Lot 421 British Columbia and Vancouver Island #1 1860 2½d Dull Rose Queen Victoria Imperforate, a mint horizontal pair with sheet margin at left showing imprint. This stunning pair still retains its full original thin white, dull gum, is lightly hinged and has four large to clear margins, very fine. An extremely rare stamp in this format and quality, with an accordingly huge catalogue value and very reasonable reserve price. Accompanied by a 2020 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $36,000. Unitrade CV$120,000, sold for C$36,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 39 Canada #17 10c Red Lilac Consort on 1865 Cover to Victoria BC, an attractive stamp, just tied to cover mailed from Hyde Park Corner U.C. with free strike of broken circle in red ink, with manuscript date OCT.28.1865, paying the 10c rate to pre-Confederation Victoria, Vancouver Island with London U.C. transit cancel and pencil docketing “Received Dec 13th”, cover professionally restored at left edge and very clean and attractive. Among the prettiest of the fifteen recorded 10c. rate covers to Vancouver Island. Provenance: Daniel Cantor and illustrated at page 118 of Canada’s Decimal Era 1859-1868 by George B. Arfken and Arthur W. Leggett. The cover was routed through London, Windsor-Detroit exchange and by closed bag across the continent to San Francisco and north to Victoria, for a total transit time of 46 days. From The Outaouais Collection. Estimate $400, sold for C$1,800.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 808 British Columbia and Vancouver Island #12 1867 50c on 3d Violet Seal of British Columbia Surcharge, Perforated 14, a mint horizontal pair with full original gum, hinged. A very well centered and scarce multiple, fine. Accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $2,200. Unitrade CV$3,600.
Lot 212 British Columbia & Vancouver Island #1 1860 2½d Dull Rose Queen Victoria Imperforate, mint with thin, white original gum, on unwatermarked glossy paper. This stamp was prepared for the 1862 International Exhibition and never put into use. Very few of these stamps exist in private hands, especially with full original gum and with four large to well clear margins. Very fine and accompanied by a 1998 and a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $20,000. From The Outaouais Collection. Unitrade CV$45,000
Lot 665 British Columbia & Vancouver Island #1 1860 2½d dull rose Queen Victoria Imperforate, unused (no gum), quite fresh and with four large margins. The stamp has a small filled-in thin, still a lovely and very fine appearing example of this sought after first stamp of Vancouver Island. The stamp has partially erased expert signatures on back, including that of Alberto Diena, and is accompanied by a 1989 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Rsv. 5,500. Unitrade CV$24,000.