Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
31 August, 2006 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
At first, this looked like any other Vance auction, but as we reviewed the details, we quickly noticed the sale had some unusually strong prices. The $17,800 realized for the six pence Albert shown below is one of the highest prices we have seen in a mail auction.
13 – One of the finest
This stamp was very carefully described in the auction material. On the plus side, it was VF OG and well centered for this stamp, with perforations completely clear of the margins. It came with a certificate of authenticity which is very reassuring when one spends this kind of money. It was said to be one of the finest examples of Scott 13 that exists. On the negative side, Vance noted that there were a couple of light perforation tones. This could have been very negative, but was not, considering the stamp sold for more than 2 x catalogue.
The record price for a copy of Scott 13 is $26,400. The above price in the mail sale is very respectable.
How interesting! In the last Vance sale held in July, a copy of Scott 36c ( vertical half used as 1¢ ) was sold. It realized $245. Now a copy of Scott 36b ( horizontal half used as 1¢ ) has appeared and sold for $269. Since both stamps had been cut off the envelope, they sold for far less than their $1,600 catalogue values because of being separated from the envelope. But what impressed us was that they both sold for well above their estimates. This should help establish a market value in future for these varieties that are “on piece” rather than being “on cover”.
One can only wonder,
given the above price trend, how exciting it might have been if the
owner of the above 3 dated jubilees had a few more to offer in this
sale. To what heights might the price have gone! These 3 were beautifully
canceled. The price for the first one was on the low side because it
had a minute perf. tear.
This relatively low price surprised us. This pair had so much going for it and yet we wondered why it sold for less than its estimate.
It was both pre-cancelled and had a major re-entry. Furthermore the cancellation was inverted. We wouldn’t think there’d be many of these around. Unfortunately it was seriously off-center and had a natural paper crease. But so often recently we have seen these flaws ignored in a stamp that is truly rare. Can’t win them all, as they say!
This sale had 7 new record prices
Here are a few of them:
The above stamps stood out in the sale, each one achieved a new record price. We summarize below all 7 new record prices together with their previous records: