Nova Scotia #7

1851 1sh cold violet Heraldic Flowers, unused with four full to large margins but has been expertly repaired to seal a tear. Very fine appearance and one of the finest appearing examples in existence. Accompanied by 2008 AIEP certificate. The 1sh cold violet is the rarest issued by Nova Scotia (Scott #7, $25,000; SG #7, £25,000)

Newfoundland #4 used pair

1857 Newfoundland #4 4p scarlet vermilion unique used pair, The left hand stamp has four well clear margins, the right hand stamp has clear to large margins except at top right, the stamps are sound and are accompanied by a 2008 AIEP Certificate. SG £5,000, Unitrade as F-VF $8,000. Robert Pratt’s The Pence Issues of Newfoundland states that the only used pair (and largest multiple) of the four pence is this pair which is ex. Dale, Carey-Fox and Pratt. Scott CV:$7500

Canada #J5 Die Proof

Today we begin our previews of the better material being prepared for our January auction. We will have one new lot every weekday for the rest of November.
Canada 1928 10¢ violet First Postage Due Large Die Proof, 59x54mm die sunk on large card measuring 228x151mm. The 10¢ value was not issued until July 3 1928. Only 12 of these were in the ABN Archives sale. Estimate $1000

Sparks Auctions Sale #3, January 13th-14th, 2009

Collectors, dealers and consignors expect the best from Sparks Auctions.
We are proud to report that collections as well as top quality single stamps have been coming in at a rate which has overwhelmed our storage space. In excess of 320 feet (100 meters) of shelf space is filled with albums, stock books and cartons of stamps.
When we began lotting in August we planned a late Fall Auction, but soon realized that scheduling a sale even in early December would result in intense deadline pressure, with the likelihood that we may unnecessarily compromise our policy of offering the best material.
We have therefore set the date of Auction #3 for mid-January. An extended schedule for producing the catalogue, advertising and making all other preparations will guarantee a smooth-running sale, and we will not have a conflict with the busy holiday season in December.
Catalogue preparation will be in full flight next week, with the expectation that mailing will be possible in early December. We will notify customers through our website when shipping has begun.
There are many lots in Auction Three worth featuring and these descriptions will be featured on our website and elsewhere for many weeks prior to the auction.