Private Treaty

and the Harmers Private Treaty – Auction Plan



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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.








What are Private Treaty Sales?

       Private treaty sales are direct sales that occur through conferences between buyers and sellers.

What is the difference between a Private Treaty Sale and an Auction?

     Private Treaty sales focus the sale effort on Harmer customers know to have an affinity for particular material. The price of the material in a Private Treaty Sales is established by the seller. In an auction, market conditions establish the price. Private Treaty sales can, on most occasions, provide a settlement check quicker than when the material is sold through auction.

      At Harmers, we are ever alert to the special needs of its clients, and we maintain a superior service, when warranted, for the direct sales of stamps. Harmers is in constant contact with collectors and dealers throughout the world, many of whom have standing offers for a wide variety of material they desire.

     Buyers are readily available for important single rarities and general specialized collections. The price asked is determined by a Harmer appraisal and the vendor’s approval of that figure.

 Private Treaty Details and Advantages

        - Private Treaty Sales can often be finalized in a few weeks.

        - Settlement – Check is sent immediately after payment is received from the buyer.

        - Private Treaty Commission ����� 5% to the Seller.  In addition, a commission will be payable by the buyer.

When is Private Treaty Appropriate?

         The forum in which one selects to offer material is 70% experience and 30% luck. Harmers considers many factors, including not only the material itself, but both the personal needs of the Seller and market conditions as well.
     Auctioning material at an inappropriate time may make the material difficult to re-offer. To maximize the returns for our customer, we offer a Private Treaty to Auction plan.

Private Treaty to Auction Plan

      Harmers offers a plan where a collection, when suitable, is offered first by Private Treaty for a specified period of time. If unsold, it is then transferred to the Auction Department for sale on a date previously reserved, preventing any delay.