The second installment of the Brigham and Lundeen collections was an entertaining and suspenseful two-day auction. The 295 lots generated well over 13,000 bids and took over 8 hours to call. The final result was a total realization of $3,885,200 (inclusive of buyer’s premium).
Among the many highlights, lots 1, 38, 42, 44, 61 and 601 all fetched prices well into six-figures, for a cumulative $1,450,000 hammer against pre-sale estimates or catalogue values of just $577,000. Two lots in particular caught our attention: Lot 61 – the finest mint OG 10 cent black brown and Lot 601 – the Admiral set of three gutter margin blocks of twelve. These were knocked down for $260,000 and $145,000 respectively. Both are record prices and the most valuable items of their entire respective issues.
The third installment of these collections will be held in March 2024. The emphasis of the Brigham sale will focus on the timeless Queen Victoria “Chalon” portrait, depicted on the world-famous 1851 12 penny black and on the 7½ pence and 12½ cents stamps. Auction previews for Part III will be on our site in mid-January. The Lundeen collection will offer rare die proofs, another comprehensive selection of plate multiples and showcasing Lathework!
Our next public auction is set for November 15-18, 2023. We are delighted to bring to the market interesting collections and seldom seen material. Noteworthy sections are British West Indies rarities, an old-time collection of Liberia, New Brunswick featuring Charles Connell essays and the unique unused pair, Canada Large & Small Queen with die proofs, rare mint multiples and postal history. An exceptional array of essays & proofs from late Queen Victorian to King George VI era will be sold, noting unique Artist’s proofs of the 1908 Québec Tercentenary, unissued 1914 Macdonald-Cartier die essays and often overlooked BABN Arch & Medallion Issue rarities. Also on offer is a specialized Bluenose collection, Canadian Revenues and one of the finest selections of modern errors we have had the pleasure to offer at auction in years, the “pièce de resistance” being the 5c Inverted Seaway mint NH strip of ten!
Our client base continues to become increasingly international, a trend we have seen over the last decade. We believe this is a testament not only to our extensive advertising but also to the outstanding material we have been fortunate to offer.
Should you have suitable material for sale, we would be delighted to hear from you. We would be pleased to feature it in one of our future sales. Specialized single owner catalogues are our specialty.
On behalf of all of us at Eastern Auctions, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the auction.
The Eastern Auctions Team