Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
19 June, 2007 - R. Maresch & Son
As we flipped through the results of this recent Maresch auction, we found many treasures and four new record prices. Held in Toronto, it was such a large sale it took three days to complete. It would be hard to beat the perfection of the three one-half cent stamps that follow:
The above stamp was the “grey black” variety, the first we can recall recording and this is unusual. Although it had no gum, it would be hard to match its centering and corner perforations. We have no trouble agreeing with the auctioneer’s description of the stamp as “extremely fine”.
This little beauty had no hinge mark and was nicely centered. Its jumbo margins are not uncommon in this stamp, but it is not often they are so well balanced.
The Jubilees are
flying high these days. In the past year, one of these ½ ¢
The price paid for this ½ ¢ stamp is the 2nd best price recorded by us in the past 10 years.
Back in 2004, we featured the “Dream Collection of Jubilees”in our Commentary No. 57 Click here to see that commentary.
This had to be one of the jewels of this sale. The price says it all. It was described as a brown red bottom margin copy, NH, superb, mathematically centered with imprint, a SHOWPIECE. At auction, it blew well past the auctioneer’s estimate of $2,000 to reach $2,900. Happy seller, happy buyer and happy auctioneer!
Small Queen – Fancy Cancels
Here’s a selection
from the large offering of fancy cancels in the sale:
Admirals – Various Colours Illustrated
We always find it instructive to see colour variations illustrated at auction. Here we see three shades of the 7¢ Admiral. Note the large differences in price as you go from one shade to another.
These two stamps are for all intents and purposes the same. Each was both described as NH, exceptionally well centered and “extremely fine”. Yet the first one sold for twice the price of the second. It’s hard to understand why!
We were impressed at the price paid for this bottom margin block of the 10¢ Mountie “broken leg” variety. Maresch described the block as extremely fine, the nicest they have ever seen, a showpiece. The price is a new record.
The price for this variety has been all over the place in recent months, but this is the lowest price yet. This might be a reflection of the fact that up until now, the quantities were not known. Perhaps collectors are realizing that there are more than the dealers originally thought existed.
Here are more colours illustrated. We have always found this early Canadian stamp to be especially attractive and enjoy seeing its colour variations when they appear at auction.
Bulk sales of Modern Stamps
We generally expect modern Canadian stamps, sold in bulk, to go for about 70% to 85% of their face value, but as will be seen below, the prices realized in this sale were lower:
Usually these stamps are bought at a small discount for postage and why not, everyone likes a bargain. Whoever bought these lots however, got a real bargain.
For more details
of the sale, please click on the highlights button