Sale 33 Coming in June 2020

We are pleased to announce our long-awaited next auction, to be held on June 25-27, 2020. Normally this sale would have been scheduled for the end of May, but the global COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting restrictions required us to reschedule the sale.

The first part of this sale will feature Part 2 of the “Outaouais” collection of high quality Canada and United States, with many certificates and great provenance.

Sale 33 highlights also include:

• The Brian Plain collection of Canadian Dead Letter Office postal history
• Part 2 of the extensive Leon Victor Pont collection of early India First Flight postal history in 159 lots
• Our usual offerings of Canadian and worldwide postal history and postcards
• Our usual offerings of Canadian and worldwide stamps and collections
• Two worldwide lifetime collections, one in 42 Scott International albums and one in 38 Minkus Albums, both offered intact.

This sale will be conducted without a public floor, and bidding live during the auction will be possible in one of two ways, the best being through our usual live internet bidding on Stamp Auction Network. We will also offer live bidding by telephone, but this method will be limited to ensure a high-quality experience for participants. Please contact us early if this is a method you prefer.

Confidential bidding before the auction can be done in several ways, either by entering bids directly in SAN, by sending us your bids by phone, email, or fax, or by sending them to one of the agents we list in our catalogue and online.

Sparks Auctions will do its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe, therefore we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online.

Because mailing out catalogues on time will be a challenge, we will only be doing so for our Canadian subscribers. Those outside Canada, or those who for some reason have not received their catalogues in time for the sale are recommended to see the sale online here, which includes over 7,800 high quality scans or pictures. A PDF of this, and all our catalogues can always be downloaded from our website, where you can also see our posted corrections, additional photos, and full details on auction sessions as well as information on viewing, mailing and picking up of your winnings.

A reminder that all our lots are offered in Canadian dollars at a competitive 17% commission rate. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require additional scans or would like to consign to one of our future sales.

Stéphane Cloutier
Sparks Auctions

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, and subscribe to our mailing list to get the latest updates sent to your in-box.

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, we are abiding by local, Provincial and Federal restrictions currently in effect that prevent us from letting potential buyers visit 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

Sparks Auctions & COVID-19

We thought it was important to touch base with our customers and let you know what is happening at Sparks in light of the coronavirus situation.

While our offices in Ottawa, Canada are temporarily closed to the public, we are monitoring phone messages at 613-567-3336 and can be reached by e-mail.

Sparks Auctions will rely on Ottawa Public Health for advice as the presence of COVID-19 develops internationally and within Canada including our city. We urge our local customers to keep informed and visit Ottawa Public Health, Public Health Ontario, and the Public Health Agency of Canada for the latest information. Local Québec customers should consult Santé Québec for details on travel to and from Ontario.

We are fortunate that our auction system makes it easy for potential bidders to view and bid remotely. The situation is evolving rapidly, but we are following it closely and we will make further announcements on our website and mailing list as things progress. Our next sale, originally scheduled for May 28th-30th, 2020, has been postponed.

We are proud of the healthy role that our shared hobby can play during difficult times, and we thank you for your business.

Sale 32 has finished

Auction #32 has now finished. Prices Realized can be seen on Stamp Auction Network or downloaded from our site (some adjustments are possible as we double check results). There are a number of unsold lots still available for thirty days at the Reserve (Rsv.) price posted online and in the catalogue.

We are now organizing material and preparing invoices, which will take us until Friday February 7th. The office will be closed to the public until February 4th. Invoices will be sent out by e-mail or by postal mail. While we cannot usually interrupt our work to take your phone call, all calls and e-mails will be returned as soon as we can provide the information you are seeking.

Buyers who pick up their auction winnings at our offices at 1770 Woodward Drive in Ottawa can make appointments beginning Thursday February 13th. Please call or e-mail to arrange a time.

Watch our site in the coming weeks as we highlight some of the great realizations from this sale!


Sale 32 Coming in January 2020

PDF Catalogue (90MB)

We are very pleased to announce our 32nd public auction. This is another exciting sale for us, as we have been again entrusted to sell a wide variety of interesting and impressive material by many different consignors. We also take pride in announcing that from now on, we will endeavor to include either a scan or a photograph online with each and every lot. We think this is yet another step, along with our exacting descriptions and live internet bidding, in helping our customers from around the world to have easy access to our auctions.

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