Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
11 November, 2006 - Matthew Bennett International
As we browse through the web sites of the U.S. auction houses, we try to keep an eye out for the Bennett auctions that contain Canadian stamps. We have to give credit to this American auction house that is able to attract such quality in their Canadian offerings. We keep in mind the fact that our Canadian auction houses also regularly offer high quality stamps from the U.S. and, in fact, the world. Stamp collecting has always been an international pursuit.
What’s new, at least for what we see in the U.S., is the quality of the Canadian material and the prices being realized. In years past, while visiting the U.S., we have looked at the Canadian material offered by local dealers and found the quality tended to be very average and the prices cheaper than in Canada. Maybe this has changed and we are only just becoming aware of what the U.S. auction houses have always had to offer. Whatever the case, it is wonderful that collectors can buy and sell outstanding Canadian philatelic material in a broader market. Is this hurting our Canadian auctioneers? We don’t think so; 2006 was a great year for them
Now onto some highlights from the sale:
a whole year since a VF used copy of the 6 Penny Albert in the grayish
purple shade has been seen at auction. A year ago a copy sold for the
then record price of $2,500. Now, a year later, the price is up 47%
The 12 Penny Black
The above 12 penny black is a lovely copy, but like a certain number of early Canadian stamps, it has no gum. The last copy we recorded with no gum came to auction back in 1999 when it sold for $73,800. Bennett provided some very interesting information about this rare stamp:
Both the above varieties were described as NH gems and came with Greene Certificates.
We’re seeing more and more Jubilees selling for over $1,000. This is now so in the case of at least one stamp from the 15¢ to the $5.00.
With this sale, at least one example of all the stamps in the set from the 7¢ to the 20¢ has sold for over $1,000. These two copies are perfectly centered and just as fine as they come.
This is the dark
brown shade variety and is very rare. This is only the third VF copy
we have recorded. Likely not many collectors would be able to distinguish
between the regular brown shade and this dark brown shade. It came with
a Greene certificate.
This last stamp sold for a price that was truly remarkable. It is the rare Die I variety which catalogues at $900 versus $27 for the regular Die II stamp. The price realized is almost 3 x the previous top price.
This sale had 11 new record prices: