(Bietigheim-B./cw). On 27 April of this year the foundations were laid for the future of the philatelic auction house Schwanke GmbH in Hamburg (Germany). The firm has been taken over by the auction house of Christoph Gärtner and will, from now on, go through life as ‘Auction Galleries Hamburg vormals Schwanke GmbH‘ (‘Auction Galleries Hamburg formerly Schwanke GmbH’). The next auction under the new name will be held on 2 and 3 September 2016, at the usual location (Reichenhof, Kontorhausviertel, Hamburg, see picture).
Schwanke’s former owner, Hans-Joachim Schwanke, about the takeover: ‘I am pleased that our customers will continue to be supported by our reliable at its usual location. In addition, they will benefit from our access to the CG group of companies, that has a competent, worldwide network.’
The new owner, Christoph Gärtner emphasizes that it is of great importance that philatelists, collectors and investors can still fall back on the experienced Schwanke team, that will continue to be active in the far north of Germany.
From 1 July 2016, the official address is: ‘Auction Galleries Hamburg vormals Schwanke GmbH’, Kleinel Reichenstrasse 1, 20457 Hamburg (Germany). The way the communication between customers and the new firm is structured will be similar to the situation before.
Earlier, in 2015, the Christoph Gärtner auction house already integrated the well-known auction house of Edgar Mohrmann into its group of companies, thus contributing to the preservation of the the existing Hamburger auction culture.
Source: AIJP News