Lot 464 Newfoundland 1857 4d Scarlet Vermilion Heraldic Imperforate, used with neat grid cancel, four large margins and bright fresh colour, extremely fine. A very rare used stamp, especially in such lovely condition. Accompanied by three certificates: 1952 RPSL, 1970 RPSL and 1970 Alberto Diena (with his pencil signature on back). Rsv. $3,600. Unitrade CV $7,000.
Lot 11 Canada #4 1852 3d Red Beaver Imperforate, used with 4-ring #15 (Guelph) cancel in its first state. Margins range from a sheet margin at bottom (including part of an imprint) to large on three other sides, showing part of adjoining stamp at right, extremely fine. A lovely stamp, signed in pencil by Alberto Diena. Unitrade CV$300, sold for C$250 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 665 British Columbia & Vancouver Island #1 1860 2½d dull rose Queen Victoria Imperforate, unused (no gum), quite fresh and with four large margins. The stamp has a small filled-in thin, still a lovely and very fine appearing example of this sought after first stamp of Vancouver Island. The stamp has partially erased expert signatures on back, including that of Alberto Diena, and is accompanied by a 1989 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Rsv. 5,500. Unitrade CV$24,000.