Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
5 December , 2012 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
This was Vance’s 292nd auction and a special milestone. Their first auction sale took place 40 years ago in November 1972. It offered 348 lots and was printed on 1 page. This sale had over 7200 lots and was printed on 108 pages. Vance thanked its clients so nicely:
“Lilac rose shade”
"Extended Frame Line"
"Perf. 11 3/4 x 12"
It is interesting
to note that the first two of the above stamps sold for new record prices
and both of these came with Greene Foundation certificates.
Quebec Tercentenary - Beautiful Imperforate Pairs
Both pairs were VF NH and as nice as they come. We have to go back to 2007 to see prices this good and these were realized in another Vance sale that year. As well, we only have one other example in the past 10 years of a NH copy of these two imperforates. Whoever the lucky bidder was got good value!
This stamp has a
relatively low value. For this reason, we have not kept track of it
in our pricing records in the past. But we are paying attention to it
now! What a beauty. The centering and the perfs are as good as they
get. In 2009, the Philatelic Foundation issued a certificate for this
stamp with the grading of ‘S 98’ which is very high.
The imperforates from the early 1930s are so beautiful. This pair, which shows the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, is a wonderful example. It's hard to believe that within the walls of one of these buildings, grown men and women who are normally decent and polite, scream and shout at each other in a silly game called "Question Period".
75 pairs of the stamp exist. The above price of $1,150 would have been a new record price, but earlier in 2012, another pair sold for $1,580 in a Vance sale.
C3b - Double Surcharge
Here we go again!
An off center stamp with a messy surcharge, which is graded F-NH with
a natural gum skip, sells for near catalogue. This is another good example
of scarcity trumping quality. Even better, this stamp sold for a new
We had a look at our record of past sales of this stamp and realized that copies that have sold at auction, in the past, are almost alwaysoff center. This one is no exception. The previous best price was $790 and it was realized in a Vance sale back in 2004.
For more details
of this sale, please click on the highlights button.
sale had 4 new record prices:
Vance's next auction will take place on January 30, 2013.