Sale 33 Has Been Postponed

It is with disappointment that we announce we will not be holding Sale #33 as scheduled.

The sale is ready to go, and we are proud to say it is the largest we have ever had, by far. However, in view of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Sparks Auctions team has decided to postpone the auction, originally scheduled for May 28th-30th, 2020. At this point, the situation is too uncertain to guess when we could proceed, so we are using a “date to be determined” approach. Please check our Upcoming Page for updates as they appear.

The fact that we have the advantage of offering live internet bidding during our sales saves buyers from having to come in person to our offices for the actual sale, as they can either bid live on the internet, by phone, or through an agent. We are in our thirteenth successful year of operating this way. The more difficult thing for us is accommodating the very important viewing of material in person. We are proud to present our sales with more online scans than anyone in the industry, but because we offer many large collections and box lots, we think viewing in person is an essential element to the experience. As you know, there are numerous Municipal, Provincial and Federal restrictions currently in effect that prevent us from having potential buyers come in to our offices to view.

Please feel free to contact me if you have material to consign for the following auction, which I am currently working on.

Rest assured that we will keep you informed as things progress. Thank you for your business, your understanding, and please stay safe and well.

Stéphane Cloutier
Director of Lotting & Consignments

Lot 1893, Northeast China mint collection on album pages, sold for C$4,680

Lot 1893, Northeast China mint collection on album pages, sold for C$4,680Lot 1893 People’s Republic of China (Northeast China), valuable mint collection on album pages, with each stamp in a black mount, we note many complete sets, a souvenir sheet (1L44a, $475), as well as many extras such as paper varieties, blocks of four and pairs, different shades, perforations, watermarks, surcharge varieties, printing varieties (such as some “tall chimney” on 1L125 and 1L130 both in blocks of 20, pairs and blocks of 4). The pages also include a section for reprints, so many of the stamps that were reprinted are present in both original and reprint formats. The varieties listed above which are not listed in Scott were counted as regular stamps only. A lovely, clean and fresh collection, see scans for a small sample. Scott U$5,052, sold for C$4,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1592, 1935 Indian Rocket Mail Sikkim Experiments, eight covers, sold for C$877

Lot 1592, 1935 Indian Rocket Mail Sikkim Experiments, eight covers, sold for C$877Lot 1592 India Rocket Mail April 1935 Sikkim Rocket Experiments, with eight different covers, all carried between APR.7 and APR.13 from various places, bearing various coloured overprinted Jubilee labels (two are stationery “Rocketgram” cards with these labels printed), and all addressed to Mr. Pont, care of Stephen Smith. The lot also includes one each of the four overprinted Jubilee labels (unused). Some have wrinkles, still a rare offering, all scanned online and signed by Stephen Smith. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $500, sold for C$750.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 862, New Zealand 1899 MAROTIRI/Pigeongram overprint, sold for C$1,872

Lot 862, New Zealand MAROTIRI/Pigeongram overprint, sold for C$1,872Lot 862 New Zealand #VP-5 1899 Rare Special Post Stamp Overprinted in Blue “MAROTIRI / Pigeongram”, of which only 240 were printed. Mint hinged with sheet margin at right, signed by Aimé Brun (Paris) and purchased from Stanley Gibbons in 1973. ACS VP-5 (c.v. NZ$7,500) Estimate $1,000 sold for C$1,600.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.