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21 January , 2015 - Eastern Auctions Limited
Welcome to 2015 and our first review of the New Year. We hope it will be as exciting a year as 2014, with its discovery in Canada of one of our rarest stamps and with the sale in the United States of the world’s most valuable stamp.
couldn’t help noticing this unusual example of the 3¢ Small
This stamp came in the rose carmine shade. It had a double row of perforations at the top and also at the bottom. When we see stamps like this, we always ask ourselves if this error happened by mistake or was made on purpose by someone secretly at the printers. The stamp had part original gum and was hinged. It certainly shows a beautiful depiction of Queen Victoria.
This is the 7th time in the past 10 years that this pair has sold for around $500, or about 1/3rd its catalogue value. By contrast, in 2007, a pair sold for $1,025 and, in 2008, another pair sold for $1,800. The above low price is a bit surprising, especially for a stamp of this quality. It was ungummed, as issued, and came with nice large margins.
Only 200 of this error have been found. It was printed on the gum side and is missing both its tagging and its gold colour. Eastern commented that many examples of the variety were either creased or damaged. This copy was VF NH and in exceptional condition.
In the past, copies of this stamp have traded regularly at prices ranging from a high of $1,250 in 2009 to a low of $325 in 2012. While it was issued in 1981, the first example of the variety only appeared at auction in 1999, some 18 years later.
Here is another example of a stamp missing its gold colour. It was VF NH. We see examples regularly at auction. Most are imprint blocks like this one which was VF NH. Believe it or not, in 2009, an imprint block sold for $48.
Pairs and blocks of 4 of this stamp have appeared regularly at auction in the past three years. Almost all were centered to the right like this one. Over the years, NH blocks have sold for from $1,000 to $4,725. In 2014, a simple pair, not a block, sold for $2,100. What attracted that high price was the fact that, unlike most copies, it was NH and relatively well centered.
Here we are again with a small group of perfins that sold for good solid prices. All three are used.
Special Delivery - First Day Cover
We couldn’t help noticing this beautiful cover in the Eastern catalogue. Whoever sent it knew what they were doing and made sure it was carefully handled at the Post Office. We so admire a cover like this, which is so precisely cancelled right in the middle of the block.
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Eastern’s next sale will be a public auction to be held in Halifax on February 20, 2015