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Heinrich Köhler
Heinrich Köhler
Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Wilhelmstr. 48
65183 Wiesbaden

Tel: +49 (0) 611 39381
Fax:+49 (0) 611 39384
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Germany's Oldest Stamp Auction House, founded in 1913.
Partner in the Global Philatelic Network.

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General Conditions for Auction



1. The auction is held exclusively on behalf of and for the account of third

The auctioneer is authorized to pursue in his own name all rights and claims arising from the vendor's instructions or the knocking down of lots.

2. Lots are knocked down to the highest bidder. The auctioneer has the right in justified cases to refuse to knock down a lot, and to withdraw, combine and divide lots. Equal bids are determined by drawing lots. A bidder is bound by his bid if it is followed by a higher bid which is invalid or which is immediately refused by the auctioneer. In case that a higher bid, which was placed in time, erroneously was overlooked or in any other cases of doubt, the auctioneer may cancel the knocking down and reoffer the lot. The auctioneer may knock down a lot subject to the seller’s subsequent approval. The bidder is then bound by his bid for a period of four weeks from the date of making the bid. In case of a lot being knocked down subject to approval it can, however, be sold to another limit bidder without further inquiry.

On the fall of the hammer a contract is established between the seller and the buyer. The auctioneer is legally bound, if so requested, to divulge the seller’s name to the buyer and the buyer’s name to the seller.

3. Written orders to bid will be executed conscientiously and safeguarding the client’s interests, but without recourse. The maximum prices as offered will be exhausted only to the extent as necessary to overbid other offers. In case of a bid „at best“ the auctioneer may bid up to three times the start price, in case of bids „at any price“ or „buy“ up to ten times. The minimum bid for lots without estimate or for lots marked with „Gebot“ is EUR 10,-.

4. The auctioneer receives a commission from the buyer of 20 % of the hammer price plus EUR 1,50 for each purchased lot. The buyer will be charged with the cost of postage, packing, insurance and the cost of import if necessary.

Value added tax on the auctioneer’s commission and expenses together with value added tax on the hammer price if applicable will be invoiced separately.

(N.B. Value added tax on the auctioneer’s commission and expenses is payable by all buyers regardless of their country of residence and regardless of where the lots are handed over or delivered.)

5. Bidders are obliged to take over lots knocked down to them. Invoices to room bidders are payable immediately, all other invoices are payable upon receipt. Due to a heavy workload in our accounts department, invoices issued during or immediately after the auction are subject to review and possible amendments; Errors reserved.

Persons bidding for third parties should make this known to the auctioneer before the auction; otherwise they may be deemed to be the buyer.

Lots remain the property of the seller until payment has been made in full which includes clearance of any cheques and payment of any bills of exchange.

The buyer has no right to request delivery of any lots until payment has been made in full.

6. If payment is delayed interest will be charged at 1 % per month or part month. This interest rate may be adjusted if the auctioneer can prove that a higher rate or the buyer can prove that a lower rate is justified; the interest rate is at least 5 % higher than the basis interest rate per year.

If the buyer fails to pay promptly or does not take up the lots, the auctioneer is entitled to demand flat-rate damages of 25 % of the hammer price in compensation for forgone commission and for expenses incurred unless the buyer can prove that there is no damage or that the amount claimed is excessive. The auctioneer reserves the right to claim higher damages subsequently.

7. Shipping of lots is at the buyer’s cost.

The risk passes on to the buyer as soon as the lots are handed over to the Post Office.

8. All lots may be viewed and checked before the auction. Descriptions in the catalogue do not mean guarantees for quality and authenticity. The auctioneer is not liable for any defects of the items. He commits himself, however, to transmit without delay complaints about defects to the consignor. In case of reversed transaction the auctioneer will reimburse his commission to the buyer; any further claims to him are excluded.

