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Württembergisches Auktionshaus
Württembergisches Auktionshaus
Joachim Erhardt GmbH
Relenbergstr. 78
70174 Stuttgart
Tel.: 0711-228 505
Fax: 0711-228 50 80
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  1. 1. This auction is held publicly and voluntarily in the name of and on behalf of the consignor. All lots are generally sold via the margin system against immediate cash payment in Euro with the exception of specifically marked lots. Cheques are accepted. However, from customers unknown to us, only confirmed bank cheques will be considered acceptable. Foreign currencies and cheques will be accepted on the basis of the current exchange rate of the Federal Bank (Bundesbank).
  2. 2. Lots are knocked down to the highest bidder. The auctioneer reserves the right to refuse to knock down a lot, or to withdraw, recombine or divide lots. The bidding increments are printed in the catalogue. Lots will be sold to the highest bidder upon three calls. Equal bids are determined by drawing lots. In cases of doubt the auctioneer has the right to cancel the knocking down of a lot and to re-offer it.
  3. 3. On top of the hammer price the buyer pays a commission of 20% of the hammer price plus 2 Euro for each lot purchased. 19% V.A.T. will only be charged on the commission and lot fee.  Lots marked with "o" behind the lot number have a reduced commission of 15%, on these lots 19% V.A.T. is payable on the hammer price, commission and lot fee. The VAT is not due in case of export sales to non-EC countries, as long as the goods are sent directly by us and proof of export has been received.  Export to European Community countries may be exempt from V.A.T. (Dealer with relevant Tax ID Number). Costs for shipping and insurance will be charged separately and are free of VAT. A subsequent change of billing is not possible. Invoices created during or immediately after the auction are subject to retrospective review. Errors and omissions excepted.
  4. 4. Bidders are liable to take over the lots knocked down to them. Once a lot is knocked down, the risk passes on to the buyer immediately, while ownership is passed on to the buyer only after full payment of the hammer price, the buyer’s premium, the lot fee, and VAT, as well as default charges that may be due. The buyer is entitled to the delivery of the auctioned lots only after full payment has been effected. Delivery of the lots purchased will be effected by the auctioneer at the buyer’s cost and risk. Storage of purchased lots on the auction premises from the time of knockdown is made at the buyer’s risk. Storage more than 4 weeks after knockdown will be charged to the buyerl.
  5. 5. Invoices to floor bidders are payable immediately. All other invoices are payable upon receipt. If payment is not received within 10 days after the auction or after receipt of the invoice, a late fee of 3% will be charged plus interest rates to the amount of 1% for each month or portion of a month. If the buyer fails to pay promptly or refuses to take the lots, the auctioneer is entitled to sell privately lots that were knocked down to that buyer without further formalities or prior notice in his own name and for his own account, or to put them up for auction again. The default - ing buyer will be held responsible for any deficit in such subsequent sale but has no claim on a possible profit. Also, he is not admitted to any further bids. Persons bidding for third parties are personally liable.
  6. 6. The auctioneer is authorized, if necessary, to exercise in his own name all rights resulting from the consignor’s orders and hammer prices.
  7. 7. Written orders to bid will be executed conscientiously and safeguarding the client’s interests, but without recourse. In case of a bid “at best” the auctioneer may bid up to five times the start price. Lots marked “Gebot” will be called by the highest bid. In the case of bidding by phone, the auctioneer cannot be held responsible for the establishment of an effective connection. Phone bidders are obliged to bid at least the limitprice.
  8. 8. The description of the lots is done conscientiously and with utmost care, but does not represent any particular guarantee in a legal sense. Claims of any kind must be received by the auctioneer within ten days of the handing over or delivery of the lots. The buyer must inform the auctioneer of his intention to have lots expertized before the sale of the respective lots. However, paragraph 5 of these conditions of public sale remains unaffected. Faults or defects that can be inferred from the illustrations (margins, perforation, centering, cancellation, etc.) can by no means be the subject of complaints. Illustrations scale and color can vary. Collections, accumulations, and lots are reviewed and spot-checked by us. They are sold “as inspec - ted.” No claims of any sort may be made with regard to such objects. These lots can be viewed on our premises It is recommended to view them or to have them inspected by third parties. No complaint will be considered if the respective lot has been altered. Alterations, in particular, include removal of hinges, hinge remainders or paper adhesions, immersion in water, treatment with chemicals, and the addition (or removal) of marks of any sort. Only the FALSE sign added by an expert liable for errors is not considered an alteration. Lots already stated to contain faults cannot be returned by reason of further small faults. In case of a justified complaint the buyer will be refunded the complete purchase price upon return of the respective lot. Any further claims to the auctioneer are excluded. The auctioneer is entitled to refer all complaints to the consignor. For the requirement delivery not the figure is determining excluding the text.
  9. 9. The deadline for complaints will be considered exceeded if lots are not taken in due time. Bidding for stamps which have already been expertized or for stamps with certificates of recognized experts implies the acceptance of ex - isting expert marks or certificates as decisive. If a bid is made subject to certification by different experts, this must be indicated to the auctioneer 24 hours in advance. As a matter of principle, floor bidders purchase lots “as inspected.” They may only complain about hidden defects. This also applies to purchases made by third parties (bidders’ representatives or auction agents).
  10. 10. The bidder has to obtain at his expense an expertise from a recognized expert competent for the respective field to substantiate possible claims. In case of a justified complaint, the consignor will be charged possible fees for expertization. The expertises and marks described in the catalogue are considered decisive also with regard to quality. Any other kind of claim against the auctioneer or the vendors are barred by the statute of limitations after 12 months from the first day of the calendar month following the month the auction was held.
  11. 11. Except for collections and accumulations as well as lots that contain mint never-hinged stamps, any lot may be requested for home viewing before the auction. Shipping is effected at the viewer’s risk, and costs and insurance fees will be charged to him. However, customers unknown to us will have to provide excellent references or make a deposit. If the material is not returned on time for the auction, the recipient will have to pay the full hammer price.
  12. 12. The auctioneer reserves the right to exclude persons from the auction without giving any reason. Trading or ex - chang ing stamps on the auction premises is prohibited.
  13. 13. Claims for damages against the auctioneer for delay, nonperformance, positive infringement of contract, fault in breach of contract or illicit deeds are not permissible, unless the damage was caused deliberately or through gross negligence.
  14. 14. Place of execution as well as place of jurisdiction for all parties involved is Stuttgart.
  15. 15. With placing a bid or a purchase order, the buyer acknowl - edges that he knows and fully accepts these conditions of public sale. These auction terms also apply to all subsequent (private treaty) sales of auction lots outside the auction.
  16. 16. Should one or several of the above conditions be or become invalid, the validity of the other conditions will remain unaffected. An invalid condition shall be replaced by a valid one that comes closest to the economical content and the purpose of the invalid condition.
  17. 17. Only German Law is valid. The UN Treaty for contacts concerning international goods sales (CISG) is not applicable.

