Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
14 June, 2007 - Charles G. Firby Auctions
The Outstanding Wilkinson Collection of Canadian Covers
On June 14th, Charles Firby proudly presented the Warren S. Wilkinson collection of Canadian Postal Rates 1851-1859. He described this remarkable FIP Gold winning collection of Canada's first issue Postal History as unparalleled in history. The collection consisted of 346 covers (215 bearing the first issue stamps) and included nearly every important cover recorded, with quality being exquisite throughout.
We present below some of the highlights from the collection, noting only that the quality and rarity of so much postal history being brought together in this one sale is truly remarkable
Please note that all prices below are in $US. If our viewers need to convert, the conversion rate on June 14th was $1US = 1.068 Cdn.
Rare Bisects – all new record prices
The prices for the above three covers will be of interest to the people at Scott catalogue. Their catalogue values haven’t changed in the past six years and are well below the above realizations.
This cover, bearing
one of Canada’s earliest and rarest stamps, received the highest
price in the sale. Firby notes
Scott 5a – a premium cover
We can only imagine the delight and surprise on the face of the participants at this auction when this cover sold for 14 times its estimate.
The combination of stamps on this cover, Scott 4iii and 9a, are tied by a neat 4-Ring 1 cancel to a choice & pristine registered mourning cover from Barrie, Nov 21, 1857 to England. It is a phenomenal and terribly important Philatelic cover and another of the Gems of Canadian Philately. For the Connoisseur!
We will remember this sale and its amazing array of rare covers for some time. Charles Firby has done the stamp community a service in the way he has beautifully presented the Wilkinson collection. The owner must be delighted with the results and is to be congratulated for having put together such an outstanding collection, the quality and scope of which one sees only once or twice in one’s lifetime.