Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
8 November, 2007 - Sparks Auctions Inc.
It is wonderful to see that Ian Kimmerly has returned to the Canadian public stamp auction scene. He is associated with a group that has created a new firm, Sparks Auctions. This firm is located on Sparks Street in Ottawa in the same building as Ian Kimmerly Stamps, but the two are distinct entities. Still, with Ian’s excellent reputation and drive, we expect great things.
In this, their initial
auction, things started off with a bang. An amazing price was paid for
the remarkable stamp shown below:
Scott 26a - 5¢ Large Queen 12.1 x 12.1
After the sale, Sparks described the active bidding for this stamp:
Very Fine Jubilees
This is a nice looking
group of Jubilees. We can’t believe how fresh the 3¢ Jubilee
is. You’d think it was printed yesterday
Scott 77a - Unlisted thick yellowish paper
Isn’t it interesting how new varieties keep appearing amongst our Canadian stamps. The above stamp was probably packed away quietly in someone’s collection for decades until, one day, an experienced collector saw it and realized there was something different about it.
Both of the above sets were NH and very fine. We are finding that both Scott and Unitrade have been increasing their values for Canada’s imperforate sets in the past few years in a noticeable way.
Scott 1534ii - first time ever
This is the first time we have ever seen a sheet of Scott 1534ii offered at auction. This is the well known 52¢ Stamp that was printed by the Post Office but never issued. To no one’s surprise, copies of this “unissued stamp” got into the market. We regularly see singles, blocks and plate blocks of the stamp, but have never seen a sheet.
Here’s something you don’t see too often, postal history sold in bulk by the carton. As Sparks described it:
For those of you who are new to stamp auctions, the strange term, “selling to the floor” means selling to bidders physically present at the auction, not those sending in bids by mail, telephone or Internet.
For those of you whose spouses dream of cleaning out your piles of unsorted stamps and covers, you’ll clearly understand that Sparks definitely wanted to dispose of these bulky lots in order to get them out of its offices.
How did they do?
Here’s the result for a few of them:
Lot 2228 was stored in 26 cartons! It was a massive hoard of modern Canadian covers from the 1980s to early 2000s. What fun !!
As usual, we find that with the sale this large, we can only scratch the surface. What a wonderful start for a new Canadian auction house. We look forward to many more interesting sales from Sparks Auctions in Ottawa.
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This sale had 1 new record price: