The Philatelic Collection Formed By Sir Gawaine Baillie, BT: Volume 7, British North America

Sotheby's, 2006, May. Softbound. Color illustrated wraps. 434 pp., profusely illustrated in color. As New, lloc. Item #103248

a sale of more than 1,400 stamps from British North America that come from the most important collection to appear on the market in more than 50 years. Assembled by Sir Gawaine Baillie, 7th Bt (1934-2003), the collection was almost entirely unknown to international collectors and boasts highlights that have not been seen on the market for several decades. The upcoming sale will be the seventh in a series of ten auctions which has, thus far, totalled more than $17 million, nearly reaching the estimate for the entire collection - $20 million. The sale will feature stamps dating from 1851 to 2000, many of which are the finest known examples of their kind. Among the highlights is a rare, unused example of Canada’s most famous stamp – an 1851 Laid Paper 12 pence black - which is in nearly flawless condition and estimated to sell for $100/120,000. Stamp errors have always created many of the most collectible and desirable objects in the field. One of the most famous errors of all time was the 1959 Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway 5 cents with the ‘Centre Inverted’ and Sotheby’s May auction will feature an extremely rare block of four which is estimated to sell for $40/50,000. It is thought that two sheets of this commemorative stamp were printed with the centre inverted. Very few multiples exist as most of the known examples were separated into single stamps for sale to collectors. Rare stamps from British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland will also be offered.

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