19th auction: Strong bidding for rarities
As in the past demand was strong between bidders from the whole world at the 19th SCHLEGEL AUCTION driving up the sales prices. The battlefield for German single lots was especially thrilling and attracted buyers to fight it out to the end.
The sale was highlighted by lot 4269, an OLYMPIABLOCK from 1936 in mint condition with an inverted watermark. This unique item topped the high expectation and realized 107,000 EUR. Other highlights of the sale included German colonies Kiautschou, Mi-No. 26B ** with a result of 78,500 EUR and a rare Memel-misprint (Lot 4932) which achieved 26,000 EUR. One of the most lots was an 1849 cover displaying the Swiss Basel dove stamp (Lot 3381). This fine example of a classic postal history rarity was the subject of great interest by collectors and dealers and received numerous bids before selling for 22,000 EUR.
Another standout in SCHLEGEL’s auction season was – almost as usual – the strong collection section. Especially Brazil and China got top prices for consignors, matching and often outperforming the opening prices. Also our special catalogue RAINER IHLENBURG - with postal stationeries and covers since the foundation of the German Reich - ended up being a tremendous success, garnering more than 100,000 EUR.
Please find the results of our auction here as a pdf-file (as of October 28th, 2016).
18th Auction - Results
SCHLEGEL AUCTIONS kicked off the year with a strong start with its spring auction on April 11-12. Very good results at the two-day- sale exceeded expectations and the auction saw strength across all categories of the breadth of philatelic works and objects. The sale was highlighted by the seven hour long auctioning of the remarkable NIESEL COLLECTION.
While SCHLEGEL made countless strides in variety of categories this auction, collections and estates remained at the center of the auction: They – as usual - saw significant demand and were almost completely sold. The EUROPE/WORLDWIDE single lots garnered a lot of competition, led by the RUSSIA section with high results for lots 4045 (3.100,- EUR), 4054 (2.500,- EUR) as well as lot 4057 (2.500,- EUR). JAPAN also exceeded estimates.
The second day of the auction got off to a good start with the usual bidding frenzy for our COIN section; especially Chinese coins fetched high prices. The iconic piece of the GERMANY single lot section was lot 4984, also the highest-selling object of the auction, with a hammer price of 47000 EUR. A Vineta provisional (Lot 4969) and the unique Gdansk MI 68 No 68 AY (lot 5940) came in close behind at 40000 EUR and 21000 EUR, respectively.
The sale wrapped up Tuesday afternoon with our second special catalogue: The NIESEL collection was the real star of the auction. The high number of visitors during our presale viewing raised expectations and bidding was strong out of the gate. This set the tone for the sale of this unique collection with more than 80000 covers from all over the world which significantly outdid their estimates. This part of the auction lasted almost seven hours and late into the night. No lot garnered more demand than a Japanese postal stationery 3 Sen from Tientsin 15.1.1897 to Aachen/Germany (Lot 8979). Two phone bidders and collector. It eventually came down to two phone bidders and a collector on site, who pushed the price way up, and the cover sold for 8200 EUR, more than four times its estimate. With 878 out of 1094 lots finding buyers, more than 80 percent of the lots that went on the block sold.
Please find the results of our auction here as a pdf-file (as of 27.04.16).
You may buy unsold lots in our after sale. Please notice that the list of results – due to the subsequent sale (about 4 weeks) – is subject to frequent change. Please contact us for the most current version.
17th SCHLEGEL AUCTION - review
The 17th SCHLEGEL AUCTION offered some stellar highlights and definite surprises. With over 4000 cataloged lots, the sale offered interesting buys for various collecting fields.
The sale was opened by four special parts: While the LUXEMBOURG FIRST ISSUE - due to the current wide supply on the market – was received reluctantly, there was all the more demand for the small, but selected RUSSIA section. Following suit was the aesthetically pleasing BAVARIA CLASSIC section, led by lot 248 with a result of 1,360 EUR (incl. provision, without VAT). Further success came from the historically interesting section DISINFECTED MAIL 1673-1972, e.g. lot 368 which sold for 2,200 EUR.