This translation of the "Versteigerungsbedingungen" is provided for information only. The German version is to be taken as authoritative.

Württembergisches Auktionshaus

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Auction Results at Philasearch:
September 3rd and 4th 2010
International rarity auction sale with large offer German Colonies.
December 8, 2010
Sale of the "Schoenbrunn Collection" with more than 2400 lots. Austria, Lombardia-Venetia and Austrian Levant. The collection includes scarce frankings, cancellations and specialities.
April 15-16, 2011
Our 112th auction is the most comprehensive auction sale in our history. Not only the quantity, but also the quality of the material is extraordinary. From the Euopean countries we have strong sections Great Britain, Austria and Switzerland. The Germany section includes nearly all collecting areas. Additional we have specialized Auctions Prussia, North German Federation, German Empire Shield issues, German Colonies and offices abroad. Also well worth to mention around 1000 lots and  collections.
September 2-3, 2011
More then 10.000 lots from around the world with emphasis on Great Britain, Austria. Very well presented Old German States, German Empire, German Colonies and Offices Abroad as well as the after war period.
Also more then 1000 Collections and estates will be offered.
December 7, 2011
The Auction with more than 4.900 world wide lots, includes many "offer" lots which are starting with Euro 1,00.

April 20-21, 2012
One of the best offers in company history with the offering of  five large special collections: Old German States - Collection Stenmark, Hamburg - Collection Uhlenhorst, German South West Africa - Collection of Peter Wenzel, German Naval Ship Post - Collection of Uwe Kinder and Germany General - Collection of Dr. Helmut Schmidt. In addition, hundreds of smaller consignments come from all over the world, with high-quality collections offers exceptional peak with objects, which are offered intact. 
April 20-21, 2012
One of the best offers in company history with the offering of five large special collections: Old German States - Collection Stenmark, Hamburg - Collection Uhlenhorst, German South West Africa - Collection of Peter Wenzel, German Naval Ship Post - Collection of Uwe Kinder and Germany General - Collection of Dr. Helmut Schmidt. In addition, hundreds of smaller consignments come from all over the world, with high-quality collections offers exceptional peak with objects, which are offered intact.
September 7-8, 2012
The great autumn auction of the Wurttemberg auction house were among others five great collections will be offered for sale. In addition, a unique quality of pristine items will be offered, collections and completely untouched estates. A special catalogue, as usual, the 2,000 lots of German colonies and foreign post offices is dedicated. The focus this time in China / Kiautschou from the collection of a doctor in northern Germany, German-Southwestafrica from the collection of Peter Wenzel and the Pacific regions. Europe with a great offer of Austria comes up for auction. Germany begins with Part 2 of the collection, "Stenmark," including many covers with rare and unusual frankings and usages. In addition, we offer other parts of the collection of Dr. Helmut Schmidt with outstanding rarities across Germany. Over 500 lots of German naval ship mail coming from a unique collection of Uwe Kinder. By breaking up a large library from a Northern Germany collector, hundreds of books and periodicals will be offered.
December 12, 2012
Over 10.000 Lots from all over the World, focusing German Colonies. Many "bid lots".

