Rare large queen sells for $215,000 plus

On Oct. 18 the third-known, and only recently discovered, two-cent green large queen on laid paper, changed hands for $215,000 plus fees and taxes at a sale by Eastern Auctions.

Until recently, only two examples had been reported. This example turned up in a sales circuit book where it was offered as a woven paper example. An eagle-eyed collector spotted it and had it expertised in 2013 by the Vincent Graves Greene Foundation Philatelic Research Foundation, who issues a technical report on the stamp.

All three were used at the Hamilton, Ontario post office around the same time.

One of the other known stamps the first known example was sold in a Ron Brigham sale last year, while the second-known is the hands of a prominent collector.

A more detailed story on this item and other notable stamps offered at the Eastern Auctions sale will be published in the next issue of Canadian Stamp News.

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