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Lot 16 - 1851 12d Black Queen Victoria Imperforate on Laid Paper, a mint single with large sheet margin at right, possessing full original gum and never hinged, very fine.

Definitely the star attraction of this collection, being one of only two examples of this stamp with original never hinged gum, the other being the "Black Empress" which sold for US$425,000 (plus buyer's premium) at Spink New York in 2011. The stamp offered here is the "sister" of the magnificent mint sheet margin exa....Unitrade $ 320,000 Sold for C$ 250,000

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Sparks Auctions Sale - 45A

Sparks Auctions' Sale #45A, The Athena Collection (Part 1 of 2 Sales) - January 21, 2023

Sparks Auctions is proud to have been chosen to sell this remarkable collection. It is being sold in two parts, this Part 1 on Saturday, January 21st, 2023 and Part 2 on Saturday, February 11th, 2023 and both sales are offered in a single print catalogue. This specialized collection ranges from the first issues of 1851 to just after World War II, including back of the book, regularly issued stamps, imperforate pairs, blocks and multiples, plate proof singles, pairs and blocks, as well as die proofs, progressive proofs, varieties and more.

Major highlights include an unused 3d red Beaver on laid paper, one of the only two known mint never hinged 12d black Queen Victoria imperforates, a used sheet margin 12d black Queen Victoria imperforate, and all three Admiral gutter blocks of the part imperforate coil blocks.

Just a few of the interesting varieties offered over the two sales are all of the inter-panneau imperforate tête-bêche booklet panes (Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V), “Shilling mark,” “Broken leg,” “Inverted Seaway” (mint and used) and more.

The quality present is consistently very high, as the owner bought only the best from the most reputable sources, with cost not being an impediment. Below you will see a list of the lots with recent graded certificates. Many of the stamps in this sale will not be seen again for a long time, and these stamps are sure to be remembered and referenced for years to come, as “ex Athena collection.”

The sale will be conducted both with a traditional live floor, and here on StampAuctionNetwork, and we can also accommodate telephone bids.

Enjoy the sale, and good luck!


Stéphane Cloutier FRPSC, FPHSC
Auction Manager
Lots that have a 2022 PSE graded certificate:
Sale 45A Sale 45B
Lot 121 #55, XF 90 NH Lot 569 #60i, XF-Sup 95J NH
Lot 135 #60, XF-Sup 95 NH Lot 595 #71, XF-Sup 95 NH
Lot 142 #63, XF-Sup 95 NH Lot 624 #80, XF-Sup 95 NH
Lot 152 #71, XF-Sup 95J NH Lot 637 #88, XF-Sup 95J NH
Lot 179 #81, VF-XF 85J NH Lot 690 #111, XF-Sup 98J NH
Lot 213 #100, XF-Sup 95 NH Lot 718 #122, Superb 98 NH
Lot 232, #111, XF 90J NH Lot 833 #F1, XF 90 NH
Lot 234, #111b, XF 90J  
Lot 256 #120, XF-Sup 95 NH  
Lot 268 #130, XF-Sup 95 NH  

Sale Session Information:

Session 1: (Lots 1 - 428) Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 9:00 AM EST

For more information please contact us at:

Sparks Auctions
1770 Woodward Drive, Suite 101
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 0P8 Canada
Toll free: (844) 252-2032 North America
Phone: (613)567-3336
Fax: (613)567-2972

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

Visit our Home Page at: Sparks Auctions


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