Information for Consignors

February 2013

Dear Sparks Auctions,

I would like to thank you for your excellent service, and that of Mr. Kimmerly and all his team, in the sale of my husband’s collection. It must have a been a significant task to sort out and organize and I am most grateful.

Thank you again. It was a pleasure dealing with you all.


Sparks Auctions endeavours to offer carefully described material with collectors in mind. We provide exacting descriptions accompanied by full-colour illustrations, promoted both on-line and in our printed catalogues. We do not own the material that is offered in our auctions. Our lotters work with a large base of new and repeat consignors to give their consignments the attention they deserve.

Canada #3 sold in our September 2017 auction for $327,750

This approach is well-rewarded by our auction realizations. From an active customer list of thousands, we mail hundreds of print catalogues. Many more buyers view the material only in our detailed on-line listings, including PDFs of the print catalogue and an extensive image library. We receive site visits from hundreds of registered bidders in the weeks before the sale. To accompany our live auction floor in Ottawa, we feature full interactive live bidding on Stamp Auction Network, including live audio from the auction gallery so you can follow the bidding action from home.

When the last lot has been called, we will have seen bidders from across Canada and the United States, with others coming from Great Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, Asia and South & Central America. In our most recent sale, we had in excess of 700 bidders, more than 300 of them successful.

Our consignor fee is 20% of what your material sells for. We normally pay 45 business days after the close of auction (to allow us time to collect payment from successful bidders, and for those items which require expertization to be processed).

Contact us if you have material you think might be appropriate for our next auction, scheduled for May 2018. Our consignment agreement can be found at this link.

Please do not send unsolicited scans to our e-mail address; we will get back to you with instructions for transmitting such information.