Brigham Auctions First Sale Announced For February 22, 2014 in Toronto, Canada

Brigham Auctions First Sale Announced For February 22, 2014 in Toronto, Canada

(Brampton, Ontario) – The much awaited beginning of the sale of The Brigham Collection is scheduled for February 22, 2014 with The Large Queen issue of Canada, 1868-1897 being featured. It is the first auction of approximately a dozen other Brigham Collection auctions covering the issues of Canada from 1851 to and including the rarities of the Elizabethan Era. It is estimated that it will take up to four years to dispose of the best collection of Canada ever assembled.

The Large Queens (1868-1897), Canada’s first definitive issue after Confederation replaced the postage stamps of the Provinces of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. They were the first Canadian stamps to be printed in the country. The Large Queens are a complex issues with 10 different papers, at least four different perforations, three watermarks (Bothwell, Pirie and stitch) and a host of varieties including some of the most sought after items in all Canadian philately.

Amongst these rare items are Canada’s rarest stamps: the 2¢ on laid paper; the complete Bothwell watermark block (2¢), the reconstruction of the full Pirie watermark (15¢); the unique 2¢/3¢ composite die proof; the pair of imperforate 5¢ and many more outstanding items. The postal history portion of the exhibit includes covers addressed to Spain, Cuba and Switzerland; Captain’s gratuity fees paid by stamp; soldier’s mail rates; etc.

For Ron Brigham, “The Large Queens are my favourite collection amongst all those that form The Brigham Collection because of the beauty of the design, the crisp colours and the uniformity of the series.”

There is something for everyone in the collection from the collector of single there are many lovely proofs, stamps and covers that will fit in

About The Brigham Collection

According to experts, The Brigham Collection comprises the greatest and most complete collection of Canada ever assembled. It spans over 150 years, with material ranging from the World Philatelic Champion collections of the Pence and Cents issues of 1851-1868, to the sought-after varieties of the Elizabethan era. Housed in more than 150 volumes, The Brigham Collection will be sold over the next few years by Brigham Auctions, Ltd.

The Brigham Collection has been a source of pride for Canada, garnering some 25 Large Gold Medals at international-level exhibitions and several Grand Prix competitions, including the Grand Prix d’Honneur at BELGICA 2001 – the first and only time a Canadian collection has won the World’s Philatelic Championship. This triumph was realized in the minimum required time by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie – a record that has yet to be equaled.

It also has won the Grand Award at the Convention of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada an unprecedented five years in a row with five different segments of the collection. The Brigham Collection won the prestigious American Philatelic Society’s 1998 Champion of Champions competition with the Pence and Cents and the Grand Award in the Open Class with the Large Queens, the first time any exhibitor won both American championships in the same year.

Key items of the renowned collection include the rarest Canadian stamp, the 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper; the only marginal pair of Twelve-Penny Black in private hands; and a block of ten of Canada’s most iconic stamp, the 1959 Inverted Seaway.

For further information on Brigham Auctions, Ltd. and the sale of The Brigham Collection and a free brochure on forthcoming sales, please contact Brigham Auctions, Ltd. by e-mail at, by phone at +1 (905) 451-5072, or by mail at Suite 223, Plaza 2, 350 Rutherford Road S., Brampton, ON, Canada L6W 4N6

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