Lot 61 Canada #30c 1868 15c Deep Violet Large Queen on Thick Paper, used with AUG.17.1880 (year slug inverted) c.d.s. from Québec city. A fresh and sound stamp with deep colour and fine centered. A difficult stamp to find not only sound (these usually have thins due to the nature of the paper) but also fully dated. Unitrade $1,000 sold for C$950.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 32 Canada #30c 1880 15c deep violet Large Queen on Thick Carton Paper, used with neat Montreal cancel, deep rich colour and very nicely centered. An extremely fine and fresh stamp, without any of the faults normally seen on this difficult paper. An exquisite example, certainly among the very best known. From the John Hillson Collections. Unitrade CV $2,000, sold for $5000 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Sparks Auction #30, our biggest sale ever, is complete. Unaudited Prices Realized from the sale can be seen on Stamp Auction Network or downloaded from our site. In June, Sparks-auctions.com will begin highlighting some of the better and more interesting realizations from the sale. There is much to talk about, including what are certain to be a few amazing prices (including the extremely fine 15c Large Queen shown at left, ex-Hillson).
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Buyers who wish to pick up their auction winnings at our offices can do so by appointment beginning on Thursday, June 6th. We are not open to the public before that date. If you haven’t visited our new offices yet, we remind you that we are now at 1770 Woodward Drive in Ottawa. Appointments can be made by e-mail or by telephone starting on Wednesday, May 29th. While our building is locked on Saturdays, we will try to make arrangements for those who must pick up outside of work hours.
As always, we thank you for your bids!
We begin Sale #17 at 10:00 EDT today, with the Canada section. A very fine selection of Large Queens will be offered in the first hour.
Lot 53 Canada #26iv 1875 5c olive green Large Queen, Perforated 11 ¾ x 12, mint, with part original gum (disturbed) and very fine. Ex Brigham and accompanied by a 2014 Greene Foundation certificate. Unitrade CV$5,000.
Lot 55 Canada #28 1868 12½c blue Large Queen, mint, with full original gum and hinge remnant. Very well centered, with dot in lower left margin, similar to “balloon flaw” variety. A very nice stamp, with deep colour and very fine plus. Accompanied by a 2007 Philatelic Foundation certificate grading it at “VF-XF 85”. Unitrade CV$2,800.
Lot 63 Canada #30c 1868 15c deep violet Large Queen on Very Thick Paper, unused (regummed) with nice colour and very fine centered. One perf tip at top is lightly feathered for the record, still a rare mint stamp and accompanied by a 2014 Richard Gratton AIEP certificate. Unitrade CV$6,000.