Auction preview: Final Brigham sale to feature Small Queens, Back of Book, QEII issues

Brigham Auctions‘ final sale, slated to take place later this week in Brampton, Ont., will be the last opportunity for bidders to acquire material from the famed Ron Brigham Collection.

On July 23, the single-session, 1,017-lot sale will see Brigham’s extensive collection of Small Queens, Back of the Book and Queen Elizabeth II issues cross the block.


Lot 6

Lot 6 has a catalogue value of $10,380.

The sale’s highlights come early and often, beginning with Lot 6, a complete right-hand sheet of 50 (Ottawa No. 2 PO 922F) 10-cent blue-green Special Delivery stamps (Scott #E1). With a straight edge at left and “full pristine original gum” (never hinged), this “fine to very fine and rare” lot has a catalogue value of $10,380.

Moving forward with Lot 7, bidders will be offered another complete right-hand sheet of 50 stamps. This sheet of 10-cent yellow-green Special Delivery stamps (SC #E1b) in fresh Ottawa No. 1 PO 496 (defaced) has “full pristine original gum” (never hinged) and a light gum bend on the fifth row as well as some selvedge faults and a missing piece along the top. The “fine to very fine” lot has a catalogue value of $14,040.

Rounding out the Back of the Book highlights is Lot 8, a complete sheet of 50 10-cent deep blue-green Special Delivery stamps (SC #E1iv) in Ottawa No. 1. With “full original gum,” this “fine to very fine” lot has a catalogue value of $7,510.


Among the top Small Queens highlights is Lot 612, an eight-cent engraved trial colour die proof in bright blue (SC #44TC) on India paper (26 mm x 31 mm). This “stunningly beautiful and extremely rare trial colour proof” has a catalogue value of $20,000. As of July 17, bidding had reached $21,000.

Lot 630

Lot 630 has a catalogue value of $20,000.

Another Small Queens highlights is Lot 630, a 10-cent brown-red (SC #45c) in a unique complete bottom margin imperforate plate imprint strip of 20 stamps (1897 printing, positions 81-100). The strip shows a full Boggs Type V imprint at centre plus plate edge inking at bottom. This “very fine and unique showpiece” has a catalogue value of $20,000.

Rounding out the highlights is Lot 1015, a complete imperforate sheet of 50 1992 84-cent Christmas stamps (SC #1454i), This “post office fresh” lot with full original gum (never hinged) is “undoubtedly unique.” It has a catalogue value of $31,250.

For more information or to view the auction catalogue, click here.

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