The subsequent wide offer of collections and estates attracted a lot interest and bidding – as usual. Especially, an estate from Berlin, offered in 76 lots, achieved an overall result of 105,000 EUR. The unique essay album TURKEY (Lot 1664) – estimated at 500 EUR – enjoyed healthy interest and finally realized a result of 3,920 EUR. Honorable mentions belong to extensive numismatic section which set a nice accent and sold two thirds of the offers.
POLAND and RUSSIA lots dominated among the various singe lots, exceeding expectations by a lot. Subsequently, the offer OLD GERMAN STATES was met with broad interest. In particular, a rare and beautiful unit (Lot 3516) with a renowned provenience realized 10,700 EUR. One of the most anticipated items of this sale was the superb not-issued Sport Aid set 2001 (never hinged) from a redrawn printing sheet of the Federal Republic of Germany (Lot 4832), an absolute rarity for the connoisseur of philatelic precious items. Bidding opened at 40,000 EUR and finally topped out at a high estimate. The winning bidder paid 86,000 EUR.
Results 16th Auktion
SCHLEGEL AUCTIONS was very pleased with the response to its 16th auction. The sale displayed a wide array of philately and especially saw enthusiastic bidding for collections and estates on the two auction days.
Both the sales of the special sections MONTEVIDEO (Lots 1-108) and PORTUGAL achieved strong results, and were highlighted by outstanding performances of several lots. Within the PORTUGAL section, we were particularly pleased with the selective but good response, exemplified by the results for lot 214, a scarce horizontal strip of three (hammer price 2,400 EUR) and lot 228, a rare and fine multiple of 20 stamps, which achieved a result of 4,160 EUR (incl. provision + fees).
The auction witnessed an eager appetite for collections and estates, bidders honored once again quality and moderate opening prices. Successful examples included lot 800 (German colonies, opening 6,000 EUR) with a result of 9,750 EUR, lot 684 (Deutsches Reich, opening 4,400 EUR) for 6,420 EUR as well as lot 1258 (opening 4,500 EUR) for 8,330 EUR. From the sale of our RUSSIA/SOVIET UNION collections we were – despite a strong demand in our presale viewing – still surprised by the fierce bidding, highlighted by lot 1475 (opening 5,000 EUR), which was fiercely sought after and ultimately realized a result of 46,400 EUR. Thanks to our Overseas and Russian bidders!
The 16th auction saw a successful finale with its single lot offers. Wide-ranging demand and good realizations for rare values were once again guaranteed. A registered cover VÄRNAMO provisional with 55 Ö. pale blue and 80 Ö. (Lot 2741, opening 2,500 EUR) performed well and realized 6,600 EUR. Also, a German Post in Turkey, 20 PA on 10. Pfg., a rare shade red color inspired enthusiasm und jumped all the way up to 7,140 EUR. The offer FRANCE/FRENCH COLONIES also saw top prices, with lot 1893 (result 2,500 EUR), a very rare French-Congo provisional “Valeur 5”, leading this section.
Please find the results here as a PDF for download.
In our 15th auction our diverse offers once again saw a vivid and international demand and convincing results.
The second part of the RICHTER ESTATE documented the noticeable appreciation in the value of the early classic material. These classic issues of Europe (ca. 1840-1910) sold at above-average rates and encouraged the international customers to offer maximum bids (e.g. Lotno. 24 Great Britain collection for 8,560 EUROS and Lot 86 for 5,350 EUR).
Our special part AUSTRIA which included the KAFKA-collection fulfilled expectations as well (e.g. Lot 301 with a 700% increase went for 7,610 EUR) and realized hammer prices of around 70,000 EUR in total. Also, the market and interest for collections across all areas remained steady.
Our single lot section impressed with selected pieces of the international and German philately: The 1980, MOSCOW GAMES: 60 + 30 Pfg. issue from the estate of a Frankonian collector was sold for 27,300 EUR. Our rare VINETA-PROVISIONALS realized satisfying prices (Lot 4634: 8,330 EUR and Lot 4635: 9,520 EUR). Our second part of disinfected mail continued to have selected appeal for many collectors. At the end of the auction bides showed great interest in the rare issues of our extensive Zeppelin-part.
