Prices include 15 per cent buyer’s fee
A series of Newfoundland stamps—led by an overprinted Newfoundland airmail stamp (Scott #C5)—highlighted the July 2017 sale of The Beville Collection, which included an extensive offering of worldwide stamps from 1840-1940.
The July 26-27 sale by New York City’s Cherrystone Auctions featured thousands of rare and valuable stamps, among the top highlights of which was Lot 5467, a 36-cent Trail of the Caribou stamp (Newfoundland #126) that was overprinted, re-valued and re-issued in September 1930 (Newfoundland #C5) for the trans-Atlantic flight of “Miss Columbia” the following month. One of three Newfoundland airmail stamps to be offered, this lot realized $4,250 USD.
Eight Newfoundland stamps, five of which realized more than $1,000 USD, also highlighted the 1,265-lot sale this summer.
The top-earning stamp of this set was Lot 5463, a used 1857 one-schilling scarlet vermillion (Newfoundland #9) accompanied by a 1994 BPA Expertising certificate. This lot brought $2,800 USD.
Other highlights include Lot 5441, a set of five 1869 surcharge stamps ranging in denomination from five cents to $1 (British Columbia #14-18). With each stamp on a single page from the Gerald Wellburn Collection of Historic Vancouver, this lot realized $3,000 USD.
Rounding out the highlights was Lot 5451, a used 1868 one-cent brown red stamp (British Columbia #31) accompanied by a 2000 Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation certificate. This lot realized $2,200 USD.
While many major stamp auctions focus on glamorous and iconic stamps, the Beville Collection instead highlights the “unsung and often undervalued rarities from the various Imperial Colonies and far reaches of the globe,” according to the auction house.