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27 May, 2011 - Longley Auctions

This auction was Bill Longley’s largest ever, both in terms of value and volume. Without question, the highlight was the “River Test” Collection of Canada Registered Letter stamps. It was perhaps the largest such collection ever offered at auction, rivalled only by the Harrison collection. It was largely formed in the years 1930 to 1970 and has been off the market for nearly 40 years.

A special aspect of this sale was the fact that the proceeds from certain lots, identified in the catalogue by a school bus logo, were to be donated to a school in Bill’s area. This was his initiative as chairman of the school’s fundraising committee. To use philately in this manner is wonderful and reminds us of the generous donations made in the US by Bill Gross, the well-known head of the Pimco Bond Fund, following the sale of two of his collections. The proceeds from his first sale went to Doctors Without Borders and the second to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.


Registered Stamps

Margin Imprints

Lot 324
Scott F1
Estimate $75
Realized $270


Lot 318
Scott F1
Estimate $100
Realized $120

Lot 319
Scott F1
Estimate $100
Realized $110


Lot 320
Scott F1
Estimate $200
Realized $75



Lot 338
Scott F1 (group)
Estimate $150
Realized $240

Lot 440
Scott F3
Estimate $1,000
Realized $2,000


Imperforate Bottom Border

Lot 404
Scott F1ii
Estimate $1,000
Realized $1,300

We originally recorded this unusual variety as part of the November 1, 1973 auction of the Henry Hussey collection by J. N. Sissons in Toronto. At that time, the estimated auction value was $1 and it sold for $95.


Imperforate Pair

Lot 433
Scott F2c
Estimate $1,700
Realized $650


This pair was described as “left margin imperforate pair, speckled and uneven gum but technically NH, VF centering, gum residue on surface at edges.”


Rose Carmine Shade

Lot 395
Scott F1b
Estimate $100
Realized $140



Lot 409
Scott F2
Estimate $40
Realized $120

Other stamps in the collection

Lot 611
Scott 45c
Catalogue $1,200
Realized $1,400


Lot 855
Scott 503a
Catalogue $2,250
Realized $1,100



Lot 925
Scott 2265aii
Catalogue $400
Realized $210



All in all, this was a most interesting auction, highlighted by an impressive offering of registered stamps. Bill Longley is to be congratulated for attracting this excellent type of material to his firm.


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