‘Best Small Queen cover’ tops estimate at Eastern sale

An 1875 registered cover paying the correct 30-cent rate to Norway and featuring a se-tenant pair as well as a single 10-cent pale milky rose lilac Small Queen realized $28,000 as part of Eastern Auctions’ Nov. 8-10 sale.

Dubbed by auctioneers as “the best Small Queen cover” in existence, Lot 887 of the Nov. 8-10 sale by Eastern Auctions realized $28,000. A registered cover, it was mailed to Tonsberg, Norway, in July 1875 and includes a se-tenant pair as well as a single 10-cent pale milky rose lilac Small Queen from the Montreal printings. Paying the correct rate to Norway, the stamps and the postal markings offer outstanding eye-appeal, according to auction cataloguer Yohann Tanguay. “I am not one bit surprised knowing the importance and status of this great cover among seasoned Small Queen collectors,” said Tanguay. “If my knowledge serves me right, this has now become the most valuable cover franked solely with Small Queen stamps.” Continue reading →

Once-in-a-lifetime ‘Opportunity’ in first part of Eastern’s ‘Highlands Collection’ sale

An imperforate example of the 1865 Vancouver Island five-cent rose stamp (Scott #3) is expected to bring $125,000 as Lot 8 of Eastern Auctions’ Nov. 8-10 sale.

One of the rarest mint pieces in all of British North America philately, an “outstanding” imperforate example of the 1865 Vancouver Island five-cent rose stamp (Scott #3), is expected to bring $125,000 at auction this November. Described by auctioneers as “a handsome and peerless example with impeccable provenance,” the stamp comes from the famed Gerald Wellburn Collection. It will be offered by New Brunswick’s Eastern Auctions in the first part of the Highlands Collection of British North America on Nov. 8. Continue reading →

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