Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
1 December , 2010 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
Vance noted the following:
The Canadian section
of the sale started off with these rare stamps:
This was a less than perfect example of Canada’s most famous stamp, the 12 Penny Black. It had repairs on the right side and a tiny pinhole above “W”. Still, there are few Canadian stamps that come anywhere near the price level achieved by a stamp in this condition.
Between 1995 and 2010, we recorded the sale of 14 used copies of Scott 3, with prices ranging from $11,000 to $220,600. Five of these, including the above, had faults. The above $34,000 is, by far, the best price for a faulty copy.
The above Scott 3 was printed on laid paper as are all known copies. But pick up an old Scott catalogue, say from the year 1900, and you will find a Scott 3 listed on both laid and wove paper. What was the Scott number for the wove paper copy, it was Scott 6. Ever wonder why that number is missing from the catalogue today. It seems Scott is still waiting for a copy on wove paper to be discovered.
It wasn’t at all clear to collectors in the early 1900s that there was a Scott 3 on wove paper. In fact, the Stanley Gibbons 1913 catalogue listed a copy stating “This stamp on wove paper is now believed to have been issued”, and it quoted Howes’ Handbook on Canada as its authority.
We don’t know when in the 1920s or 1930s the catalogue publishers decided there was no such stamp as a Scott 3 on wove paper. We only discovered the reason for the missing Scott 6 in a recent conversation with the well known Canadian philatelist John McIntyre.
How rare it is to see a mint copy of a 3 pence beaver. It was printed on fine wove paper and came without gum. The price was on the low side.
This was a lovely copy of this classic Canadian rarity. It was described as VF OG with some slight gum adhesion. We were truly struck by its fine appearance. Not surprisingly, it recorded a strong price, the third best we have on record.
Large Queens – Very Fine Copies
We show below four Large Queens, all mint, whose qualities we admired.
We find it surprising that we have only one record of a sale of a Scott 21a. Undoubtedly a number of others have been sold in the past 10 years that we have overlooked. The 5¢ Large Queen was particularly fine and sold for a new record price. Again, our records show that only four other mint copies of this stamp have been sold at auction in this period, and only two of these with full gum. This rarity and the quality of this stamp must help explain the demand from the bidders for such a prize at this auction.
3¢ Small Queen – Fancy Cancel
Small Queen – New Record Price
We find it exciting to see a Small Queen sold at auction for a record price that is 40% higher than the previous record. Here it is, described as VF NH with brilliant fresh colour. The previous record, set in 2005, was $1050.
Historical Set – Imperforate Corner Blocks
They don’t come much nicer than this set of 3 imperforate corner blocks, all VF NH. The set includes a 5¢, 12¢ and the above 20¢. A similar set of corner blocks sold in 2008 for $940. Whoever acquired the above stamps clearly did well.
Conclusion – 38th Anniversary
This completes our
review of Vance’s sale #278, marking 38 years of auctions. We
see this firm’s sales as being very solid, reflecting a high standard.
The material is well presented and the descriptions carefully given.
We congratulate them on 38 years of service, offering philatelic material
that they can be proud of.
This sale had two new record prices:
Vance's next auction will take place on January 26, 2011