Claims relating to obvious defects must be received by the auctioneer within ten days of handing over or delivery. The auctioneer is entitled to require the buyer to obtain at his expense reports from two independent experts that substantiate the claims. No claims of any sort, in particular relating to quality and quantity may be made in respect of collections, accumulations and other large lots. Unless stated otherwise, quoted catalogue values are not binding.

Lots already stated to contain faults cannot be returned by reason of further small faults. Defects which can be seen from illustrations (margins, perforations, cancellations, centering etc.) cannot be subject of complaints.

No complaint will be considered if lots or stamps have been altered. Alterations include removal of hinges, hinge remainders or paper adhesions, immersion in water, treating with chemicals and the addition (or removal) of marks of any sort.

If a lot is purchased subject to an expert opinion, the cost of which will be borne by the buyer, this expertising will be arranged by the auctioneer unless otherwise determined by the buyer.

With bidding for stamps which have already been expertised or for stamps with certificates the bidder accepts the expert marks and certificates which are available for his guidance and inspection as decisive unless the bid is made subject to certification by any expert nominated by the bidder and approved by the auctioneer before the auction.

Stamps which are clearly established as forgeries may be marked as such by experts.

The auctioneer is entitled to request the buyer to refer all complaints directly to the seller.

9. These auction terms also apply to subsequent sales after auction; the special provisions for distance sales do not apply.

10. Place of fulfillment for either party shall be Wiesbaden; any disputes arising shall be referred to the court having jurisdiction in Wiesbaden under German law.

11. No oral variations to these conditions are valid; all alterations or additions must be in writing.

12. Should one of the above conditions be unworkable in whole or in part, the validity of the other conditions will remain unaffected.



Heinrich Köhler Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG




(This translation of the „Allgemeine Versteigerungsbedingungen“ is provided for information only; the German text is to be taken as authoritative).

We accept the following pay options:

