Sale 33 Coming in June 2020

We are pleased to announce our long-awaited next auction, to be held on June 25-27, 2020. Normally this sale would have been scheduled for the end of May, but the global COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting restrictions required us to reschedule the sale.

The first part of this sale will feature Part 2 of the “Outaouais” collection of high quality Canada and United States, with many certificates and great provenance.

Sale 33 highlights also include:

• The Brian Plain collection of Canadian Dead Letter Office postal history
• Part 2 of the extensive Leon Victor Pont collection of early India First Flight postal history in 159 lots
• Our usual offerings of Canadian and worldwide postal history and postcards
• Our usual offerings of Canadian and worldwide stamps and collections
• Two worldwide lifetime collections, one in 42 Scott International albums and one in 38 Minkus Albums, both offered intact.
• Extensive and advanced collection of used People’s Republic of China stamps in six albums.

This sale will be conducted without a public floor, and bidding live 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 will also offer live bidding by telephone, but this method will be limited to ensure a high-quality experience for participants. Please contact us early if this is a method you prefer.

Confidential bidding before the auction can be done in several ways, either by entering bids directly in SAN, by sending us your bids by phone, email, or fax, or by sending them to one of the agents we list in our catalogue and online.

Sparks Auctions will do its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe, therefore we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online.

Because mailing out catalogues on time will be a challenge, we will only be doing so for our Canadian subscribers. Those outside Canada, or those who for some reason have not received their catalogues in time for the sale are recommended to see the sale online here, which includes over 7,800 high quality scans or pictures. A PDF of this, and all our catalogues can always be downloaded from our website, where you can also see our posted corrections, additional photos, and full details on auction sessions as well as information on viewing, mailing and picking up of your winnings.

A reminder that all our lots are offered in Canadian dollars at a competitive 17% commission rate. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require additional scans or would like to consign to one of our future sales.

Stéphane Cloutier
Sparks Auctions

Lot 1544, Great Britain 1938 “Mails for India” group of 36 airmail covers, sold for C$1,053

Lot 1544, Great Britain 1938 "Mails for India" group of 36 airmail covers, sold for C$1,053Lot 1544 Great Britain FEB.20.1938 Group of 36 “Mails for India” Air Mail Covers, all sent at the 1½d rate. Includes two each of the following destinations: Burma, Ceylon, Palestine, Sarawak, Seychelles, Malaya, Egypt, Brunei, Bahrain, Singapore, North Borneo, Aden, Tibet, Labuan, Muscat, Dubai, Trans Jordan and India. All sent by A. Phillips, Air Mail Specialist of Newport GB, all with the same cachet in red, black, blue or green. Many also have return to sender handstamps, etc. Overall very fine, see online scans.. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $500, sold for C$900.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1573, India 1931 Akyab to Calcutta first flight with stamp variety, sold for C$1,462

Lot 1573, India 1931 Akyab to Calcutta first flight with stamp variety, sold for C$1,462Lot 1573, back of India 1931 Akyab to Calcutta first flight with stamp variety, sold for C$1,462Lot 1573 India MAY.1.1931 Akyab to Calcutta First Flight with Stamp Variety, lovely cacheted envelope is franked with a 1a KGV definitive, plus a 3a Air Mail stamp, the latter with with 1 instead of second I” variety (S.G. #221b £325 for used). Front and back ALSO have a purple handstamp reading “VIA IMPERIAL AIRWAYS, / 1ST EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT / AUSTRALIA TO ENGLAND”. Cover is addressed to Stephen H. Smith (and signed by him on back), alongside a MAY.4 Calcutta receiver. A scarce variety, especially on cover, very fine. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Est $100, sold for C$1,250.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1596, Italy group of Air Mail or First Flight Covers and Cards, 1917 to 1931, sold for C$1,989

Lot 1596, Italy group of Air Mail or First Flight Covers and Cards, 1917 to 1931, sold for C$1,989Lot 1596 Italy Group of sixteen Air Mail or First Flight Covers and Cards, 1917 to 1931, with a 1917 experimental flight Rome to Torino (with a cover, plus a special white card cataloguing $1,300 in Scott, each with #C1 frankings); a 1925 cover with large Livorno label, franked with four pairs of Campari advertising tab 15c stamps (each catalogues $90 on cover); a 1930 flight Maryland Free State from London to Tripoli, signed by pilot; a 1930 first flight Rome to Rome Aerial Circuit of Europe cover (described by owner as one of ten covers in existence, signed by pilot Winifred Spooner); as well as various others (to Malta, Germany, India, etc., some faults due to dampness). Also includes two 1929 first flights from the Vatican. See scans online. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $300, sold for C$1,700.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1547, India 1911 world’s first offical air mail flight, Allahbad to Naini Junction then Calcutta, sold for C$1989

Lot 1547 front, India 1911 world's first offical air mail flight, Allahbad to Naini Junction then Calcutta, sold for C$1989Lot 1547 back, India 1911 world's first offical air mail flight, Allahbad to Naini Junction then Calcutta, sold for C$1989Lot 1547 India FEB.11.1911 World’s First official Air Mail Flight, Allahbad to Naini Junction, then to Calcutta. A large size post card with large magenta First Aerial Post cachet canceling stamp, reverse depicting the biplane used for this historical air mail flight. The card is also signed by the pilot Henri Pequet (only 40 recorded) and expert Stephen H. Smith. Serious creases and tears, still an important flight item. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $100, sold for C$1,700.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.