Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
25 October , 2013 - Eastern Auctions Limited
The sale contained many excellent examples of rare Canadian stamps. One lot was graded “GEM 100 ” which is something we cannot recall seeing previously. Have a look at lot 1646 in the Highlights attached. We counted 24 new record prices which is an unusually high number. We also noted some rarities that have a Unitrade number, but for which we have never recorded an example. See lot 1980 below for instance.
We start off with
these two interesting outstanding Beavers:
Such a beauty, with large margins showing superb and centrally struck concentric ring cancels in green. It is ex-Barclay 1983 where it realized $1200.
Eastern called the above stamp one of the finest unused examples that exist of the re-entry found in position 47 of Pane A. It shows a prominent doubling in the “EE PEN ” of three pence. You may be able to see it with a good strong magnifying glass.
We have only recorded two copies of this variety in the past 10 years, both were used.
15¢ Large Queen - Script Watermark
We show hereunder a very small Queen and a very large One.
This is the only copy of this variety we have recorded in the past 10 years. The stamp, printed on thick white paper, had superb centering and, not surprisingly, it commanded an impressive price.
This amazing block of 15 came from the collections of Reford, Jephcott, Simpson and Sir Gawaine Baillie. It doesn’t get much better! The block was described as “the largest remaining Small Queen block of any Montreal printing”. It is definitely noteworthy.
These two copies are as good as they get. Both are NH and received strong prices. The $1 came with the following impressive Sismondo rating, XF SUPERB 95-OGnh.
This block was lightly hinged and unusually well centered for a block. It had a faint trace of disturbance on the gum, but with the full sheet margin on the left, it was cosidered by Eastern to be the finest block of 4 of the $5 jubilee still in existence. The new owner must be very pleased to have it.
A large selection of Admirals was offered from the “Phillips Collection”. Amongst its treasures we found this attractive copy of the 2¢ carmine with large borders. We note with interest that the best stamps in the Admiral set can sometimes sell at auction for many multiples of catalogue. This 2¢ Admiral sold for almost 5x catalogue. Three years ago, a copy sold for over 8x catalogue.
Ramsay – Rare Imperforate Pair
If our stamps could always sell for their catalogue values like this one, life for the collector would be so simple. But alas, this is seldom the case. We have only recorded the sale of two other copies of this variety and, unlike this one which was XF NH, one of those had minor faults. We particularly liked this copy because, in addition to all its other attributes, it had a portion of the sheet margin at the base.
31¢ Christmas – Horizontal Mint Pair
What can unusual variety. Only five pairs are known. We checked our records carefully and could find only one previous sale of this variety since the stamp was issued in 1987. Back in December 2005, The Saskatoon Stamp Centre offered a copy in a private treaty sale. Not only is this stamp rare, it is beautifully centered, NH and of a high quality. The buyer made a good purchase at a very reasonable price.
The War Tax stamps were issued during the 1st World War to raise funds to support the cost of the war. It was used to pay a tax of 1¢ on every piece of first class mail. Initially a 1¢ War Tax stamp was issued. But then it was decided to add the 1¢ tax to the regular 2¢ stamp resulting in the above combination.
These MR3 stamps are not that rare, but they are in demand and the prices have been climbing regularly at auction from a high of $128 in 2003, to $325 in 2010, to $350 in 2012 and finally to the above $400 in 2013 which is a new record price.
help notice the large selection of perfins offered in this sale. Here
are two examples that did very well:
It is noticeable
how the interest in perforated stamps like the above seems to be growing
lately, auction by auction.
This completes our review of this sale. For further details, please click on the Highlights button.
will have a mail sale on January 29, 2014 and then a Public Auction
starting on February 14, 2014