Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
9 March, 2007 - Charles G. Firby Auctions
It’s not often we get an auction as large and as significant as this one. Over a 2 day period, Firby offered the Canadian “ASTOC” King Edward VII Issue Collection, followed by the Allan Steinhart Postal History Retail Stock and finally, Firby’s regular auction which included the property of 41 owners and estates. It wasn’t easy to conduct this auction. A sudden power failure left the auctioneer with only some power, and a room full of bidders. Firby went ahead with the auction, but it couldn’t have been easy.
Edward VII Collection
We present below some of the finer examples of this impressive collection starting off with this 1860 photo of the King as the young Prince of Wales:
Generally speaking, the imperforates of this set have not done well at auction over the years. But the above ones did very well because they were quite exceptional.
Lot 536 above was described as exceedingly rare with only one other Plate #2 known to exist.
Lot 545 above comes from Plate No.13 with a portion of Plate No. 14 showing across the gutter. The auction catalogue describes how the Canadian post office became alarmed after some imperforate proofs of the 2¢ Edward flew out the window at the printer’s office and ended up in collectors’ hands. It decided to print a large number of new imperforate copies in order to devalue the original copies and prevent speculation. They were more successful than they knew. Over the years, copies of the new imperforates appeared regularly at auction and usually sold for less than their catalogue values. Because there are so many, there has never been a great demand for them.
We doubt many collectors have ever seen this unusual coil strip. Looking at the price realized, we can only imagine how rare it is.
Estimating a value for this cover with the full set on it must have been difficult as well. It would seem the bidders ignored the estimate and pushed the price to lofty heights. This was the final lot in this part of the auction and helped to end it on a high note.
& G. BOTHWELL
Forgeries of the Port Hood overprints previously came to auction in 1990 and 2004 but were different from the above. Unitrade is very clear when it comes to these overprints: “Covers need an expertising certificate.” Since the above were sold as forgeries, there was no need for a certificate. They came from the J. R. Saint collection.
come much nicer than this. We were impressed at the price, well above
the estimate. We only have a record of one other copy of an imperforate
plate block of Scott 243 selling at auction. It sold in 1997 for $675.
The auction had a large number of semi official stamps in excellent condition. Here’s a good example, note one of the overprints is inverted:
Written by hand on the face of the envelope is 3/9 sterling postage. The cost of mailing the letter was not prepaid at that time, but had to be collected from the recipient.
The sender did not use an envelope as this would have cost extra. To save on the cost, he simply folded the letter over and sealed it.
Today the letter would probably be returned to the sender…what, no street address, no postal code…..send it back !!
What a great series of auctions this was by Firby Auctions. Collectors should do their best to get a copy of the King Edward VII catalogue which contains so much information and illustrations about this set. It is definitely a keeper.
Firby has announced that in their next sale, there will be an offering at public auction of the fabulous International Gold Medal winning Canadian Pence Era Rate cover collection, the property of Mr. Warren Wilkinson. The sale is tentatively set for June 12th in New York City. Many of the covers are considered to be the finest known of the period.