Auction History

1913–TODAY

THE BEGINNING: BERLIN

1913 · 1ST HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · BERLIN

The first Heinrich Koehler auction - also Germany's first general stamp auction - took place in Berlin on 23 April.

1918 · 16TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · BERLIN

In the 16th auction on 21 January the fantastic "Reitmeister" collection of classic Germany came up for sale.

1923 · 30TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · BRÜNN

The difficult economic conditions in Germany made Heinrich Koehler decide to hold the auction in Brünn instead of Berlin. The 30th auction on 7 August 1923 was followed by four more sales in Czechoslovakia up to mid-1924.

1927 · 50TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · BERLIN

On 21 November 1927 the unbelievable "Heinola" collection of Finland is sold – lending without doubt a certain air of nobility to the 50th "jubilee" sale of the Heinrich Koehler auction house.

1928 · 54TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · BERLIN

The philatelic event of the year: the unique "Reitmeister” collection of Baden is auctioned on 18 May 1928 by Heinrich Koehler.

1929 · 62ND HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · BERLIN

On 7 October the great Gaston-Nehrlich collection of classic Germany is sold in Berlin.

1940 · 105TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · BERLIN

On 27 March 1940 – overshadowed by the Second World War – the auction house of Heinrich Koehler in Berlin sells the fine "Kanzleirat-Metzger" collection with a unique Baden section.

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1949 · 124TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

On 19 May 1949 the 124th Heinrich Koehler auction takes place at the firm's new headquarters in Wiesbaden.

1983 · 239TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION

The Max-Schaller (Berlin) collection of Prussian postal stationery is sold on 8 June.

1984 · 243RD HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION

On 10 October the sale of the Herbert J. Bloch (New York) collection of Prussian postal stationery.

1985 · 245TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

The first of the legendary Boker sales. The prelude to 18 special auctions in the following years devoted to the unique collection of Old German States. The first auction on 16 March gives an exciting indication of what was to come - the cover with the legendary "Baden error", 9 kreuzer black on green makes a world record price of DM 2.3 million (€ 1.176.000) !

2000 · 308TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

In January the 18th and final auction of the Boker collection of Old German States takes place.

2000 · 310TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

On 29 September the remarkable "Patentanwalt-Emil-Hoffmann” collection of Hanover comes up for sale.

AFTER 2000

2001 · 311TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

The Kampen collection of the North German Confederation, also the collection of Zeppelin mail is sold on 3 February.

2002 · 315TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

Heinrich Koehler sells on 25 May the Rapkin collection of "Eagle" (Brustschilde) issues of Germany, also the "1936 Olympic Games".

2003 · 317TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

The great Rolf P. Salinger collection of Switzerland 1843-1852 is sold on 1 February.

2004 · 322ND HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

The uniquely fine Gabor Kekkö collection "Over The Seven Seas".

2005 · 324TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

On 1 June the sale of the "Oranien” collection "Germany from A to Z”.

2006 · 328TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

On 27 September the remarkable - also because of its unique owner - Simon Wiesenthal collection is auctioned – a real honour and mark of recognition for the Heinrich Koehler auction house.

2007 · 330TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · BERLIN

Auction in the Luxury Hotel "Adlon": Postal History of Berlin 1596-1945 and specialised collection: "DDR".

2008 · 334TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

On 27 September the collection ALGOVIUS - German States and Empire - starts to be sold, also the wonderful collection ASTRUL - Rarities of the ancient German States sale is held.

2009· 337TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

The Postal History Collections "Die Post in Mainz" and "Deutsche Hochinflation 1923" (German High Inflation 1923) came up for sale.

2009 | 2010· 336TH/338th/340th H. KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

The phantastic collection of Fritz Kirchner "Deutschland 1849-1980" including great rarities of all German areas is offered in three parts in the Hotel "Nassauer Hof" in Wiesbaden. Many pieces reached record prices. Furthermore, this is the first consignment which is offered cross-nationally with Corinphila Auctions in Zurich | Switzerland.

2010 | 2011 · 331st/343rd H. KOEHLER AUCTION · BERLIN

At the occasion of two auctions in Berlin the collection "Berliner Postgeschichte" (Postal History of Berlin) of Peter Koegel is sold. Thus, one of the most important collections of German postwar history was auctioned off.

