One decade ago, Christoph Gärtner held his first international auction at his headquarters in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
In September 2007, following its fourth auction, his company joined the premier league of philatelic auction and trading houses and is now the largest of its kind in Central Europe and the second-largest worldwide.
This Oct. 19-20, Gärtner is slated to host its 35th international auction of coins, banknotes and other numismatic items.
“The organization of such a great number of outstanding auctions requires us to be passionate and not spare any costs,” said Gärtner, adding: “We will continue to do our utmost to offer extraordinary auctions and to further improve services for suppliers and buyers, as client satisfaction is dearest to our hearts.”
Among the sale’s top highlights is Lot 31,780, an “extremely rare” prototype of a proposed 1923 Soviet banknote. It has a denomination of one chevonets; a red overprint; and a serial number ending in .0001″.
This “extraordinary rare and surely unique” item has a pre-sale estimate of 100,000 Euros.