Who We Are

Sparks Auctions was founded in 2007 by a group of advanced collectors and experienced philatelic professionals in Ottawa, Canada, who saw a market for regularly-held stamp auctions presented with collectors in mind. Sparks Auctions does not own the material we sell. Working with consignors to present their material in a manner designed to attract attention from bidders and maximize realizations, we have established a reputation for careful, accurate descriptions and wide-ranging auctions.

Ian Kimmerly, President & Auctioneer

Kate Morrow, Auction Manager

Stéphane Cloutier, Director of Consignments & Lotting

Matt Johnston, Technical Manager

Brian Wolfenden, Lotter & BNAPS Books

David Giles, Auctioneer

Board of Directors

Danny Cantor, Andrew Ellwood, Chris Green, Ian Kimmerly, Doug Lingard, Hank Narbonne

Working with consignors to present their material in a manner designed to attract attention from bidders and maximize realizations, we have established a reputation for careful, accurate descriptions and wide-ranging auctions.

Expert Input

Along with our regular lotters, our auction team draws on the expertise and experience of many individuals, including collectors and exhibitors who have won Gold Medals. Most of us have contributed locally and nationally to organized philately as Editors, Presidents, or Chairmen of Societies, Clubs and Stamp Shows. Also among our number are accredited and respected philatelic Judges. We always welcome and encourage new talent.

Expert contributors include: Chris Anstead, Geoff Browning, Chris Green, Hank Narbonne, Hank Van Der Linde and others.

We hold sales in January, May and September. At each sale, a local auction floor is complemented by large numbers of on-line and advance bidders. With attractive printed catalogues, a comprehensive website, and live bidding on Stamp Auction Network, we have a track record of successful sales.

See the How To Bid page for instructions on participating in a sale, and check our Consignments page to learn how to make the most of your consignment, whether it’s a stamp collecting area which you no longer pursue, other surplus collections and accumulations, or an inheritance or estate.

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