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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!

A Lightly Hinged Beauty

Here is a example of a lightly hinged well centered $5 Jubilee that attracted a strong bid well above its catalogue value:

Lot 1100
Scott 65
Catalogue $1,450
Realized $2,626


Early Canada

There were some very good looking early Canadian stamps in the sale. Here are a few of them:


Lot 1036
Scott 2
Catalogue $1,850
Realized $1,616

Lot 1057
Scott 7
Catalogue $1,750
Realized $1,111

Lot 1061
Scott 8 ( no gum)
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $707



Lot 1065
Scott 8b
Catalogue $3,500
Realized $3,535


Lot 1072
Scott 12
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $2,626



Lot 1078
Scott 14b
Catalogue $125
Realized $707

Lot 1088
Scott 19
Catalogue $190
Realized $455

Note the excellent centering on Scott 12 and Scott 19 which is not often seen in the “Cents Issue” of 1859.

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.


The lovely $1 Parliament


Lot 1133
Scott 159
Catalogue $440
Realized $707


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.

©2008, Canadian Stamp Auctions Ltd., Montréal, Québec, Canada