Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
26 June, 2008 - Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
In June, Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries held an auction of “General Foreign Stamps and Covers” in New York City. Over 40% of the lots were Canadian. We note that most of the stamps, including the Canadian stamps, were lightly hinged. As a collector, we find this to be perfectly normal. We often wonder where all those early unhinged Canadian stamps came from in so many of the other auction sales!
Here is a example
of a lightly hinged well centered $5 Jubilee that attracted a strong
bid well above its catalogue value:
There were some very good looking early Canadian stamps in the sale. Here are a few of them:
The July 6, 1859 date stamp on Scott 14b, the 1¢ deep rose, is the earliest known use for this stamp which was issued on July 1, 1859. A similarly dated copy of Scott 14b was offered at a Maresch sale in 1997 and sold for $280. It surprised us to learn that there was a market quite this strong for stamps like these with their early dates.
While many of the lots in the sale contained groups of stamps and sets, this beautiful $1 Parliament with no hinge mark and perfect centering was offered by itself. It really stood out and obviously attracted the attention of some serious bidders.
This completes our brief review of the sale. We hope you enjoyed these highlights.