Lot 9, Canada 1851 12 penny black plate proof block of eight with Specimen overprint, sold for $26,450

Lot 9, Canada 1851 12 penny black plate proof block of eight with Specimen overprintLot 9 Canada #3Pi 1851 12d black Queen Victoria Plate Proof, with Vertical SPECIMEN Overprint in Carmine, a lovely block of eight on card-mounted India paper, fresh and very fine. A stunning block, and certainly one of the great showpieces of Canadian philately. This item would certainly form the cornerstone of a proof collection. Unitrade CV$20,000, sold for C$23,000 plus buyer’s premium.

Lot 10, Canada 1851 twelve penny black plate proof pair with diagonal SPECIMEN, sold for $12,650

Lot 10, Canada 1851 twelve penny black plate proof pair with diagonal SPECIMENLot 10 Canada #3Pii 1851 12d black Queen Victoria Plate Proof, with Diagonal SPECIMEN Overprint in Carmine, a horizontal pair on India paper, quite fresh and very fine. A rare and seldom offered proof, especially so in a multiple. Unitrade CV$10,000, sold for C$11,000 plus buyer’s premium.