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July 23rd Public Auction in New York City    

     Harmers International, Inc. of  New York will hold their next Public Auction on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019, at the Collectors Club in New York City.  The auction will begin at 1pm. 

An eclectic auction of over 450 lots - Highlights include:

·          57 lots of Harmer's famous "Collections & Various"

·         The Albert Chambers British Commonwealth primarily Africa.

·         The A. Lerbs India and Heligoland

 ·          The Thorn Carven "Old Time" U.S. Collection

·            The "James Taylor" U.S. Plate Blocks


 Viewing is available at:

 •The Collectors Club in New York City  - July 22nd  10am to 6pm 

   The Collectors Club in New York City  - July 23rd  10am to end of auction  

 • By Appointment (call 914.962.6900)


  You are welcome to personally attend the auction, held at the Historic Collectors Club, 22 East 35th Street in New York City 10016 or bid on-line through Stamp Auction Network.

                        The Auction begins at 1pm EST









Current News

Harmers on the Move

     Keith Harmer will be attending various New England Stamp Shows

 - call 914.962.6900 to meet with him.


August West Coast Florida - By Appointment

Brandon Harmer is in Chicago call 212.532.3700 or 312.809.8098

We are always willing to make arrangements to view your collection at your home or work location



We have several other trips penciled in, so feel free to call – we would love to see you.




Recent Events

Consignments are arriving for our Next Auction - call now

                    Mr. Keith Harmer has begun accepting consignments for his next Auction.  Early consignments are particularly encouraged for large or complex collections.  Please contact our offices at 212.532.3700  for more information or to schedule an appointment.   If you are in Europe - contact our London Office at (01144) 020 79893700 we will be happy to assist.  Please note that meetings at our London Office are by appointment only.

Harmer Family News

  Generations of collectors put their trust in the Harmer Family. 

Brandon Harmer is now an admitted attorney in New York State.

Mauritius Rediscovered by Robert Beech, the Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collections describes the key role the Harmer family played in the famous Post Office Mauritius issue.









      We find nothing more depressing than concluding a successful sale for a client only to have a client ask us to send half of the returns to Uncle Sam because of an unexpected capital gains liability.  While no firm can make guarantees, especially when the government is involved, we can help in situations where a collector’s purchases were not sufficiently documented. 


    These “Estimated cost” appraisals can be supplied to Harmers International clients with a Capital Gains Tax liability. These appraisals are in the form of a letter advising the estimated cost based on such information as the client can supply.


     Our vast knowledge of philatelic realizations can fairly accurately estimate the purchase price of a items in variety areas. The purchase price of a single item that may have been purchased at auction is simple, but how would one place a cost value of a single item that was purchased as part of a larger collection?  How would one estimate the loss on items that were purchased as “authentic” but after twenty years are found to be forgeries?  These are areas where our knowledge is invaluable.  

        Please contact us if we can be of service.


     The cost for an “Estimated Cost” Appraisal is $250 plus 1% of the net realization.