Nachnahme, Euro-Schecks, US-$ Schecks, Überweisung

Auction Results at Philasearch:
3rd-7th June 2003
90 years Heinrich Koehler. Jubilee auction in Wiesbaden
24-27 Sept. 2003
90 years Heinrich Koehler. Jubilee auction in Wiesbaden
27.-31. Jan. 2004
Large January Auction Sale including special Catalogues/selections for
  • Oldenburg and Hamburg
  • German Shield issues and NDP
  • OPD issues SBZ
  • Olympic Games 1936
  • German and international rarities
May 26-29, 2004
Large May Auction Sale including special section Olympic Games as well as a strong selection of German and international rarities.
Sept. 21-25, 2004
Large September Auction Sale including special section:
  • Guuml;nther Heyd Collection: Mail during the German-French war 1870-71
  • The Dietrich Oldenburg Collection "The history of the UPU"
  • Gabor Kekkö - Over ther Seven seas"
Januar 25-29, 2005
January Auction including special Sale og German and international Rarities. Special part old Germnan State Hanover "the Rolf Heitling collection".
May 31- June 4, 2005
May Auction including special part Olympic Games.
Sept 28 -Oct 1, 2005
International auction sale including a large selection of rarities and specialities. Also a special section Zeppelinmail.
January 25-28, 2006
The Auction Sale offers many highlight including scarce booklets and combinations from Bavaria, USA, exhibition collection from upper silesia, strong sections German territorries, transatlantic mail from and to Northamerica, many scarce European issues as well as a good selection of lots and collections with items estimated up to 60.000 Euro.
May17-20, 2006
International auction sale including a large selection of rarities and specialities. Strong sections Hamburg including destinations and transit marks, Hannover, breaking up of a specialized Egypt collection and Scadta airmail and much more.
Sept. 27-30, 2006
International auction sale including a large selection of rarities and specialities. Highlight of the auction is the sale of the collection of Simon Wiesenthal on September 27.
Jan 31 - Feb 3, 2007
International auction sale including a large selection of rarities and specialities. Strong section semifficial airmail stamps and pionier airmail.
18./23.-26 May 2007
International auction sale including a large selection of rarities and specialities. Higlights are the "Kurfuersten collection" of Berlin postal history and the "Dr. Horst Walter collection" of DDR.
25.-29. Sep 2007
nternational auction sale including a large selection of rarities and specialities. Higlights are the "large and multiple frankings" collection of Gabor Freiherr von Kekkö.
March 10-15, 2008
International auction sale including a large selection of rarities and specialities. Special catalogues Old German States (The ALGOVIUS collection), Spain & Latin America as well as a large offer collections etc.
May 21, 2008
Zeppelin-mail. The Gerhard Wolff collection. Unique offer of over 5000 covers which will be sold in over 400 single lots as well as in 53 collections.
Sept. 23-27, 2008
Internationale Auktion mit circa 8500 Lose. Dabei Sonderkataloge ALGOVIUS Deutsches Reich 1872-1945 und ASTRUL - Raritäten der Altdeutschen Staaten.
March 24-28, 2009
large international auction sale including the first part of the famous Fritz Kirchner collection.
Sept 15-19, 200
large international auction sale including the second part of the famous Fritz Kirchner collection, special catalogues British Northamerica, postal history of Mainz and Germany high inflation period 1923.
March 23-27, 2010
large international auction sale including the third part of the famous Fritz Kirchner collection, special catalogue the Willi Brühne collection Germany past 1945 as well as a comprehensive offer of worldwide material.
September 18th to 25th 2010
Einen Schwerpunkt bilden die Deutschen Besetzungsausgaben im II. Weltkrieg. Zusätzlich zur Dr. med. Eino Kooba Sammlung haben wir ein außergewöhnlich umfangreiches Angebot zusammengetragen, dabei viele rare und selten angebotene Ausgaben von … . Gewohnt stark wird auch unser Altdeutschland-Angebot sein, neben der Sammlung Lethaus „Thurn & Taxis“ haben wir diverse schöne Sammlungen detailliert. Im modernen Bereich lösen wir eine Spezialsammlung SBZ mit vielen guten Ausgaben auf. Zum 160. Geburtstag der Briefmarke wurde uns ein schöner Bestand an „One Penny Blacks“ übergeben, den wir in über 100 Losen offerieren. Für Einsteiger wie Spezialisten finden Sich hier interessante Stücke. Unser Übersee-Teil bietet Ihnen von guten Mauritius-Briefen über ein schönes Angebot Portugiesisch-Indien bis hin zur seltenen Waiheiwai-Lokalpostmarke auf Brief die ganze Vielfalt der Philatelie.
March 22-26, 2011
Higlights of the auction:
  • Berlin Postal History 1948 to 1955’ Collection Peter Koegel Part II and Germany Post 1945
  • "Germany and worldwide"
  • Collection of Germany unused of Dr. Raimund Rueger
  • Collection "Postal History of Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg 1848 to 1867"
  • Collection of Prussian Field Post
  • Entire collections, conglomerates, stocks etc.
  • "Kingdom of Saxony" :The Horst and Arnim Knapp Collection, Part II
  • "Foreign Destination Mail from the Southern German States 1850 - 1875": The Dr. Karl Zangerle Collection
September 21-24, 2011
Some highlights of our sale are:
  • German States: A phantastic range from Baden to Wuerttemberg, with special part "Plate errors of "Bavaria No. 1"
  • Baden Pre-Philately: First Part of the Large Gold collection "Thurn & Taxis in Baden" of Han Vermeulen
  • Saxony: Third and finalportion of the already legendary collection of Horst & Arnim Knapp - see special catalogue
  • German Colonies: Special offer "Kaiseryacht" with many rarities, therein "The Queen of East-Africa"
  • POW Tsingtau: Interesting collection POW with many interesting letters
  • Saar: Specialised offer, espacially "Neusaar" with great rarities
  • German Occupation of WW II: Extensive offer with innumerable specialities and rare items
  • Germany after 1945: "Unissued", with set GDR Olympic Games 1984 in blocks of 4 as well as West Germany Mi.-nos. X-XII
  • Austria: High value offer, especially Lombardy-Venetia with interesting and appealing covers
  • Czechoslovakia: Splitting up of a special collection of the period 1918 to 1933 with many rare and unique items
  • Madeira: Collection "The Atlantic Pearl", the most imnportant offer of the collecting field for decades
  • Romania: extensive offer from the famous Bulls Heads to modern items
  • Russia: Large offer starting from No. 1 with many covers, Semstwo and affiliated areas
  • Trains: Splitting up of the internationally awarded Large Gold collection "The World on Rails"
Our "Last minute offer" deserves special interest. German States collections, assembled over decades, peppered with an aboundance of high value items - and left originally on our collection offer.
March 21-24, 2012
international auction offer including many rarities as well as special offers:
German Occupations WW-II Estonia, the Astrul collection of Brunswick,
the Rainer Bender collection "German Occupations WW-II" and the Friedrich
Spalink collection of early german horseshoe cancellations.
September 26-29, 2012
International auction offer including many rarities as well as special offer:
the Astrul collection of Brunswick, Part II
March 19th - 23rd 2013
A wide range of international philately and postal hostry in the 100th anniversary year of Heinrich Köhler.

