Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
5 October, 2011 - Eastern Auctions Limited
In our Commentary No. 148 written in September, we asked our viewers to try to guess what a Scott 159a imperforate pair of the $1.00 Parliament would sell for at auction. We guessed $1000, as pairs have sold twice before for this price and this was the approximate catalogue value. Were we ever wrong! Here is the VF NH pair and what it sold for:
This must be the bargain of the year. Two viewers got in touch with us and their estimates were far more realistic than ours. One bid $725 and the other $675. So none of us were even close, but to give them credit, they were a lot closer than me.
We like to see stamps of this quality in Eastern’s mail sales. They were well centered VF NH and came with generous margins. The Maple Leaf set continues to be popular with serious collectors.
Cameo Set Imperforates
The sale offered 4 XF NH imperforate pairs from the Cameo set. Normally these would offered as a set and not individually. What was missing, of course, was the 8¢ imperforate pair. A pair of the 8¢ was in this sale, but it had no gum. It would be interesting to know why. Here’s how the VF NH pairs did:
The last time a Scott 195c – 200a set sold, it realized $2,500 for the five pairs in the set or $500 each. That was a new record price at the time, so that the above prices can be considered fairly strong.
It seems that collectors
are not willing to pay full catalogue prices for these modern varieties.
On the other hand, a comparison of the prices realized for the above
three with other recent sales shows these to be relatively strong results.
next sale will be a public auction to be held on October 21 and 22,
2011. It consists of the following collections: