Mail Auctions 

Harmer Mail Auctions through Open and Sealed Bids



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July 31st Public Auction in New York City    

     Harmers International, Inc. of  New York will hold their next Public Auction on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, at the Collectors Club in New York City.  The auction will begin at 1pm. 

An eclectic 500-lot worldwide action - Highlights include:

·         The very rare U.S. twentieth century Photographic Essays.

·         U.S. stamps and postal history with 38 lots of the 1847 issue.

·         British & Foreign including:

         The Richard Maisel British America.

        The William Faissler Australia.

        The Artur Lurbs Collection of India and Postal History. 

·          Persia

·            And 41 lots of Harmers' famous Collections and Various.

 Viewing is available at:

 •The Collectors Club in New York City  - July 30th  10am to 6pm 

   The Collectors Club in New York City  - July 31st   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. 

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.








What is a Mail Auction?

       A mail auction is an auction where all items are presented in a catalog and bids are sent in by mail. The bids are accepted up until a stated cut-off time. All bids are opened at a designated time with the highest bidder above the estimate, winning the item.

     Open Bid Auctions permit the bids to be opened as they arrive and share the high bids with other bidders.

     Sealed Bids are opened at a prescribed time and the highest qualified bidder wins. Bidders in this type of auction must provide their highest bid.


       The timing in a mail auction does not allow last minute bidding and the lack of a “live” element often excludes bidder participation. The bidding lacks transparency with both the buyer and seller must trust the auctioneer. A mail auction is not considered a Public Auction.

Harmers will only use Mail Auctions for Sealed Bids

      We will only use mail auctions when the seller is compelled by law or court order to sell the material in that fashion.

      We prefer a Public auction and believe live bidding offers the most opportunities for bidders.

      When sealed bidding is required, Harmers recommends that the agency accepts sealed bidding in conjunction with a live public auction.

      Harmer’s staff includes a certified government project manager with over 14 years experience in government accounting, processes and bidding requirements. Harmers International is CMR listed and offers special government rates for services.

Please see information for Governments and Institutions for more information.