About Us

Sparks Auctions was founded in 2007 by a group of advanced collectors and experienced philatelic professionals in Ottawa, Canada, who saw a market for regularly-held stamp auctions presented with collectors in mind. We are a true auction house in the traditional sense. Sparks Auctions does not own the material we sell. Working with consignors to present their material in a manner designed to attract attention from bidders and maximize realizations, we have established a reputation for careful, accurate descriptions and wide-ranging auctions.

The Sparks Auctions Team

Stéphane Cloutier, Auction Manager
Peter MacDonald, General Manager
Kate Morrow, Auction Coordinator
Matt Johnston, Website & Technical, Auctioneer

Antoine Babinsky, Lotting and Auction Support
Caroline Phillips, Auction Support
Grégoire Teyssier, Lotting
Richard Thouin, Lotting
Hank Van der Linde, Auction Support
Brian Wolfenden, Lotting and Auctioneer

Ian Kimmerly, President
Andrew Ellwood, Director
Antoine Babinsky, Director
Doug Lingard, Director
Peter MacDonald, Secretary-Treasurer
Hank Narbonne, Director
Firmin Wyndels
, Director

Expert Input

Along with our regular lotters, our auction team draws on the expertise and experience of many individuals, including collectors and exhibitors who have won Gold Medals. Most of us have contributed locally and nationally to organized philately as Editors, Presidents, or Chairmen of Societies, Clubs and Stamp Shows. Also among our number are accredited and respected philatelic Judges. We always welcome and encourage new talent.

We hold sales at the end of January, May and September. At each sale, a local auction floor is complemented by large numbers of on-line and advance bidders. With attractive printed catalogues, a comprehensive website, and live bidding on Stamp Auction Network, we have a track record of successful sales.

We encourage you to see the How To Bid page for detailed instructions on participating in a sale, and check our Consignments page to learn how to make the most of your consignment, whether it’s a stamp collecting area which you no longer pursue, other surplus collections and accumulations, or an inheritance or estate.

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Our offices are at 1770 Woodward Drive (full mailing address below). As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are open by appointment only, Monday-Friday. Please call ahead to confirm your appointment.