Many lots are signed as "estimate (place a counter offer)". For these lots the starting price is a rough estimate, based on the current market price. Please feel free to follow the recommendation or to place your own offer.
April 19th - 20th 2013
International selection of 12,000 lots from different areas of philately and postal history.
Included are the following exeptional objetcts were some have not been on the market for decades:
  • •Collection of Dr. Helmut Schmidt with rarities from his great general collection with Germany of all areas.
  • •Asia - comprehensive collection with single lots and large lots.
  • •Gulf States - the Goldmann inventory with numerous single lots and inventory items.
  • •The cabinet of rarities "Alva" with outstanding individual pieces from Europe.
  • •Resolution of the collection "Feldkirchen" - Germany from 1849 to 1945. Bavaria and German Empire alone are the best offers of our company in recent years.
  • •Special collection of German East Africa from Egbert Heinemann.
  • •Collection of German South West Africa by Peter Wenzel.
  • •Collection Uwe Kinder- "German navy ship post".
September 6th - 7th 2013
Our 119th International auction with over 14.000 lots, focusing on Europe, Germany, German Empire, German foreign post offices / Colonies, Field Post Stamps. Including many rarely offered and high quality stamp issues, covers and postal history. The auction concludes with ca. 1500 collections and estates.
December 14th, 2013
Welcome to our international auction on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 which brings a excellent range of small and large rarities from all over the world.

Once again we present a large number of interesting lots from the fantastic collection of Dr. Helmut Schmidt.

In addition we are breaking up the magnificent Germany collection of a Düsseldorf lawyer with many hardly ever offered stamps from the period of 1872-1949, as well as a fine collection of European areas.

German Colonies and Post Offices Abroad are as usual offered in a special catalog. Here are about 1500 lots on offer, with a large number of spectacular rarities. Particular attention should also be paid to the unique collection of German South-West Africa of the great hamburger collector Peter Wenzel.

In the collection section you will find many untouched objects and estates that are waiting to be viewed.

April 29th - 30th, 2014
121st Auction of the Württemberg auction house, Stuttgart.

Welcome to our international auction on April 29th - 30th 2014, which offers a wide selection of small and large rarities from all over the world.

We present a number of interesting single lots from the fantastic collection of Dr. Helmut Schmidt.

The dissolution of the second part of a vault discovery with rarities of Europe and Germany deserves special attention.

German Empire breastplate issues are richly represented with many beautiful individual pieces and rare franking and part 1 of the most significant collection of sheet errors.

German Colonies and Offices Abroad are offered in a special catalog. Here are some 1700 lots on offer, including a series of spectacular major rarities. Another outstanding part of the unique collection of German South-West Africa of the great Hamburg collector Peter Wenzel and a number of rare letters of the German Post in China .

In the collection part you can find many pristine items and estates that are waiting for a thorough inspection.

We look forward to your participation in our auction. Please aks if you want the printed color catalog (Main catalog or special catalog "German colonies").
September 19th to 20th, 2014
7,500 lots including many interesting and excellent items from Germany, Europe and Overseas. We also offer once more numerous items from the legendary collection of Dr. Helmut Schmidt.
September 20th, 2014
The unique specialized German Cameroon colony collection assembled by former BPP examiner Hubertus Eibenstein.
September 20th, 2014
Auction with rarities from the fantastic German South West Africa collection of Peter Wenzel. An incredibly high density of excellent items.
September 20th, 2014
Specialized auction of German colonies and foreign post offices offering 2,300 lots.
November 15th, 2014


divided in 500 first class lots, including about 140 collections and compilations holding more than 3000 covers and postcards as well as numerous pieces of covers. Lots of carefully selected superb quality combined with low starting prices.
November 15th, 2014


Superb specialized collection of German East Africa divided in 136 lots, including numerous mostly untouched collection parts.
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