue. This was the best price for this stamp since 2008 when a copy sold for $2,100.


Outstanding Numerals.



Lot 577
Scott 77a
Catalogue $75
Realized $250


Lot 591
Scott 81
Catalogue $300
Realized $900

 

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.

 

Quebec Tercentenary – a Gem



Lot 636
Scott 99
Catalogue $190
Realized $800

 

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

 



Lot 658
Unitrade 108c
Catalogue $120
Realized $500


Lot 661
Unitrade 109d
Catalogue $120
Realized $575


Here are two beautiful examples from the Admiral set and, not surprisingly, both set record prices. The record for the 3¢ brown jumped from $318 to $500, and that for the 3¢ rose carmine, from $190 to $575. You have to wonder if these amazing prices can ever be topped again in future auctions.

 

Newfoundland
Two Extraordinary Stamps



Lot 276
Scott 46
Catalogue $45
Realized $900


Lot 292
Scott 56
Catalogue $9
Realized $450

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.

For more details of this sale, please click on the highlights button.

 

This sale had 17 new record prices:

Scott
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
17
10¢ Albert
3,000
1,904
21c
1/2¢ LQ thin paper
375
-
39ii
6¢ LQ major re-entry
2,700

450

81
7¢ Numeral
900
715
99
5¢ Quebec Tercentary
800
575
104
1¢ Admiral
375
257
104vii
1¢ Admiral, major re-entry
6,500
2,436
105d
1¢ Admiral, die I
450
319
108c
3¢ Admiral, dry printing
500
318
109c
3¢ Admiral, die II
500
325
109d
3¢ Admiral rose carmine
575
190
117iii
10¢ Admiral, light blue
250
-
124
2¢ Admiral coil pair
1,300
725
459bpii
6¢ QEII, Wpg. Tag etc.
2,000

1,450

718i
20¢ Fir, missing "20"
800
715
1516i
88¢ Vera, gold shift
400
375
E4
20¢ Special delivery
260
245



Eastern’s next sale will be a mail auction taking place on April 17th, 2013.


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