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16 October , 2014 - Eastern Auctions Limited
This auction was held during our vacation in Florida which is why this report is a bit late. Happily for Eastern, things went well and the sale was most successful. The sale, which had three parts, was the firm’s largest ever, with total proceeds amounting to almost $2,500,000 including buyer’s premium. In addition there were eight new record prices.
Eastern described this, quite appropriately, as a spectacular mint pair. What was special for a stamp this old, was that it had full and unusually intact original gum, a bit of disturbed on the top stamp.
10 Cent Albert - "String of Pearl" Variety
This was a very rare stamp with excellent perforations. It came with large part original gum. Only 2 other copies with gum have sold in the past 10 years.
13¢ Royal Yacht Britannica
a beauty with its large margins and what a price! It comes from a
recent discovery and shows the “Shilling Mark” plate variety.
Eastern believes it is unique.
$1 Chateau de Ramzay
Collectors dream of stamps like this. It was XF NH and, as can be seen, had wonderfully large margins. We have recorded only 3 other copies in the past 10 years. We envy the successful bidder.
2¢ Large Queen on Laid Paper - The newly discovered 3rd Copy
Without any question,
this was the star of the Eastern auction in Halifax. Much has been written
about its discovery in 2013 by U.S. collector, Michael D. Smith in an
American Philatelic Society sales book. Leading experts that Eastern
has consulted agree that this is the finest of the three known copies
6¢ Small Queen - An Amazing Imperforate Plate Strip of 20 Stamps
How gorgeous is this! It was NH and so special to look at. Eastern dropped a hint to potential bidders in noting that it was “an outstanding plate multiple and fabulous showpiece for a Small Queen Issue exhibit. “ We looked at it many times as we flipped though the catalogue.
50¢ Bluenose - "Man on the Mast" Variety
This was NH and a choice copy of the “Man on the Mast” variety. The 50¢ Bluenose is so well known to collectors at home and abroad, but few ever get a chance to bid on such a perfect example of this rare variety of the stamp. Four years ago, a copy sold for the then record price of $4,750. In this sale, the new record price increased by over 50%.
Registered Stamp Varieties
The above 2¢ registered stamp was NH and showed the “burr” variety. The 8¢ stamp was the bright blue colour variety rather than the regular blue. It was NH with a minor natural corner bend. Both sold for record prices.
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This sale had 8 new record prices:
Eastern’s next sale date is yet to be determined