Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
17 May, 2010 - Sparks Auctions Ltd.
Large Queen on Laid Paper
Let’s start with the negatives and get them out of the way. The stamp was clearly off-center. It had been re-gummed, which seems like a waste as we have no record of a copy that does have original gum.
Now let’s look at what’s special about it. First, it came with 2 certificates of authenticity. Second, it is clearly a fine copy with good perforations. Third, it is very rare. In the 37 year period from 1973 to 2010, we recorded only 3 mint copies sold at auction. The best copy we have ever seen was offered for $7500 back in 1977 in a Maresch Private Treaty Sale. Like the others referred to above, it had no gum but was much better centered than any of the others and came from the Jephcott collection.
We thought it would be interesting to see this stamp’s track record in the Scott catalogue over the years:
- $ 300
Is the present $20,000 an accurate catalogue price for this stamp? It’s probably on the low side. We spoke to the auctioneer, Ian Kimmerly, after the sale. He said that the bidding for this stamp opened at $11,500 and then the bidders on the floor took it up to $18,000. But, most importantly, he said there was a bidder prepared to go much higher than the $18,000 successful price.
stamps of interest
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the other stamps worth noting:
Collectors of modern varieties should note that it is very unusual to find the above stamp with no wrinkles. Not surprisingly, this resulted in a new record price for this stamp.
This sale had 4 new record prices: