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25 January , 2012 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
The results of this auction were strong enough to make us wonder if they were representative of the current market. We spoke to Chris Carmichael at the Vance office and he confirmed that they were. The market is positive these days. What made us think of this was the fact that not only were 14 new record prices set in this sale, but another 4 or 5 other prices almost beat the existing records. That’s impressive.
Well Centered Early Cents
Another beauty with exceptional centering, full original gum and a tiny corner crease. What else was special? It’s the only mint copy we have ever recorded, ever!
This is the third nicely centered copy from the cents issue of 1859. Like the others, it had original gum and sold for a strong price.
Beautifully Cancelled Stamps
We can only sit
back and admire cancels as beautiful as this.
This $2 Jubilee
had a Halifax, NS 23 April 1900 SON cancel, F-VF and a trivial thin.
It received a surprisingly strong bid.
Seeing this lovely Bluenose so clearly cancelled 17 May 1930, reminded us of a recent news report that a new Bluenose is being built in the Canadian Maritimes. We are particularly happy to see this tradition continued.
1¢ on thick paper
This variety on thick paper sold for a new record price. Unlike modern stamps that, on occasion have a variety or two, this early numeral has 12 varieties, of which this one on thick paper is only one. It’s been 5 years since an earlier copy sold. In the past 12 years, we have only recorded 3 copies and they sold for prices ranging from $120 to $240. So it is a rare and most desirable variety. Congratulations to the new owner.
What a spectacular example of this 1¢ imperforate pair from the Quebec Tercentenary set. It was a margin copy with generous borders and VF NH. There was a tiny natural gum inclusion. Its positive attributes won over the bidders and resulted in another new record price.
Coil – Great Price!
Well! The bidders were really sleeping on this one. It is one of the most sought after of the Admiral coils. It was VF NH and, at least in our eyes, perfectly centered. It should have sold for well over catalogue. What happened? The winning bidder must be smiling all the way to the bank. This should encourage bidders to keep trying to get even the best stamps at a reasonable price...you never know!
13¢ Imperforate Pair – A Real Beauty!
Two Beautiful Covers
When we received the images for this report from Vance, they suggested showing the following two covers and now that we have looked at them we can see why.
Described as a Soldier’s Concessionary rate cover from Montreal to Ireland, it was sent on the Allan Line on December 19, 1862. The address is quite messy because once it arrived in Bray, Ireland, it was redirected to Dublin. It is Ex V. Greene and Cantor.
This cover was sent
within Canada from London to Windsor in 1863. What is noteworthy about
it, according to Vance, is the very scarce franking. It is Ex Cantor.
For more details of this sale, please click on the Highlights button.
This sale had 14 new record prices:
next auction will take place on March 21, 2012.