Lot 1237, Iceland Scott #62 — Realized $5060

The three lots of classic Iceland stamps were eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint, culminating in Lot 1237.

Iceland #62a 1902-1903 1g overprint on 20a greenish blue Numeral, perf 14×13½, from the third printing, very well centered, original gum, hinge remnant, very fine. Accompanied by 1993 Debo certificate (Facit #47c). A lovely example of this world-class rarity, Scott CV $10,000. Hammer price of $4400.

Lot 85, Canada #33 3c bright red Large Queen on laid paper, unused — Realized $20,700

There is really no other place to start our account of the good realizations from Sale #6 than with lot 85, the 3¢ bright red Large Queen on laid paper. Local CBC television news was here to witness as bidding opened at $11,500, and two bidders some 10,500 kilometres apart took the price to $18,000.

Canada #33 1868 3c bright red Large Queen on laid paper, unused (regummed) single possessing nice bright colour, full perforations and pleasing centering, fine. Accompanied by 2002 APS and 2010 Greene Foundation certificates (latter one pink due to regumming). This is one of Canada’s rarest stamps with fewer than ten mint or unused examples recorded to date. In fact, from all Canadian stamps with major Scott numbers, only the 1851 6d Consort on laid paper (#2) and the 1868 1c Large Queen on laid paper (#31) are known in similar small quantities. This specific stamp is likely the second finest example (only the original gum example that was in the Firth collection appears to be of a higher quality). Unitrade CV $25,000

The record price drew the attention of CanadianStampAuctions.com, which has provided detailed commentary about this item and several other stamps in the sale.

Auction #6 Followup Information

Thank you for your interest in Sparks Auction #6. There were nearly 400 internet bidders, and with thirty more on the floor we are busily dealing with the followup to the sale.

We were pleased with the results for many of the items in this sale. On Tuesday of next week, sparks-auctions.com will begin to feature a good realization each day with further information.

We are currently preparing invoices and sending them by e-mail. Once this is done, we will begin the process of sorting and organizing material for shipping. Because of the upcoming holiday weekend in Canada, shipping will start on Weds., May 26th, and local Ottawa customers can pick up their material beginning at that time.

-Sparks Auctions
Ottawa, Canada

Sparks Auctions Sale #6 Begins Today

Our Auction #6 begins today at 1:00pm EDT with 810 lots of Canada and B.N.A. Tomorrow we will call British Commonwealth, Worldwide, and Postal History; Wednesday is taken up with Lots and Collections.
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-Sparks Auctions
Ottawa, Canada