Brigham Auctions‘ upcoming July 9 sale, featuring material from the famed Ron Brigham Collection, is fast approaching.
The 730-lot sale includes highlights ranging from Quebec Tercentenary, MacDonald-Cartier, Admirals, George V and VI as well as Edward VII issues. It will also be the final opportunity for bidders to acquire material from Brigham’s Canada collection. It includes new material, returns and unsolds from previous sales.
Among the sale’s top highlights is Lot 3, a “stamp-size” artist’s model of the one-, two- and five-cent values (Scott #97Pvar, 98Pvar, 99Pvar), each hand-painted on stiff card measuring 70 mm x 59 mm. Each design also includes a pencilled-in frameline with the denomination, frame and border elements rendered in colour of issue paint and watercolours touched-up with Chinese White pigment.
The three original cards were then remounted in form of a triptych on a larger thick display/approval card measuring 256 mm x 146 mm. It’s described by auctioneers as a “wonderful and breathtaking example of the designer’s art and an absolute must-have for the serious collector of this issue.” It has a pre-sale estimate of $35,000.
Another pair of artist models is offered as Lot 4, which includes a “stamp-size” models of the seven- and 10-cent values (SC #100Pvar, 101Pvar), each hand-painted on stiff card measuring 101 mm x 89 mm. Like the previous highlight, each design in this lot also includes a pencilled-in frameline with the denomination, frame and border elements rendered in colour of issue paint and watercolours touched-up with Chinese White pigment.
Estimated at $25,000, it’s described as a “captivating and appealing example of the printer’s craft and an indispensable component for an advanced collection.”
Another highlight is Lot 108, a set of nine colour die essays in one- to 50-cent denominations, including two different 10-cent and two different 20-cent essays. Each essay is printed on India paper and die sunk (about 74 mm by 62 mm) on card (about 115 mm x 115 mm, although one 20-cent is slightly smaller). It’s the only complete set of die essays in private hands and is described by auctioneers as an “essential requirement for any specialized collection or display.” The lot is estimated at $30,000.
Rounding out the highlights is Lot 538, a “very fine and extremely rare” complete set of large die proofs, all die sunk on India paper and in colour of issue. This lot, which includes 11 die proofs in total, has an estimate of $15,000.
Brigham Auctions’ final sale is slated to take place July 23.