Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
5 May, 2010 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
This was another huge Vance auction with over 7800 lots, all described in detail. It boggles our mind to think of the effort this must take, let alone the expertise.
We have only recently
begun to notice the difference in the prices being realized for used
copies of Scott 2 vs. Scott 5. The two stamps, each featuring a portrait
of Prince Albert, look the same, but one was printed on laid paper,
the other on wove. A review of the prices realized over the past 10
years does not show a big difference, but we have noticed a difference
during the past year, with Scott 2 taking a bit of a lead. This sale
had two fairly average examples of Scott 2.
The first copy came with the usual slate violet colour and the second with the greyish purple shade and a scarce blue cancel. The fact the prices are less than catalogue may reflect the fact each one has a cancel over the face and both have a relatively narrow margin at the bottom.
Black Plate Proof
This stamp came with borders that were just big enough to allow the Vance lotter to describe it as “very nice”. As we look at the prices realized for this stamp in the past, we think the present price supports this. Overprint or no overprint, this is one beautiful stamp.
50¢ Small Queen
A normal used copy of this stamp carries a Scott value of $80. This copy sold for just over 3 x that value. So, in this case, the stamp’s rareness won out over its lack of the usual fine qualities one looks for in a stamp. For some reason, this appeals to us!
What if this beautiful stamp had been NH? What price might it have attracted? In 2005, an NH copy sold for $5750. In 2007, one went for $8500 and earlier this year, a copy sold for $10,000. That truly makes you wonder!
While we think this
is a very nice copy, we found its borders to be a bit on the narrow
side. Otherwise, even as is, it might have attracted an even higher
price. On the other hand, how many of us have a $5 Jubilee as nice looking
Both of the above copies were NH and sold for more than their catalogue values. This is something we like to see. On the other hand, there were many other imperforates in this sale that unfortunately did not sell which is unusual for a Vance sale. This is something we will keep an eye on.
We must admit, we
haven’t paid much attention to this aspect of philately. But when
we saw the beautiful image in the Vance catalogue, we knew we couldn’t
ignore it. It was signed by the artist, Angus Shortt. The estimated
value was $350 and it went for $550. We’re glad to see recognition
from bidders for something as special as this.
For more details
on the sale, please click on the highlights button.
Vance's next auction will be held on June 23, 2010
This auction had two new record prices: