Auction review: All Nations’ 1150th sale exceeds expectations

There are no fees or buyers’ premiums in any All Nations’ auctions.

All Nations Stamp and Coin held its 1150th weekly auction, which saw 97 per cent of the lots sold while pre-sale estimates were topped by 25 per cent on a sunny Saint Patrick’s Day.

The 200-lot sale, held March 17, was comprised of two Canadian estates that “yielded the opportunity to acquire most of Canada’s early stamp issues,” according to Brian Grant Duff, owner and auctioneer of the Vancouver-based auction house.

“A full house competed avidly against collector, dealer and institutional absentee and telephone buyers from across North America and around the world,” said Duff. “New bidders joined in the fray as a result of stories in the Vancouver Sun and on Breakfast Television. There was no room for the television cameraperson who showed up to the sale. The session began with a flurry of phone bidders from as far away as China and the United Kingdom, but settled into an enjoyable few hours of the floor buyers trying to take home some of the proffered collectibles.”

Lot 11 was an 1857 six-pence Prince Albert (SC #10) that sold for $2,600.

Among the top highlights was Lot 28, a set of 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee plate proofs (Scott #50P-65P) ranging in denomination from a half cent to $5. The 16-piece lot realized $3,410.

A rare used 1857 six-pence Prince Albert (SC #10) described as “typically thinned” sold for $2,600 as Lot 11.

Lot 20 was a scarce 1867 one-cent Large Queen on laid (SC #30) that brought $1,320.

A scarce Large Queen, the used 1867 one cent on laid paper (SC #30)—also described as “thinned”—brought $1,320 as Lot 20.

Even dangerous forgeries of the 12-pence black (SC #3F) and two-cent Large Queen on laid paper (SC #32F) were available as space fillers. The 12-pence forgery brought $1,198 as Lot 6 while the Andre Frodel-made Large Queen forgery realized $577.50 as Lot 21.


Duff said interest in stamps from the People’s Republic of China “remains strong.”

A used 1962 Mei-Lan Fang imperforate set (Scott #620-627) fetched $2,200 as Lot 130 while a damaged used souvenir sheet from the same series yielded $3,600 as Lot 131.

Lot 6 (left) and Lot 21 (right) were forgeries available as space fillers. They brought $1,198 and $577.50, respectively.

“While China buyers will compete to buy classic G.B. as well, a non-Chinese collector bested three leading U.K. and U.S. dealers to win the 1840 Hume caricature of the Mulready letter sheet (Lot 143), from the Gerald Wellburn collection, at $4,800,” Duff added.


Lot 46 was a misperforated fold-over error block of 16 one-cent Quebec Tercentenary stamps that realized $2,400.

A newly discovered misperforated fold-over error block of 16 mint one-cent Quebec Tercentenary stamps (SC #97var) realized $2,400. Issued in 1908 as part of an eight-stamp set marking the 300th anniversary of the province of Quebec, the one-cent stamp depicts Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain.

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