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14 December, 2007 - Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
As this report is being written, we have received news that Robert Siegel passed away on January 4, 2008 at 80 years of age. His name and excellent reputation are well known to collectors in Canada. We will miss him and his ability to bring outstanding material to collectors worldwide.
The New York Times reported:
What a beauty this stamp is with its huge borders, including part of the adjoining stamp at the top. The price just barely topped the previous record of $2,600 set, in 2005
7s - Which is better?
Talk about a hard choice. Two “Jacques Cartiers”, each described in glowing terms.
The first of the two (lot 1033) is an “Extremely Fine Gem”, a superb example with large margins. The second (lot 1034) is also “Extremely Fine”, with large margins. Both came with Certificates.
The difference seems to be that the first is a “GEM” and has the identifiable “16 “grid cancel of Hamilton. The bidders agreed and gave the first a slight premium. We’d be happy with either, principally because of the generous margins they possess.
Until just over a year ago, the best price for the 20¢ Jubilee was $775, set back in 1999. All that changed in 2006 when the price for some outstanding copies took off, eventually reaching $2,400.
The above stamp is a gem. The only negative is that there is a slight crease in the selvage. This should not be a factor as the stamp itself is perfect and the selvage could easily be removed. Whoever bought this stamp got quite the bargain!
The centering on this booklet pane is unusually good. It is so seldom we see this in this particular booklet; we felt we had to inspect it again and again. We can’t remember more than a very few over the years that are this good. It was very fine, but had a small natural paper wrinkle in one stamp.
Take a good look at this excellent example. You may not see one again for awhile of this quality.
According to Siegel, there are perhaps only ten Quebec tercentenary “set covers” in existence. What’s special about this one is that it is the only one that contains the 1¢ re-entry. The cover had a few small faults, but being so rare, it was highly desirable and fetched a handsome price, well above the estimate.
Talking about Quebec, we should mention the fact that the Province’s capital, Quebec City, is celebrating the 400th anniversary of its founding. It is one of the oldest cities in North America and anyone who has visited it knows that it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
Please note that the prices realized in this sale were converted at $1 US = $1.01 Cdn.
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