‘More bidders’ turn out at All Nations’ milestone sale

All Nations Stamp & Coin reported more bidders compared to last year at this March’s milestone auction, the firm’s 1,400th in more than 26 years, with realizations nearing 110 per cent of the pre-sale estimates.

On March 11, the Vancouver firm owned by long-time dealer and auctioneer Brian Grant Duff offered more than 230 lots, covering a range of philatelic and numismatic material from Canada and around the world.

“Good material with eye-appeal did well,” said Duff. “High cataloguing material with less eye-appeal underperformed.”

Another imperforate offering, this one an upper-right plate block of four 1934 Jacques Cartier stamps in Very Fine condition, sold for $4,070 as Lot 60.

Among the top-earning Canadian stamps, an imperforate pair of 1929 Bluenose stamps (Scott #158a) in Very Fine (VF), never-hinged condition realized $1,650 to top its estimate as Lot 53.

An imperforate upper-right plate block of four 1934 Jacques Cartier stamps (SC #208a) also topped its estimate as Lot 60, bringing $4,070 in VF condition.

The sale, which marked Duff’s first live auction with an in-person bidding floor in three years, saw “only a handful in attendance” at the All Nations storefront in west Vancouver.

“Even some who intended to come stayed away,” he said, referencing colds and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of his bidders continued to participate online.

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