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Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner
Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner GmbH & Co. KG
Steinbeisstr. 6 + 8
74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen

Fon:07142/789-400 International +49 7142/789-400
Fax:07142/789-410 International +49 7142/789-410
About Us:

Christoph Gärtner made his hobby into his profession. He started in 1984 and within two decades Gärtner GmbH developed into a world leading mail order house for postal stationery and became a specialist for thematics and postal history. In April 2005 the idea to build a place where collectors, customers and investors from all over the world could meet, was realized. Since that time both, the Mail Order House and Auction House Gärtner, have been united on 2.700 m² in the easily accessible building owned by Christoph Gärtner. Generous viewing and storage rooms, a private auction hall, enough parking space and an underground car park are available.

Order and Shipping:

By the submission of bids, the following Auction Conditions of the Auctioneer are recognised and accepted:
  1. The auction is held public in the name of the auctioneer on his behalf for his own invoice against immediate payment in Euro.

2. The lot goes to the highest bidder. The Auctioneer reserves the right to refuse knock down a lot, or to withdraw,  recombine and divide lots. Bidding increments can be seen in the actual auction manual and are from 5 to 10% and according to the present submitted bid and dependant on the situation.

3. The Auctioneer has the authority to knock down lots pending the permission of the seller. The bidder is bound by his bid for a period of 4 weeks beginning on the day of the knockdown. It is allowed to hammer an under reserve lot to another limit bidder.

4. The Auctioneer has the right to exclude persons from the auction without giving any reason. Trading and exchange are not allowed in the Auction rooms.

5. The knockdown is allocated to the highest bidder after the third call. The Auctioneer has the right to refuse a knockdown for founded reasons or to make knockdown under reserve. When a bid is refused, the previous bid is valid. When more than one bidder has submitted the highest bid, the decision will be made by draw. In the case of written bids, the order of receipt of bids is valid. These bids will be treated with confidence and will only be used to top the previous bid. Telephone bidders must offer at least the limit price and a written confirmation must be submitted thereafter. In the event of non-reachability, the minimum bid is valid. Lots, which receive a „counter-bid“, require a minimum bid of 20,- € and will be knocked down to the highest bid.

6. The Auctioneer receives a premium of 22% of the hammer price from the buyer plus 2,- € per lot. For all lots which are marked with • Value Added Tax will be added to the hammer price and to the buyers premium. Lots without marking are sold under the margin system (§25a UStG). For purchases from abroad, which will be exported to a third country (non- EU!), the Value Added Tax will not be invoiced; import taxes on buyer‘s account.

7. The Purchase Order contract between the Auctioneer and the Buyer becomes valid with the knockdown. With this  contract, the buyer is obliged to accept and pay for the goods at the point of sale. In the case of bidding for a third party, both buyer and third party are liable. The moment of knockdown, all risks concerning losses or damage are the responsibility of the buyer. The ownership of the auctioned goods will only be transferred to the buyer when full payment has been effected. Bidders making written bids will in general receive a pre-payment invoice that is due for immediate payment. Only when the invoice has been paid fully, has the buyer the right to demand possession of the auctioned goods. If it is agreed to ship the purchased lots, the purchaser is obliged to inform the auctioneer in writing for reasons of investigation within ten weeks after the end of the auction (in case of prepayment: after the payment of the goods) if the goods to be shipped are not or incompletely received.

8. All invoices that have not been paid at the latest 14 days after the auction and/or receipt of the invoice will be subject to interest of 3%. Furthermore, 1,5% interest per month will be charged, unless the buyer can prove that only minimal or no damage has been caused. Furthermore, the Auctioneer can decide whether after a set period, compensation will be charged, due to non-fulfilment. The damages can be regulated in such a manner that the lots are taken into a future  auction and the debtor is charged the difference between the knockdown bid and the previous bid as well as all the costs connected with this transaction, including the additional costs and charges of the Auctioneer. There is no demand for higher realizations.

