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Lot 421 - 1860 2½d Dull Rose Queen Victoria Imperforate, a mint horizontal pair with sheet margin at left showing imprint. This stunning pair still retains its full original thin white, dull gum, is lightly hinged and has four large to clear margins, very fine. An extremely rare stamp in this format and quality, with an accordingly huge catalogue value and very reasonable reserve price. Accompanied by a 2020 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $36,000.....Unitrade $ 120,000 Sold for C$ 36,000

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Sparks Auctions Sale - 35

Sparks Auction #35 - February 16-18, 2021

Owing to the COVID-19 State of Emergency Order in Ontario, postponed but confirmed to be February 16-18th.

Welcome to Sparks Auctions’ Sale 35. For the last several months we have been preparing this sale, and we believe the results shown here showcase our hard work, diverse philatelic knowledge, and passion for the hobby.

At Sparks Auctions the property of our consignors is of the utmost importance. Our aim is first and foremost that every consignment whether a single stamp or several cartons obtains the highest realization. Our lotting decisions, careful descriptions and numerous high-quality scans speak volumes about the care we take in our work. This is why we are receiving more and more consignments not only from estates, but more importantly from collectors, who want their treasures handled in the most professional and lucrative way.

This is the first of three sales we are preparing for the first half of 2021. We are confident it will provide you with nice new material for your collections or dealer stock. Some of the interesting items offered in this sale include:

  • A worldwide collection in 228 albums, offered by country or area
  • Retired postal history dealer worldwide stock including many Graf Zeppelin flights, censor mail, etc.
  • A great offering of worldwide first day covers
  • Part 2 (post 1959) of the Jan van der Ven Canadian First Day cover collection
  • Extensive collection of Large Queen stamps, postmarks and postal history including mixed frankings
  • Extensive collection of Karl Lewis hand-painted covers
  • One of our best offerings to date of Newfoundland stamps, essays and proofs
  • Extensive and rare offering of Newfoundland Cents Issue postal history from a "Western Holding"
  • An outstanding offering of early Canadian air mail postal history and stamps with many very rare items.

Confidential bidding before the auction can be done in many ways: by entering bids directly in SAN; by sending us your bids by phone, email, or fax; or by using the services of one of the agents listed in our catalogue. As a reminder, all of our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, and our buyer’s premium remains at an industry low of 17%.

Sparks Auctions is doing its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe during the worldwide pandemic, and we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online. Sale 35 will be conducted without a public floor, and bidding during the auction will be possible in one of two ways, the best being through our usual live internet bidding on here Stamp Auction Network. We also offer live bidding by telephone, but this will be limited to ensure a high-quality experience for participants. Please contact us early if this is a method you prefer.

Enjoy the sale!



Stéphane Cloutier
Sparks Auctions

February 16 - Session 1, Canada & British North America (Lots 1-559) -- 10:00 am EST

February 17 - Session 2/3, British Commonwealth & Worldwide (Lots 560-610) -- 10:00 am EST
February 17 - Session 4, Part 1, Canada & B.N.A. Postal History (Lots 611-1094) -- 10:30* am EST

February 18 - Session 4, Part 2, Worldwide Postal History & Literature (Lots 1095-1394) -- 10:00 am EST
February 18 - Session 5, Lots & Collections (Lots 1395-1698) -- 1:00* pm EST

* Starts immediately after the conclusion of the previous session.

For more information please contact us at:

Sparks Auctions
1770 Woodward Drive, Suite 101
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 0P8 Canada
Phone: (613)567-3336
Fax: (613)567-2972

To request more information by email. info@sparks-auctions.com

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