Lot 1313, Spectacular Collection of Karl Lewis Hand Painted Covers of the World, sold for C$16,380

Lot 1313 Spectacular Collection of Karl Lewis Hand Painted Covers of the World, with 102 covers plus 3 post cards. The post cards are some of Karl Lewis’ first creations, as he was a photographer early in his career and sold post cards to earn a living. An extensive and beautiful collection, containing many “crème de la crème” of Lewis’ works of art, all displayed and neatly written up on album pages. The collection contains first day covers of newly issued Japanese stamps, covers mailed from the summit of Mount Fuji and covers with Japanese or American ship postmarks. In the first half, the collector uses mostly Japanese covers to illustrate his chronological story of Karl Lewis. In the second half, he presents all his better foreign covers, first day covers, Mount Fuji and Ship covers and ends it with some of his postcards. We also included a non-illustrated cover with a Karl Lewis return address mailed to Marks Stamps in Toronto, Canada (probably mailed while he worked as a manager of an automobile sales company, as there is an automobile-themed label on back). Listing the better illustrated covers would be difficult, as they are all masterpieces, but collectors who know his work should rest assured that the collection is packed with goodies of all sorts, with many rarities. In many instances the owner wrote on the opposite side of the page how much he paid, and from what auction house he bought items, with several priced in the $400 to $850 range, with the lowest priced at $175. Each cover is scanned on our website, and the lucky buyer of this remarkable collection will also get a publication listing all of the Lewis post cards offered in his 1905 catalogue, as well as a few article clippings and an issue of Japanese Philately which includes a very detailed article on Karl Lewis covers, one of a long series published in this magazine from 2011 to 2017, plus the useful 2019 auction catalogue (and PR) for sale of Dr. Steven J. Berlin’s impressive collection. We are offering this collection without a reserve starting price, as we are certain that it will attract competitive bidding. All of the items in this lot are of the highest quality, with fresh, bright colours and very fine or better. Estimate $15,000, sold for C$14,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1326, 1937 Japanese Empire Onuma Park cover, Hokkaido to California

Lot 1326, Karl Lewis Illustrated cover, 1937 Japanese Empire Onuma Park cover, Hokkaido to CaliforniaLot 1326 Japanese Empire Onuma Park, Hokkaido to California, APR.28.1937, Karl Lewis Illustrated cover depicting a park scene, with two strikes of the Sapporo oval scenic datestamp tying four Japanese definitives. Rare and very fine, ex. Dr. Steven J. Berlin collection. Estimate C$500.

Sale 35 Winter 2021

NB February 8th, 2021: We are pleased to confirm that this auction will take place February 16-18, 2021.

Welcome to Sparks Auctions’ Sale 35. For the last several months we have been preparing this sale, and we believe the results shown here showcase our hard work, diverse philatelic knowledge, and passion for the hobby.

At Sparks Auctions the property of our consignors is of the utmost importance. Our aim is first and foremost that every consignment whether a single stamp or several cartons obtains the highest realization. Our lotting decisions, careful descriptions and numerous high-quality scans speak volumes about the care we take in our work. This is why we are receiving more and more consignments not only from estates, but more importantly from collectors, who want their treasures handled in the most professional and lucrative way.

Our auction listing on Stamp Auction Network includes more than 10,000 high quality scans or pictures. A PDF of the auction catalogue can be downloaded here on our site. You can also find posted corrections, additional photos, and full details on pre-auction viewing, the daily auction sessions and details about shipping or picking up your winnings.

This is the first of three sales we are preparing for the first half of 2021. We are confident it will provide you with nice new material for your collections or dealer stock. Some of the interesting items offered in this sale include:
• A worldwide collection in 228 albums, offered by country or area
• Retired postal history dealer worldwide stock including many Graf Zeppelin flights, censor mail, etc.
• A great offering of worldwide first day covers
• Part 2 (post 1959) of the Jan van der Ven Canadian First Day cover collection
• Extensive collection of Large Queen stamps, postmarks and postal history including mixed frankings
• Extensive collection of Karl Lewis hand-painted covers
• One of our best offerings to date of Newfoundland stamps, essays and proofs
• Extensive and rare offering of Newfoundland Cents Issue postal history from a “Western Holding”
• An outstanding offering of early Canadian air mail postal history and stamps with many very rare items.

Confidential bidding before the auction can be done in many ways: by entering bids directly in SAN; by sending us your bids by phone, email, or fax; or by using the services of one of the agents listed in our catalogue. As a reminder, all of our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, and our buyer’s premium remains at an industry low of 17%.

Sparks Auctions is doing its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe during the worldwide pandemic, and we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online. Sale 35 will be conducted without a public floor, and bidding during the auction will be possible in one of two ways, the best being through our usual live internet bidding on Stamp Auction Network. We also offer live bidding by telephone, but this will be limited to ensure a high-quality experience for participants. Please contact us early if this is a method you prefer.

From the Office
The Sparks Auctions team is pleased to welcome Peter MacDonald as its General Manager. He joins Auction Manager Stéphane Cloutier in the overall management of the firm, and takes up his role in mid-December. “Peter brings a background in philately and significant executive experience. Our clients have come to expect the highest integrity and attention to detail in their dealings with us,” said Sparks President Ian Kimmerly. “With Stephane and Peter leading our dedicated and skilled team, navigating the current market and planning for a bright future, we know our consignors, bidders and buyers will benefit greatly.”

Need a Gift Idea?
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Enjoy the Sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager,
Sparks Auctions