German States
is featured with the outstanding collection "German franked letters abroad until 1875" of Silvain Wyler. Fantastic cancellations and destinations are on offer. The proceeds from the sale of the collection will be donated to a fund in favour of the Swiss children's charity KIRIAT YEARIM. Also worthy of note is part one of the unique postal history collection "Fortresses of the German Confederation 1814-1867." 

German Empire is represented by various special offers: German Reich Shield issues; a special collection: "The golden years of the Goldmark" displaying unmounted mint rarities. German Colonies and Occupation issues in World War II, in particular Lithuania and Estonia. The outstanding representative of modern issues is the GDR special collection "Kreuzhain".

There are also exclusive offers from Europe and overseas split into single lots. Outstanding is the Drs. Avo Kaplanian collection "Palestine Mandate mails" and what is likely the most significant special collection of the EUROPA CEPT and collatorals.

Those who love the beauty and exclusiveness of classic stamps from all over the world with perfect cancellations is well-served by the outstanding collection "My prettiest dolls", of Dr. Heinz Jaeger.
October 8th - 12th, 2013
The main catalog Germany / All the world and also 5 special catalogs!

     "Bavaria - Der Schwarze Einser", The Gerschau - Collection
     "Bavaria - square issues in Postal usage ," The Walter Hußnätter collection
     "Prussia number and location stamp," The Collection "Lower Rhine"
     "Außenseiter-Spitzenreiter" (Part I) from the collection of Dr. Heinz Jaeger
     German stamped letters abroad until 1875 - The Collection Sylvain Wyler (Part II)
     International Airmail'''' - The J.J. Hollekamp Collection

The main catalog contains many good and high-quality pieces of German and international philately, for example from the German Reich a 5-gutter block Germania unperforated, which was presented at the 100 top rarities of the exhibition in Monte Carlo, or from Mauritius a couple of 2 pence Sherwin stamps with 'TOO LATE'  offered for the first time in over 60 years!
March 25th - 29th, 2014
Germany and worldwide with single lots, collections, the collection „Waldersee“, the collection „Niederrhein“ Teil II, The Mauritania UPU - Specimen Archive, The Charles World Stamp Collection
September 24th - 27th, 2014
international auction offer including the following highlights:

The unique collection of Klaus Rühl - “Germany - Samples without value from 1755”
The John Simon Collection „German States” - undisturbed for 30 years!
The collections of Harry von Hofmann - “Russia – Registered Mail to 1918”
and “Russian Postal History” with “Russian Post Offices in China”
Special collection of “Deutsches Reich” inflation
Togo under British and French occupation during the First World War
International air routes, with emphasis on SCADTA
Classical ship mail, especially the Baltic area
Field Post in the First and Second World Wars with emphasis on ship mail
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