Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
6 November, 2010 - Eastern Auctions Limited
What an interesting auction from Eastern. It contained pages of specialized material for the advanced collector, pages of early Beavers, Alberts and Victorias, showing plate positions, cancellations and shade variations. Also for the specialists were proofs from the Jubilee and Quebec Tercentenary sets and pages of essays. The bidders were not slow to respond.
Small Queens – Jim Hennok Fancy Cancels
We must admit we have a thing for the fancy cancels found on Canada’s early stamps. It would seem the local postmasters were given considerable latitude in designing them. These stamps obviously had a fascination for the late Jim Hennok, the well-known Toronto dealer who for many years ran auctions himself. He formed an outstanding collection.
Eastern set aside 53 pages of its auction catalogue to display Jim’s collection. When stamps are presented like this, they attract serious collectors like bees to honey. Here are a few of the interesting examples we noted:
Not all the stamps in this collection sold for more than their estimates, but these certainly did. Other recent auctions have shown the current popularity of this area of collecting.
This wasn’t any old forgery, it was a Sperati forgery. According to Eastern, it was the well documented and sole attempt by Jean de Sperati to make a copy of one of Canada’s most renowned stamps. He apparently did it by using a plate proof and removing the “specimen” over print and then adding fake concentric ring cancels in black. It last sold in 1998 at a Hennok auction where it realized $4600, including buyer’s premium.
20b - Rare Imperforate Block
Our records for this beautiful pane go back 36 years. Of the 10 examples recorded, four of them had thins. This is the fourth one to sell for over $13,000 with the best price being $13,750 back in 2006.
Pictorial Set – Imperforate Pairs
30¢ QEII – Missing Black Inscriptions
The Unitrade catalogue states the following concerning this variety: “Two copies reported with inscriptions completely missing.”
In the above strip, the left stamp has the inscriptions completely missing and the second stamp from the left has the denomination missing. Eastern states that this is the first example of this variety they can recall offering at auction. It’s a first for us as well as we have no record of one being sold at auction. Whoever bought it got a very rare stamp at a very reasonable price.
Sealed – Dead Letter Office
to see an auctioneer really get excited about a stamp they are offering
for sale. Here is how Eastern described the above stamp:
We can only agree with this description. Our comments about this amazing stamp are recorded in our recent Commentary No. 137, dated November 17, 2010.
What a wonderful sale. For more details, please click on the highlights button.
This sale had 6 new record prices:
next sale is a Mail Sale to be held