Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
22 May, 2008 - H.R. Harmer Inc.
"Mount Royal" Collection
This was, without doubt, one of those extraordinary collections that someone put together with great care and, of course, at great expense. We were able to obtain two copies of the auction catalogues from H. R Harmer Inc., the well known philatelic auction firm now located in Bethel, Connecticut. For this we are most grateful because the pages of these catalogues are full of treasures.
It is hard to put
into words our impression of this collection, but let us try. It had
quality and it had quantity. Almost everything was of an exceptional
quality, well centered, well perforated, clean and mostly no hinged.
If a single copy of a rare stamp was offered, sometimes there was a
block as well or even a whole sheet.
67 New Record Prices
The sale had 67 new record prices. As will be seen below, this represents a new record in itself. The 67 are just the ones we could identify, but there were probably more. How significant is this? Here is a list of the most new records we have noted in recent years:
For a full list of all 67 new record prices, please click here.
Examples of Outstanding Stamps
at some highlights from the sale. Here are some of the stamps that attracted
very strong prices :
Most of the above stamps sold for record prices. For example the price of Scott 9 realized in the sale of $25,740 was well in excess of the previous record of $17,600. The price of $5,197 for Scott 61 ($1 Jubilee) easily exceeded the previous high of $2,700.
We cannot previously
recall having seen so many previously unlisted varieties appearing in
a single auction. Here are the 8 new ones that appeared in this sale:
We treasure these large blocks as one seldom gets a chance to see them and they contain special information that is helpful to researchers and specialists. We sometimes wish Canada’s Postal Archives in Ottawa had the resources to acquire them so that they would be available to be looked at by all collectors. However they are not in a position to do this, not only because they don’t have the resources, but also because this might tend to legitimize some of the varieties that may be of dubious origin.
Conclusion and Words of Appreciation
We finish our review with a thank you to Harmer’s for presenting this important collection to the stamp community so beautifully in its auction catalogue. The auctioneer’s job of describing a large collection like this takes a great deal of time and care and Harmer’s can be congratulated for having done a first class job.
As a final word, we note that some of the material in the sale came from the well known Dale Lichtenstein collection that was auctioned by Harmers in 1969 -70. This was probably the biggest and most significant sale of Canadian stamps ever, at least in our experience! Please click on this link if you’d be interested in seeing our review of that sale.