Lot 887 — 1849 France 15c green Cérès imperf, sold for $3910

Faulty or repaired classic stamps which get almost no attention when they are common, will still attract significant bidding if they have high catalogue value or are very scarce. This fifteen centimes green Cérès head imperf stamp is such an example (as is the Madagascar set we will feature next month).

Lot 887Lot 887 France #2 1849 15c green Cérès Imperforate unused, with four margins but a couple of faults. Accompanied by a 1986 Roger Calves photographic certificate stating “… neuf, authentique, mais réparé”. Very fine appearance. Yvert #2 value is €10,000 for no gum. Scott CV$23,000, sold for $3,400 plus buyer’s premium.

Lots & Collections Today

The first two afternoons of Auction #11 saw some terrific realizations. Noteworthy were the Canada Admirals and Consular Stamps, and the used New Zealand. Unaudited realizations can be seen on Stamp Auction Network.

Malta Collection
ex-Lot 1736 Malta Collection

Today we offer Collections, Large Lots & Remainders. We have begun a trend towards single lots of nice collections that could certainly have been divided into separate offerings with some exceptional individual stamps. Examples are Malta, France and Norway. Canada and Newfoundland also have intact collections, as does United States. Lots 1761 to 1806 showcase African and Latin American single country new issues from the 1970s to 2005. We have found that these collections do surprisingly well on their own, so check the Opening Bids on Stamp Auction Network before placing your bid.

Session 6 begins at 1:00pm. An error on the section page of our printed catalogue had the sale beginning at 2:00pm following Literature (which was called yesterday afternoon), but this information has been corrected in all other channels.



Introduction to Auction #8

We are pleased to introduce our eighth public auction, to take place over three days, June 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2011.

Consignors have rewarded us with an overwhelming number of lovely stamps, collections, and carton lots. One result is that we can offer higher quality in our single lots and, as a consequence, more intact collections are offered than in previous auctions.

Lot 7 — Canada #2 used with target cancel

One consignor who entrusted us with his superb collection — Lot 7 is one example — did so as he believes Sparks Auctions is the best suited to ensure that future owners will enjoy and appreciate his treasures as much as he did.

The Canada and BNA sections are not only very close to complete by major Scott numbers but also from Victoria through George VI are reasonably complete for the varieties listed in the Unitrade Catalogue. The quality of these offerings is often outstanding. Many lots are rarities. In January 2009 we offered the discovery block of what is now listed as #270ii, this auction we offer the only known used single. Others offer intriguing quantities such as 172 of the possible 200 examples of #1359ii in 3 lots which together have the astounding catalogue value of $344,000. Browsing through our Canada and BNA section is more fun than reading a Neiman-Marcus catalogue.

Our British Commonwealth is strong and anchored by a wonderful Great Britain collection (and more parts of this collection can be found with the lots and collections section).

The worldwide section has strong USA, France, Germany and Offices/Colonies, and extensive North Vietnam. Individual rarities from Lombardy-Venetia, France, Spain, and Thailand will fill gaps in advanced collections. All the sections of this auction offering single stamps are stronger in quality and rarity than was found in our previous auctions.

The offerings of postal history as single covers, smaller lots, and the many cartons of covers range from the year 1459 (with Venetian Guild Mark) to modern day. Among the valuable single covers are Canada #10, 1918 flown registered envelope, two bisects of Nova Scotia, a Nova Scotia shilling and three one penny stamps to Australia and scarce Newfoundland including a Columbia flight cover. A broad range of Canada and worldwide are found in the cartons. Forty-nine lots of literature offer many out of print reference works.

Our lots and collections section is the most extensive by number of lots, variety, and especially bulk. Many valuable collections are found in the boxes of large envelopes and in seven bookcases filled with albums. From the point of view of bulk it is the 361 cartons (mostly bankers boxes) which physically dominate the auction.

Some 2700 scans are found in the image gallery on our website (sparks auctions.com) which is about three times the number in the catalogue. We will have extended viewing hours to accommodate viewers in this auction.

We hope you enjoy viewing this sale as much as we have enjoyed assembling and describing it.