Canada’s 1903 2¢ King Edward VII definitive led recent Sparks Auction

Jun 30, 2017, 5 AM

Auction Roundup — By Matthew Healey

In Ottawa, Sparks Auctions held a sale May 23-24 of Canadian, British North American, and worldwide stamps. The top item was an imperforate block of 12 of Canada’s 1903 2¢ King Edward VII definitive.

The left six stamps are upside-down, because the partial sheet is two tete-beche booklet panes (Scott 90d). Sheets intended for booklets were laid out this way so that each pane of six would have a margin at left for binding the booklets.

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The corner of the sheet margin is cut away diagonally, though this apparently had little effect on the price of the rarity. It sold for $13,800 in Canadian dollars, including the 15 percent buyer’s premium added by Sparks, or about US$10,400.

A gorgeous set of plate proofs of Canada’s 1935 King George V pictorial definitives from 1¢ to $1 (Scott 217-227), on India paper mounted on card, was offered in gutter-margin blocks of four and eight. The set sold for about $3,300.

A set of die proofs of the set issued by Newfoundland honoring Sir Humphrey Gilbert in 1933 (Scott 212-225) showed each of the 14 designs in black on watermarked paper. The lot fetched $3,800.

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