9. The objects for auction may be viewed and inspected prior to the auction. These objects will be auctioned in the condition they are in at the time of auction. The catalogue descriptions were made in the best will and conscience and do not guarantee any characteristics. The buyer cannot hold the Auctioneer liable for any faults, on the condition that the Auctioneer has not committed any acts of negligence. Collections, lots etc. are excluded from complaints, otherwise the  Auctioneer is obliged to hold the Vendor liable for any complaints made within the limited period of 4 weeks after the auction and which are covered by one year guarantee. Complaints of individual lots must be presented on the original auction lot cards. The complaint lots must be presented in their original condition. This applies to the removal of hinges, submersion in water as well as chemical treatment. Only the application of sign information by a member of the Bund Philatelistischer Prüfer e.V. (BPP) will not be regarded as tampering. In the event of complaints, the Auctioneer can demand a written expertise of the respective BPP expert. In the event that a buyer intends to get an expertise, then he must inform the Auctioneer of this fact before the Auction. The period for complaint will be prolonged respectively. However, this does not mean exclusion of prompt payment for the lots. Any expertising fees will be charged to the buyer if the result matches the lot description or if he acquires the lot in spite of dissent opinion. Any faults, which are obvious at the time of photography, are excluded from the right of complaint. In the event of claim, the Vendor is obliged to refund the purchase price as well as knock-down commission. Any additional claims are not possible. Descriptions such as „Pracht“,  „Kabinett“, „Luxus“ etc. are a subjective opinion of the Auctioneer and under no circumstance a statement in regard to trading rules and regulations. Lots which bear the description „feinst“ or „fein“ may possibly have small faults. Pieces where the value is defined by cancellation are excluded from complaint of any other defects.

10. Objects dispatched for viewing only include individual lots. These must be returned to the auction company within 24 hours, whereby our choice of dispatch must be utilized. Any dangers and costs are for the account of the requesting party. In the event that these lots are not present in the auction house on the day of auction, then these will be knocked down in favour of the requesting party one step higher than the highest bidding price, however at the least for the call-out price.

11. Place of fulfilment is Bietigheim-Bissingen. Place of jurisdiction for the full trading is Ludwigsburg.

12. Only German Law is valid. The UN Treaty for contacts concerning international goods sales (CISG) is not applicable.

13. The above conditions are valid in the general sense and also apply to the post-sales and free sales. The regulations concerning sales in “Fernabsatz“ are not applicable.

14. Should one of the above conditions become invalid, the validity of the other conditions will remain unchanged.

(This translation of the „Allgemeine Versteigerungsbedingungen“ is provided for information only; the German text is to be taken as authoritative)
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Current auctions at Philasearch:
February 9th - 13th, 2015
International large auction offer including a special catalogue Asia.

Show lots
MONDAY 9th February 2015
Single lots 9:30 ASIA 1 - 2.326
TUESDAY 10th February 2015
Single lots 9:00 THEMATICS 2.500 - 3.519
  10:00 OVERSEAS: A - Z 3.700 - 5.521
  13:00 FLUG-, ZEPPELIN- &
5.530 - 5.999
  14:00 EUROPE: A - O 6.000 - 8.365
  16:00 EUROPE: P - Z 8.366 - 9.892
WEDNESDAY 11th February 2015
Single lots 9:00 GERMAN STATES 10.000 - 11.592
  11:00 DEUTSCHES REICH 11.601 - 13.034
13.100 - 14.284
  15:00 GERMANY after 1945 - DDR 14.300 - 15.293
  17:00 BERLIN -
15.294 - 16.138
THURSDAY 12th February 2015
Collections 9:00 OVERSEAS: A - Z 16.200 - 17.982
  13:15 THEMATICS 18.200 - 18.677
  14:00 EUROPE: A - O 18.678 - 19.669
  16:00 EUROPE: P - Z 19.670 - 20.638
FRIDAY 13th February 2015
Collections 9:00 ESTATES & ADDENDUM 21.000 - 21.339
  11:00 GERMANY before 1945 22.000 - 23.175
  15:00 GERMANY aft er 1945 23.200 - 23.980
23.981 - 24.167
WEDNESDAY 25th February 2015
Auction Results at Philasearch:
June 28-29, 2006

The Auction

The sale features 5.700 lots with a presale estimate approaching 2,5 million euro included 3.200 single lots and 2.500 lots:

  • 1.300 single lots Overseas, especially well represented Hawaii and Japan
  • 560 lots of Europe with many postal history rarities
  • 1.300 single lots of Germany with an extraordinary Berlin offer

