ABOUT Auctions

Why Buy in a Live Auction

Harmers International, Inc. provides buyers with the opportunity to purchase philatelic material in a professional, public auction. Many purchasers favour live Harmer auctions because:

  • A buyer is able to set your own price and the market will establish the value.
  • A buyer can bid to his or her own comfort level.
  • The buying process is quick and free from haggling.
  • They present an opportunity for the buyers to get good deals.
  • The buyer is purchasing from professional philatelists who stand behind their description of the items.
  • Buyers have honest transactions with organized and straightforward rules backed by the Harmers integrity and the security of dealing with a licensed and bonded auctioneer.
  • Harmer auctions are conducted in the “old fashion” auction-style and are fun and often entertaining.

Points to consider when attending your first Harmer’s auction.

The date, time and location of the auction is listed in the sale catalogue and posted on our website.
Sales catalogues are generally mailed to our customers three-four weeks prior to the auction to allow potential bidders to inspect the items prior to bidding.
* Please refer to our viewing section for more information regarding the methods of available viewing.

* Those interested in receiving hard copies of our catalogues can call or complete an individual catalogue request form.

* To obtain hard copies of all catalogues, please complete a catalogue subscription request.

All Bidders MUST pre-register and agree to our conditions of sale, printed in the sales catalogue, in order to execute a bid.
To register as a bidder, please complete a bidder’s application. Bidders who are new to Harmers should allow at least five business days for approval to avoid unnecessary delays.

Show-up early, the lots move quickly. Make certain you allow enough time to avoid disappointment.
Harmers International, Inc. does not use auction paddles and each of our bidders have their own, often unique, signal to the auctioneer.
Make certain that the auctioneer sees and acknowledges your bid; if you have a doubt, SPEAK UP, this is not a silent auction.

Listen closely to the auctioneer because the bidding increments and opening amounts may change based upon any given lot. The bidding increments are at the discretion of the auctioneer.

If you are having trouble understanding the auction speak up and ask for clarification before you bid.

The process can be fast, so pay attention and make certain the auctioneer knows you are bidding, particularly if you plan to jump in at the last minute.

If you know that you would like to have the expertised at the time of your bid, please indicate such at the time your bid is knocked down.
Make certain you understand the conditions of sale.
Have Fun!