2010 · 343rd HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

Important dates for collectors of smaller areas were the auctions where the collections “Deutsche Besetzung Estland im II. Weltkrieg” (German Occupation of Estland during World War II) of Dr. med. Eino Kooba and “Württenberger Fund” – important overseas package cards from the early period of the German Empire of Rolf Rohlfs collection were offered. Some prices reached a record high.

2010 | 2011 · 342nd/344th/346th H. KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESB.

During three spectacular auctions Heinrich Koehler sold the collection „Königreich Sachsen“ (Kingdom of Saxony) which was compiled by Horst and Arnim Knapp over generations – supposedly the most voluminous collection of one single German State.

2011 · 343RD HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

The collection „Auslandsbriefe der Süddeutschen Staaten“ (Letters abroad of the Southern States), with many international awards, of Dr. Karl Zangerle, who was also a much valued author, came up for sale. Many of the covers that are now part of new collections had not been offered for decades.

2011 · 345th/346Th HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

Once again high-class material is up for auction: The collection „Thurn & Taxis in Baden“ (Thurn & Taxis in Baden) of Han Vermeulen, as well as part III of the collection of Horst and Arnim Knapp „Königreich Sachsen“ (Kingdom of Saxony)  (as 346th auction).

2012 · 347TH/348TH/349th H. KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

The following top-collections were offered: “The collection “Norddeutscher Postbezirk” of Friedrich Spalink ./ As 348th auction: The collection ASTRUL “Herzogtum Braunschweig” (Duchy Braunschweig). / As 349th auction: The collection of Reiner Bender “Besetzungsausgaben 1939-1945” (Issues during the occupation 1939-1945). Those collections are presented in special catalogues, another special feature to highlight  top-collections at Heinrich Koehler auctions.

2012 · 350TH/351st HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

Extraordinary material, accompanied by a special offer „Russian Heritage“ and as 351st auction part II of the collection ASTRUL “Herzogtum Braunschweig” (Duchy of Brunswick).

2012 · 352nd HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · IPHL@2012 MAINZ

As the official IPHL@-auctioneer Heinrich Koehler sold a special literature offer: Several libraries, especially the one of Norbert Röhm, who had developed a special passion for the early philatelic literature and in the course of his lifetime gathered one of the largest private libraries. 

2013 · 353rd/354th HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

Another sale with severeal special and extra catalogues: The drs. Avo Kaplanian collection “Palestine Mandate 1917-1948” / The collection of Robert Schuman “EUROPA CEPT” / The collection of Dr. Heinz Jaeger “Meine schönsten Puppen – Klassische Marken mit perfekten Stempeln” (My most beautiful puppets – Classic stamps with perfect cancellations) as well as the 354th auction part I of the collection of Sylvain Wyler “Deutsche Markenbriefe ins Ausland bis 1875” (German franked covers to abroad until 1875).

2014 · 357th HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

Among others the following special offer came up for sale: “The Mauritania UPU-Specimen Archive”, the “Charles World Collection” with worldwide material, part II of the collection ‘Niederrhein’ – “Preussen Nummern- und Ortsstempel” (Prussia number and local cancellations). Furthermore the collection ‘Waldersee’ – “Deutsche Post in China und Kiautschou” (German Post in China and Kiautschou).

2014 · 358TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

This year, unfortunately, we much too early lost a special collegue, friend of the house Heinrich Köhler and extraordinary professional philatelist. Thus, it was a special honour for us to sell the collection of Klaus-Peter Rühl “Deutschland – Muster ohne Wert ab 1755” (Germany – Sample without value as of 1755). Also offered in a special catalogue was the collection of John Simon “Altdeutsche Staaten und Deutsches Reich 1849-1874). 

2015 · 359TH HEINRICH KOEHLER AUCTION · WIESBADEN

A very spcial auction! The offer of top-collections, as usual described in special  luxury catalogues resembles almost a “Who is who” of the high end philately: The collections of Harry von Hofmann “Estland and Lettland” (Estonia and Latvia) / The collection of Tony Zonneveld “Persian (Iran)” / The collection ‘Hardtwald’ – “Zeppelinmarken Alle Welt und Zuleitunspost Luxemburg” (Zeppelin stamps all of the world and treaty mail Luxemburg) / The collection of Volker Adler “Samoa ab1840” / The collection of Dr. Hanns-Georg Friedrich “Lübeck, Mecklenburg, Oldenburg und Preussen”. This special offer was rounded up by the collection of Dr. Leo Wojnke “Thurn & Taxis-Frankaturen in das Ausland” (T&T frankings to abroad).