Fantastic choice of large lots and collections

  • More than 800 collections of Overseas
  • More than 750 collections of European countries
  • More than 80 estates from min. bid to 30.000,- €
  • More than 500 collections of Germany
  • Collections of a former Arab Minister of Post and communications, Stamps of the whole world from 1970 to 2000 unmounted mint, almost complete. It will be offered by countries including several thousand ministerial presentation books. (Cat. Value more than 1 million Euros).
  • Splitting up a big collection of the whole world from a private Austrian collector (Cat. Value 1,5 million Euros, more than 1 million pounds) hundreds of splendid and interesting large lots and specialised collections as well as the untouched section of the colonies period.
December 6-7, 2006
The sale features over 8.800 lots including the first part of a giant estate of postal stationeries world wide, as well as large sections flight covers, postal history, many lots and collections and much much more.
March 27-29, 2007
The sale features over 7400 single lots as well as 3200 lots ad collections. Highlights includes rarities classic Wuerttemberg as well as large offer covers from Russia.
Sept 11-14, 2007
The sale features over 16000 lots including around 6000 single lots Europe, overseas and thematic philatelie, 4000 single lots Germany, far over 4000 collections, lots and estates as well as a special section "Fournier" including more than 2000 artist stamp designs, proofs etc. mostly unique prints.
February 20-22, 2008
The sale features over 11000 lots with stamp offers from all over the world.
March 27, 2008

Single lots

09.00 am
11.00 am
Special public Auction ASIA14000 - 15651
Mai 28-30, 2008
Large offer of around 11.000 Lots including 4.500 lots and collections. Included is the Changi estate of around 400.000 covers which will be sold in lots.
February 18-21, 2009
Large international offer of around 11.000 Lots including over 4.000 lots and collections. Higlights are specialized Catalogue "India and Indian States" as well as rarities from a speicialized China collection.
May 27-30, 2009
Large international offer of around 13.000 Lots including over 3.000 lots and collections.
September 08-11, 200
Large international offer of over 16.000 Lots including specialized section Stamps and covers from France and french territories
November 17-20, 2009
Large international offer of over 15.000 Lots including specialized section Arctic covers and pre philatelic covers Luxemburg.
February 16-19, 2010
Large international offer of over 15.000 Lots.
June 7-12, 2010
Large international offer of over 25.000 Lots.
September 7th to 10th, 2010
Large international offer with more than 16.000 Lots.
November 22h to 25th, 2010
Large international offer with more than 16.800 Lots.
March 7-12, 2011
Large international offer with more than 16.800 Lots.
Included are special sections "Asia" and "international rarities"
March 7, 2011
Large international offer with more than 16.800 Lots.
June 6-10, 2011
Gaertner Auction presents more then 18.000 lots from around the world. In total seven catalogues of which 5 volumes single lots -Asia, Overseas&Topics, Europe, Germany pre 1945 and Germany post 1945. The 6th volume is for the collections. The 7th volume is a summary of the highlights and rarities of the sale.
8/29 - 2/29 2011
ASIA (2.470 lots) for the special auction day Asia at the 29th of August 2011. 
Volume 1 OVERSEAS + THEMATICS (2.256 + 1.168 lots)
Volume 2 EUROPE (4.131 lots)
Volume 3 GERMANY (4.790 lots) 
Volume 4.1 COLLECTIONS 1 (3.618 lots) Overseas, All World, Europe and Thematics
Volume 4.2 COLLECTIONS 2 (2.150 lots) Germany, Estates and Numismatics 
Special catalogue TURKEY (356 Lose) The Duloz collection of Max Platinga including many items from the legendary collection of Adolf Passer as well as from Tevfik Kuyas and M. Kühut Alanyali
Special catalogue GERMAN STATES (60 lots) Early covers to foreign destinations
RARITIES Vol 4 an efficient guide through the fantastic highlights of our auction. As an exhibitor or very advanced collector you will enjoy this concentration of outstanding gems of International Philately 
November 3-8, 2011
Large international auction sale with special catalogues Asia as well as Zeppelin and Air Mail.
February 6-10, 2012
More than 22,000 lots on offer in 9 catalogues, with special sections devoted to Asia, Airmail, a large Denmark collection,
as well as rarities (Vol. 6), most depicted and complete with descriptions.

