Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
23 October, 2007 - R. Maresch & Son
This was an excellent Maresch sale, so strong in varieties, quality and impressive prices. Not surprisingly, the bidders focused on the proofs, re-entries and postal history, all of which had great depth, producing some noticeable resuls. Our attempts to summarize the outcome of the sale cannot do it justice. We start off with a proof and then a number of re-entries.
Color Proof of the 20¢ Numeral
We would like to caution our viewers when we get into the specialized area of collecting of proofs that we know little about them. The above stamp described as a trial colour proof on card in bright green, unlisted, stained and rare. Most collectors, ourselves included, would approach this one very carefully as not many people would have the knowledge to judge its proper value. Not so the bidders! They pushed the value up to 8 times the estimate.
Other proofs in this sale did very well as they have in many other recent auctions. This is an area of collecting that is enjoying geat demand.
We did not plan to comment here on these re-entries as it would take too much space. Let's just say the results speak for themselves. There were a great number of them in this sale, far more than usual, and the prices were very strong.
Re-entries, as an area of collecting, are enjoying great popularity these days. There appear to be lots of them around, but it takes a special knowledge to identify them. Unitrade has illustrated many of them in a very helpful way and, at the end of this commentary, we provide a link to the website that is devoted exclusively to Canada's re-entries.
Here's how to identify them. First get out your Unitrade catalogue, then click onto the re-entry website so you know exactly what you are looking for. Now it's time to get your stamps out and a magnifying glass and start checking them. Add some nice background music and a glass of wine and any collector would be in Heaven!
It's not often such a complete collection of the many collectible flaws of the 5¢ Beaver stamp of 1859 are offered all together in an auction, but such was the case in this Maresch sale. Here's how they all did (Keeping in mind most were off centre and faulty):
This cover was sent from Toronto to Paris on February 12, 1868. It's odd that one of the stamps sticks out from the top fo the envelope and has survived undamaged all this time.
Maresch interprets the various postmarks in a most interesting way. The cover was sent first to England, but had insufficient postage. Someone in the post office stamped "PAID ONLY TO ENGLAND" to make sure no one missed the point. Postage to England was 12¢, while that to France was 17¢. So the envelope had to be stamped "Under Paid" and it would seem that the postage due was 2 x 5¢ or 10¢ in total. It has a French transit mark on the front which indicates it must have eventually reached its destination.
It was described as a unique SHOWPIECE and brought a strong price, well over the estimate.
Many other covers in this sale received strong bids.
Here are a few of the Small Queens that did exceptionally well:
11 1/2 x 12
Feather in Hair
2¢ Numeral Tête Bêche Booklet
This rare tête bêche booklet looks beautiful. Only a dozen of these booklets exist making it very rare. The fact it had been folded along the horizontal margin and had a thin did not slow the bidders down.
For more details
on this outstanding sale, please click on the Highlights button.
For more information on Canada's re-entries, please click here.