You may buy unsold lots for 10% less in our after sale. Please find the results of our 15th auction (as of November 24th) here as a PDF-file.
14th SCHLEGEL AUCTION -Quality stamps and spirited bidding
(* incl. provision, without VAT)
Once again, the bidding atmosphere at the 14th auction in Berlin was contagious. The interest and high regard for quality goods was clearly noticeable. Specialties like the RICHTER ESTATE, the LUXEMBOURG special offer and the “Disinfected mail 1831-65” realized good prices, in addition we presented a wide range of philatelic material which sold well.
The 14th SCHLEGEL AUCTION was characterized by good results and spirited bidding. The special catalog Luxembourg was met with good acceptance –especially bidders from Luxembourg could not resist the beauty of this sophisticated material and helped realize prices beyond our expectations.
Our collections - as always - drew many bidders and had action from all over the world. Under the charming lead of auctioneer Elisabetha Schlegel, almost all of the Richter collections (lots 300-457) were sold (e.g. the Under the charming lead of auctioneer Elisabetha Schlegel, almost all of the Richter collections (lots 300-457) were sold (The reference collection "Baden" went for 3,600 Euro). The other collections elicited a good response as well: a large ALTDEUTSCHLAND-SAXONY collection (Lot 703) was sold for 28,500 Euro; a beautiful collection GERMAN COLONIES realized 12,000 Euro. The wide range of high results in different areas served as prove for the good response to the material of our 14th Auction. Estates of dealers and collectors multiplied the opening prices.
Several other lots topped expectations: The exquisite covers, rarities and previously unknown items of our offer "disinfected mail 1831-65" proved to be very popular among bidders present at the auction. Furthermore the correspondence from HONGKONG to CAPTAIN LOETTGE in HAMBURG/GERMANY went for a total amount of 7.890,- Euros. The rare and exceptional SARAWAK cover to SINGAPORE changed hands for 3.900,- Euros.
Please find the results of our 14th auction (as of April 10th) here as a PDF-file.
Rare and precious Zeppelin collection auctioned
Going once, going twice, going three times, sold!: There was plenty of excitement at the 13th auction of SCHLEGEL Berlin. Interested and passionate airship-enthusiasts as well as countless reporters crowded in confined spaces to take part in the sale of a rare and precious collection of Zeppelin memorabilia. This collection of Edmund Sedlmayr consisted of more than 2.000 objects, among them rare memorabilia and historical documents. Auctioneer Elisabetha Schlegel was equally enthused: "It was a very moving auction, like looking back on history".
The silver champagne cooler of the LZ 129 Hindenburg - the most valuable piece of the collection – which started at 20.000 Euro was sold for 22.000 Euro to an anonymous telephone bidder. There was strong demand for the countless dining room preciosities (dishes, silverware and porcelain) of the Zeppelin airships. A rare flower vase (Lot 1112); starting price 2.500; result 7.400), a coffee pot (1127; starting at 3.000; result 4.600) and an enchanting milk jug (1147; starting at 1.300; result 1.900) found new and enamoured owners. Also, philatelic Zeppelin rarities like the Zeppelin post card „PFALZFAHRT (Landungsfahrt nach Lachen), WILDER ABWURF SCHIFFERSTADT“ (Lot 54) went for 3.500 Euro to the highest bidder.
The auction, which ended in the late afternoon, was opened by speeches of Manfred Bauer − son of airship captain Heinrich Bauer who survived the Hindenburg disaster as a crew member − and Edmund Sedlmayr himself.
The auction house was filled on the other days of the auction as well. Philatelists from all over the world bid busily and highly on the collections. The lots 3001 (result: 9.600), 3002 (8.000), 3007 (4.800), 3306 (10.500), 3781 (9.400) und 3990 (7.200) reached high hammer prices. The lots 8191 (20.000) as well as 8929 (18.000) stood out among the single lots.