Whether remarkable single lots – from a never-used 5 C. Hawaii (1851) to a unique Gandhi Service cover from India from 1948 – or large exhibition collections awarded gold like the outstanding classic collection “Denmark”, large collections Soviet occupation zone, Pakistan, China or the long-lost Dörfler collection “Violetter Merkur” from Austria; there is certainly something here of interest for every collector and philatelist.
May 8-12, 2012
Auction starts with a fantastic section Asia (special volume) of more than 3.200 single lots, followed by the single lots from Overseas, Europe, Germany, while the last two days are reserved for the collections, accumulations, estates and at last coins. A few highlights are: The Large Gold Exhibition collection Denmark (1851-63) offered in 223 single lots, a substantial offer Great Britain Special (including an incomparable FDC of the Black Penny), one of the most important collections Austria with a large number of rarities and unique items offered as one lot, furthermore single lots as an essay for the first Russian issue 1854 or an excellent copy of the rare un-issued 12 kr of Austria (1850).
Whether you are interested in German areas, thematics or coins you will find a wide range of exciting single lots and collections.
September 10-14, 2012
January 21-25, 2013
Juni 3 - 7, 2013
the 25th sale from Christoph Gaetner auction with a  remarkable range of single lots.

Overseas: BRUNEI (148 ), CHINA (786), INDIA (307), IRAK (303), JORDANIA (101), PALESTINE (386), JAPAN, especially classic first  issues (440), MALAYA STATES , BRITSH SOMALILAND, CANADA , USA , etc.

Europe: FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN (Block of 6 „One Penny Black“), ITALY , LIECHTENSTEIN , RUSSIA (253), POLAND with 120 lots Mi. No. 1 ex Special Collection cancellations.

For Germany we would like to draw your attention to the section SOVIET OCCUPATION ZONE with fantastic handoverprints.

Please take a close look at the following collections:
GERMAN STATES - rarities, Ghetto Litzmannstadt - stamps and covers, Collection Dr. Holthöfer Minister Cards Berlin.

October 14th - 18th, 2013
February 10-14, 2014
A diverse offer of international philately and numismatics with more than about 20,000 lots, among them over 6.000 collections.
Featuring special catalogues:
- Brazil,
- Encased postage stamps & Postage curreny notes Collection Frederic Le Noir
- Ottoman Empire Collection Ibrahim Pasha

June 2nd - 7th, 2014
Our 28th auction will take place from 2nd to 7th June 2014, for which the abundance of the wonderful material is spread for the first time over six days! We will offer you over 27,000 auction lots – of which there are approximately 9,000 collections.

Apart from the main catalogues we are preparing for the first time a separate Catalogue for Postcards, like we would naturally do for truly spectacular collections.

COLLECTION BRUNO de PERTHUIS – les cartes postales
A collection, worthy to be exhibited in a museum and showing exceptional political – satirical postcards from France from 1900 to 1914, amongst others a unique set of postcards by the well knows, famous French graphic artist and caricaturist Orens Denizard.

A great collection of prisoner of war, internment mail and other camp post office with the emphasis on WW II. and Poland, as well as local issues.
"Special Selection" catalogues for the following 3 countries:
AUSTRIA Here above all the outstanding Scholz collection – special cancellations of Austria
EGYPT Apart from many rarer items there are also good cancellations from a gold medal collection "ship- post-office".
TURKEY Top items and collections of the first issues "Tughra" (1863 - 1964), the Turkish field postal service WW I. and the Angora Special Issues (1920 - 1923) – with the world rarities.

The next auction highlights are noticeable: German States - particularly also Baden, German Empire Breast Shields, Saar, French zone, army postal service postmarks, KZ and censorship post office as well as Germany corner pieces and blocks of  four corner pieces, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, Malayan States,  Belgian the Congo and the USA. And last but not least we should mention our numismatic offer, which becomes more and  more important.
October 6th - 10th, 2014
Large international offer philately worldwide with many rarities and a huge selection lots and collection. Additional postcards, coins and medals.
November 21st, 2014
Over 2000 lots from a collection which took 5 decades to complete, with coins from all ages from all over the world
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