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03.10.2016 - Beethoven, Goethe and Frederick the Great in Hamburg

(hba/wm) During the autumn auction of Northern Germany’s largest stamp and coins auction house, Hanseatische Briefmarkenauktionen HBA, something very special will be brought under the gavel. It concerns a major autograph rarity: a document dated 1823 that bears the original signature of the famous German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Thomas Ehrengut, CEO of HBA, stresses that autographs of Van Beethoven are very rare: "We expect a strong interest for it." Ehrengut runs the auction house together with his brother Hubert; the two have been active as auctioneers for more than thirty years.
A also on offer will be a complete letter, written in 1744 by Frederick the Great to the Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, as well as the signature of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe dating from 1786.
The autumn auction of HBA will take place in Hamburg, from 2 until 5 November. With more than 4.000 auction lots on offer, the auction offers both stamp and coin collectors an excellent range of high quality items. Also interesting collections from around the world and a number of complete collectors' estates in nearly 800 boxes will be sold.
‘In times of negative interest it can be lucrative to invest one’s savings in collectibles of a high quality,’ says Thomas Ehrengut. It explains why in recent years rare items of excellent quality are showing impressing price increases. ‘More and more, side-entrants are buying carefully selected stamps and coins as supplements in their portfolios. And it seems without doubt that the autographs that we have on offer will find new owners for impressive prices. In our branch of business one thing is for sure: something rare will always yield a good price.’
Collectors who wish to have a look at Van Beethoven’s autograph or one or more of the other lots that HBA has on offer can make an appointment with HBA in Hammerbrook. They are welcome from 24 October 2016. The actual auctions will take place from 2 until 5 November 2016 at the premises of HBA, to be found on Wendenstrasse 4.
The auction catalogs can be consulted on the website www.hba.de. You can also request a traditional ink to paper copy by making a telephone call: ++[0]40/23 34 35.