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24 September, 2011 - Matthew Bennett International

This extraordinary auction of Canada’s early stamps took place on September 24 and October 1, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City. Matthew Bennett described it as an award winning collection which contained some of the finest and rarest gems of the Canada pence and early cents era, 1851-1868.


We counted no less than 26 new record prices, some beating the old records by a considerable margin. Each stamp shown below sold for a record price. According to a report in the Canadian Stamp News, the collection contained a complete set of the “stitch watermarks”. This is, for us, an amazing feat as these are so rare.

The prices realized, shown in Canadian dollars below, were converted at the rate of $1 US = $1.028 Canadian.

 



Lot 1
Scott 1
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $13,878


Lot 12
Scott 2
Catalogue $1,750
Realized $3,341


Lot 22
Scott 2
Catalogue $1,750
Realized $3,341


“Major re-entry”
(psn. 34)”
“Major re-entry”
(psn. 47)”


Lot 55
Unitrade 4a,vi
Catalogue $1,200
Realized $1,748


Lot 58
Unitrade 4a,vii
Catalogue $1,300
Realized $2,776

 

"Experimental perfs. on cover"

Lot 74
Unitrade 4xxx
Estimate $7,500–10,000
Realized $10,280

 

“Deep Red ”
“Stitch watermark”


Lot 87
Unitrade 4i
Catalogue $350
Realized $2,262


Lot 131
Unitrade 5i
Catalogue $5,000
Realized $4,369

 

“Strong re-entry"
(psn. 90)

“Stitch watermark ”


Lot 145
Unitrade 7v
Catalogue $2,750
Realized $3,855


Lot 148
Unitrade 7vi
Catalogue $3,000
Realized $3,855

 

“Partial sheet margin”
“Deep lilac rose”


Lot 149
Scott 8
Catalogue $700
Realized $6,939


Lot 150
Unitrade 8i
Catalogue $1,100
Realized $2,673

 

 

“Vertical stitch watermark”

Lot 163
Unitrade 8iii
Catalogue $1,750
Realized $4,369

 

“Horizontal stitch watermark”

Lot 178
Unitrade 9iii
Estimate $6,000
Realized $19,532

 



Lot 179
Scott 10
Catalogue $6,000
Realized $18,504


Lot 184
Scott 11
Catalogue $1,800
Realized $4,369

 

Early Cents Issues
1859 – 1868

 

“Stitch watermark”
“Log on waterfall”


Lot 196
Unitrade 14ix
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $1,131


Lot 202
Unitrade 15vi
Catalogue $1,250
Realized $1,182


“Black Brown Shade”

Lot 210
Scott 16
Catalogue $5,500
Realized $11,822

 

“Dark chocolate brown shade”

“Olive green"
Horizontal stitch mark



Lot 212
Scott 17b
Catalogue $140
Realized $1,491


Lot 220
Unitrade 18i,vi
Catalogue $2,000
Realized $1,645

 

“Blue shade ”
“Burr over shoulder”


Lot 224
Scott 19
Catalogue $190
Realized $514


Lot 227
Unitrade 19iii
Catalogue $1,500
Realized $2,364

 

 

Early Covers


Lot 287
Scott 10a
Catalogue $22,500
Realized $28,784

 


Lot 314
Scott 17d
Catalogue $3,750
Realized $4,883

 


Lot 352
Scott 3
Estimate $200,000-250,000
Realized $257,000

 

Concluding Comments

This was a memorable sale of Canadian stamps by any measure. Clearly the provenance and quality show that the individual who put it together insisted on acquiring only the best of each variety. Offering such rare material and making sure serious collectors knew about it is a credit to the reputation of Matthew Bennett and we congratulate them. This is an accomplishment for which they can be justly proud. Their auction catalogue will definitely be a keeper!!

This sale had 26 new record prices:




Scott
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
1
3d beaver
13,878
6,615
2
6d Albert
3,341
3,250
2
6d Albert - greenish grey shade
3,341
3,250
4a vi
3d major re-entry psn 34
1,748
-
4a vii
3d major re-entry psn A47
2,776
600
4xxx
3d experimental perfs on cover
10,280
6,755
4i
3d beaver deep red
2,262
1,300
5i
6d Albert stitch watermark
4,369
3,500
7v
10d Cartier strong re-entry psn 90
3,855
1,600
7vi
10d Cartier stitch watermark
3,855
1,350
8
1/2d rose
6,939
2,400
8i
1/2d deep lilac rose
2,673
-
8iii
1/2d rose vertical stitch watermark
4,369
1,310
9iii
1/2d green horizontal stitch watermark
19,532
1,240
10
6d Albert reddish purple
18,504
8,845
11
1/2d rose
4,369
3,770
14ix
1¢ rose stitch watermark
1,131
525
15vi
5¢ beaver "log on waterfall"
1,182
-
16
10¢ Albert
11,822
7,000
17b
10¢ Albert black brown
1,491
-
18i vi
12 1/2 ¢ horizontal stitch watermark
1,645
-
19
17¢ Cartier blue
514
-
19iii
17¢ Cartier "burr over shoulder:
2,364
-
10a
6d bisect on cover
28,784
18,000
17d
10¢ bisect on cover
4,883
2,415
3
12d black on cover
257,000
-

 


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