Lot 1373 British Commonwealth extensive mostly Used Collection of Queen Victoria to King George V Era in Six Lighthouse Binders with Matching Slipcases, 1840 to 1937, all on Stanley Gibbons pages for all countries (Aitutaki to Zululand), with most countries well represented. A lovely and very valuable collection left intact, and loaded with better singles and sets, way too many to list here. We estimate 90-95% of the collection to be used, rest is mostly mint hinged but we noted some never hinged in black mounts. Starts with Great Britain, with Penny Blacks (x4) and a Penny Blue, a mint #4 with original gum, four embossed QVs (3 are cut to shape), perforated Penny Red plated up to #224 (223 is mint), plus a number of other plated issues such as the ½d rose (all plates but #14), and much more (owner catalogued the GB long ago at $36,900). The owner catalogued many of the pages or countries long ago, many pages having a high catalogue value, several in the $500 to $1,000 range and more. For example we catalogued Malta alone at $3,775 (owner had $3,067). There are also a large quantity of expensive single stamps and sets in this collection, many cataloguing in the $50 to $200 range (and often much more), with many Shilling and Pound values throughout. The postmarks are for the most part clean, with most of the high values being postally used (a few are not). A much better collection than is normally seen. We have scanned over 150 pages online, just as a small sample. We highly recommend viewing this one in person to further appreciate the better than average quality, variety and very high catalogue value of this lovely collection. Overall fine to very fine. Estimate $15,000, sold for C$11,500.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1056 Worldwide Group of 73 Selected Better Worldwide Covers, from many different countries such as China (PRC), Switzerland, Germany, France, Zanzibar, Austria, United States, New Brunswick, India, Malta, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Cyprus, Gibraltar, French Polynesia, and much more. Noted commercial covers, first day covers, Zeppelin covers, destinations, frankings, a 1935 Portuguese Red Cross inverted overprint error cover, etc. A very useful and valuable lot, with a few small faults but overall fine or better, and quite worth a close look. Estimate $500, sold for C$900.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 958 Malta #20a, 20b 1902 1d on 2½d dull blue pair with double surcharge and PNNEY variety with 1988 Philatelic Foundation Certificate: “Vertical combination pair, on piece, Valletta cancel, PNNEY surcharge on top stamp, double surcharge on lower stamp…It is genuinely used on piece.” There are traces of the doubling on the top stamp. If a modern certificate (which we recommend) confirms this, then this pair assumes much greater importance and value. Fine-very fine. (SG 36a, 36b £3,805) Scott CV$ 4,565.
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.
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.