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May 12th Public Auction in New York City    

     Harmers International, Inc. of  New York will hold their next Public Auction on Friday May 12th, 2017, at the Collectors Club in New York City.  The auction will begin at 1pm. 

This wonderful sale includes:

·         The “Ridgefield” Collection of probably the greatest selection of United States 20th Century Photographic Essays – most never seen before.  The finest offering of small die proofs that most likely have never been on the open market including Washington Bicentennials, Famous Americans, Commemoratives and Back of the Book with Zeppelins, 50c Century of Progress other Airs and Special Deliveries.

·         The “Denver” Collection of U.S. Postal History.

·         The Charles Gilmore Collection of Hong Kong.

·         The Artur Lurbs Collection of India and Postal History.

·         The “Montreal” Collection of 17th to 19th Century French letters and documents.

·         The remainder of the Sciaky Collections of Ethiopia & Romania stamps, postal history and forgeries.


PLUS  A selection of British North America stamps, postal history with:

·         The rarest stamp of Nova Scotia.

·         Cape of Good Hope with multiples.

·         A selection of World Wide Forgeries – strong in U.S.

·         1917 Kangaroo 2 ½ p deep indigo “1” missing error.

·         Back from 1946 – Six lots from the original F.D.Roosevelt Sale

·         And Harmers famous Collections and Various.

 Viewing is available at:

 •The Collectors Club in New York City  - May 11th   10am to 6pm 

   The Collectors Club in New York City  - May 12th   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 at the NY ASDA show:

 He will be visiting the show - call 914.962.6900 to meet with him.


July 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

The May 2017 Sale contains six lots from the 1946 sale of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 's stamp collection. A rare opportunity.

   Generations of collectors put their trust in the Harmer Family. 

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.








       Large multifaceted or extremely focused large value collections presents an interesting dilemma for both the sellers and the auction firm.

From a Collector’s View

       As tempting as the lure of selling a major collection in one auction may be, this strategy may prove costly; eating into expected profits. Selling a collection in a single auction may bring unforeseen tax consequences for the collector or their estate. Working with the collector’s legal or tax advisor, certain tax advantages may be garnered to staggering the sale of the collection over a period of years.

      Market conditions may provide financial advantages to staggering the sale of a collection over a long period of time. This can occur when the collection being sold has the best, the second best and the third best philatelic collections. Releasing all the material into the market at a single point of time may overwhelm the market, lowering the realization for all of the items. Staggering the sales over several years allows collector interest to develop.

From a Professional’s View

      Professional firms are motivated by profits and operate based upon the “bird in the hand” principle, where they seek to sell as much of a collection in the shortest period of time needed to achieve the maximum sales commission for the firm. Most firms have high overheads and look at all but a select few clients as short term propositions with whom they expect to have no contact after the final payment is made.

     This approach works for the majority of clients and their collections. These firms will seek to rekindle relationships with clients when their collections are ripe for sale.

The Harmer View

      We work for the client and will offer our honest and candid advice based upon the particulars of the situation. Our clients are our primary responsibility. Harmers offers you generations of experience in a variety of situations. Tax laws are constantly changing.

We look forward to working with you, your legal or financial counsel to help develop a strategy with your team.