Auction preview: National Postage Stamp and Coin Show begins tonight at 6 p.m.

By Jesse Robitaille

Auction Network will host host a 567-lot combined numismatic and philatelic sale at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this evening in Mississauga.

Lot viewing ran from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, and bidding begins at 6 p.m.

“The main thing we want to do here is give everybody great deals on things that maybe they can’t get anywhere else,” said Allen Fleishman, owner and auctioneer with the Toronto-based auction house.

Among the sale’s top philatelic highlights is Lot 32, a $4 stamp issued in 1897 (Scott #64) in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. With a catalogue value of $1,200, the stamp is listed in “Mint, Fine” condition.

This painting by acclaimed Canadian artist Christian Morrisseau is listed as Lot 131a.

MORRISSEAU PAINTINGS

Prominent Canadian artist Christian Morrisseau has been commissioned by Auction Network to produce exclusive paintings for the next 25 years.

“This year alone we’ve run three auctions of Christian’s work,” said Fleishman. “We’ve sold about 250 of his originals to date. I couldn’t find any artist anywhere to paint that many and have them sold – it’s unheard of – and they mix in good with the coins.”

Lot 131a is a Morrisseau acrylic painting on canvas, Woodland Shaman, signed in Cree syllabics as well as English and titled, signed and dated in English on the reverse. The framed painting measures 25 x 32 inches. It was appraised by D. Paul Bremner at $3,450.

Another acrylic painting on canvas, this by Morrisseau’s father, Norval (1931-2007), will cross the auction block as Lot 330a. The untitled painting is signed in Cree syllabics as Copper Thunderbird. It’s also signed and dated (1988) in English on the reverse. This framed painting measures 44 x 35 inches and was also appraised by Bremner at $21,500.

For more information, visit auction.auctionnetwork.ca/National-Postage-Stamp-Coin-Show-Auction-Sale_a30748.

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