From 16 to 21 November 2020 Heinrich Koehler, Germany's oldest stamp auction house, invites you to its traditional autumn auction. Due to the coronavirus, this year's auction will take place a little later, but as usual it will offer an extensive and outstanding range of exciting philatelic and postal history material with many highlights from Germany to the whole world. The emphasis is on a number of top-class collections of renowned philatelists, which are documented in elaborately-produced special catalogues, including the fourth part of the "German States" collection of Erivan Haub. In addition, an extensive main catalogue with well over 5,000 individual and mixed lots, as well as attractive special sections, offers a wide range of national and international philatelic material at its finest.
Special catalogues document exceptional collections
The collecting area of the German States has always fascinated philatelists from all over the world, and it offers some of the greatest and most sought-after philatelic rarities. It is not only the past "ERIVAN" auctions that are conclusive proof of the great demand for major and minor rarities in the collecting areas from Bavaria to Württemberg. Many Heinrich Koehler special catalogues and "name sales" of recent years prove this impressively.
The 375th Heinrich Koehler auction is in no way inferior to this, and it offers no less than five special catalogues, which in turn document exceptional collections. The "Bavaria 1849-1920" (Part 1) collection of Werner Knüttel offers a wide range from the legendary "One Kreuzer Black" to the last Bavarian stamp issues. Lovers of Bavarian philately will find everything their heart desires - from unused individual stamps via rare postmarks to attractive covers. The special catalogue "Départements Conquis, Prussia, Saxony, Thurn &Taxis - The Dr. Josef Altmann Collection" offers postal history at its finest and, comprising almost 400 lots, it can rightly be considered unique. The same applies to the "Schleswig: from Danish Duchy to Plebiscite 1920 (Part I)" collection of the internationally renowned philatelist Chris King, which is a unique and valuable documentation of postal and contemporary history that goes far beyond philately. By contrast, the special catalogue "Latvia since 1918 - The Wolfgang Watzke Collection" has a different emphasis and thus reflects the diversity of the material on offer.
Last but not least, of course, the continuation of the sale of the "German States and Shield Issues" material from the ERIVAN collection should be mentioned; this will certainly again cause a sensation. Collectors can once again expect an extraordinary cross-section of German philatelic material with various treasures, from great rarities to "minor" jewels.
Unique special sections and "Whole World" in the main catalogue
The main catalogue captivates the reader with an extraordinary range of attractive offers from Germany to Europe and the whole world. In addition to the high-quality individual and mixed lots, the focus is once again on a number of attractive special items, including a collection entitled "Transatlantic Mail - the Magellan Collection", which is particularly eye-catching with its emphasis on attractive covers to and from Italy (from pre-philately). But also a collection of essays of the North German Confederation ("The Albatross Collection") and "German Postal Agencies in the Netherlands 1839-1874" from the estate of Dr. Albert Louis offer rare treasures. In addition to other specialised collections of postal history "Poland - Generals 1944 (1)" and "Denmark - The Postal Regulations of 1851" (Gavin Fryer), a collection of the works of the forger Jean de Sperati will also be offered for sale. This collection, entitled the "Ultimate Collection", offers an incredible archive of Sperati's works, which are today of the highest value both as a documentation and as collector's items.
All the material being offered in the 375th Heinrich Koehler auction is available with detailed information and many illustrations at www.heinrich-koehler.de in the online catalogue (also as a PDF catalogue). Here prospective customers also find everything on the subject of "online live bidding" as well as all the up-to-date news of the auction.