Conditions of Sale
1. All bids are per lot, as numbered in the printed Catalogue. DSS, as agent for the consignor or vendor, shall regulate the bidding and shall determine the manner in which the bidding shall be conducted. DSS reserves the right to withdraw any lot prior to sale (without liability to any potential purchaser or agent), to re-offer any withdrawn lot, to divide a lot or to group two or more lots belonging to the same consignor or vendor, and to refuse any bid believed not made in good faith. Suggested Bid Values are Estimates of sales prices contained in the printed Catalogue reflect the best judgment of DSS, and are not minimum prices.
2. Bids shall be made in the steps set forth on the bidding page, and will be reduced to the nearest bid increment. Lots will be sold to the highest bidder at no more than the bid price, and possibly less if the bid is above the Suggested Bid (Sug Bid) value listed and above any reserve.

Should a dispute arise between bidders the DSS alone shall determine who the successful bidder is and whether to reoffer the lot in dispute. Should a dispute arise after the sale, DSS sale records shall be conclusive. On all lots sold, a commission of 18% on the hammer price is payable by the buyer to DSS together with any sales and use tax or customs duties.
3. (a.) DSS reserves the right to bid on behalf of clients (and consignors or vendors) but shall not be liable for errors and omissions in executing instructions to bid, however received, and whether such errors or omissions be those of the bidder or agent or those of the auctioneer.
(b) Lots are offered subject to a reserve price. DSS will implement such reserve price by bidding on behalf of the consignor vendor, which may include DSS.
(c) It may also be assumed that all consignors have been advanced monies against the sale of their consigned material and DSS/Kelleher therefore has a security interest in the consigned material over and above the normal auction commission.
(d) Purchases made by a consignor or vendor or his agent on his own lots shall be considered as a sale subject to commissions and sales tax as applicable.
(e) Agents are responsible for the payment of the purchase price for all purchases made on behalf of their clients, unless other arrangements with the auctioneer have been confirmed in writing prior to the auction.
4. Payment for lots, including those on which opinions are desired (Condition of Sale 7), shall be as follows:
(a) Payment of the purchase price, or such part there of as DSS shall require, shall be made by the purchaser in cash or bank or certified check or in such other manner as Kelleher may determine.
(b) Successful bidders will be notified of lots purchased. Before DSS will send such lots, payment in full must be received by Kelleher within three (3) business days of receipt of the aforesaid notification by the mail bidder. However, a purchaser known to DSS/Kelleher at its option may have purchases delivered or forwarded for immediate payment (by a dollar draft on a U.S. bank in the case of overseas purchasers). Mailed delivery will be to the address on the bid sheet and proof by DSS/Kelleher of receipt of a sending at the advised address shall constitute delivery. All charges for handling, delivery and insurance obtained by Kelleher on behalf of the purchaser shall be added to the purchase price; a minimum charge of $6.00 will be made for delivery of lot(s).
5. Title shall not pass to the purchaser until full payment has been received by Kelleher as agents for the consignor or vendor.
6. (a) Purchasers agree to pay for lots as specified in Condition of Sale 4 (or as the same may be modified by Condition of Sale 8), and no credit is extended; a late payment charge of 2% per month or fraction thereof shall be added if payment is not made in accordance with the aforesaid conditions.
(b) In the event that a bidder shall fail to comply with these Conditions of Sale ("Non-Complying Bidder"), then, as to any lot with respect to which such failure to comply occurs, DSS, may, in its sole discretion, re-offer such lot during the same auction or at an auction at a later time, or by private treaty at such time as DSS, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate and the Non-Complying Bidder shall be liable for the deficiency, if any, between the hammer price and the net proceeds of a sale to a subsequent purchaser, whether at auction or by private treaty, as well as for all costs and expenses of both sales, all other charges due thereunder, including commissions with respect to both sales, whether payable to DSS/Kelleher or to a third party and all incidental damages. It shall be in DSS/Kelleher's sole discretion to determine whether to re-offer the lot theretofore hammered-down to a Non-Complying Bidder at the same auction, or by private treaty in due course, or at a subsequent auction conducted by DSS. In no event shall any surplus arising from the sale of a re-offered lot be payable to a Non-Complying Bidder.
(c) A defaulting purchaser shall be deemed to have granted DSS/Kelleher a security interest in property in DSS/Kelleher's possession owned by such purchaser. DSS/Kelleher shall have all of the rights afforded a purchase money secured party under the Connecticut and/or Massachusetts Uniform Commercial Code with respect to such property and may apply against such obligations all monies held or received by it for the account of, or due from DSS/Kelleher to such purchaser. DSS/Kelleher is authorized to file a Financing Statement in order to perfect its rights as a secured party.
(d) If DSS/Kelleher takes any legal steps to secure payment of a delinquent account, the defaulting purchaser shall be liable for all legal and other expenses incurred by DSS/Kelleher to secure such payment, including but not limited to a reasonable allowance for attorneys quote fees. For purposes of this paragraph, the term legal steps shall be deemed to include any and all consultation by DSS/Kelleher with its attorneys with respect to all matters arising out of a delinquent account.
(e) Unless otherwise acceptable to DSS, payment is to be made only in the form of cash, bank check or certified check, personal check (which must clear prior to delivery of lots), bank wire transfer, paypal, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express) will be accepted at no additional charge provided they are processed through our online processing on our website: For charges phoned into our office a 2% service charge will be rendered.
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7. (a) See viewing schedule for on-premises viewing. Ample opportunity is given for on premises inspection prior to the auction date, and, upon written request and at DSS/Kelleher discretion.
(b) Each lot is sold as genuine and correctly described, based on individual description as modified by any specific notations in this Catalogue.
(c) Quality. Any lot which a purchaser considers to be incorrectly described may be returned to Kelleher within two weeks of its receipt by such purchaser ("Returning Purchaser"), provided, however, that the same is received by DSS/Kelleher within four weeks of the date of the auction; however, DSS/Kelleher may, in its discretion, refuse acceptance of such returned lot. If an opinion of a mutually acceptable authority is desired, the period of time within which a lot must be received by DSS/Kelleher will be extended in accordance with Condition of Sale 8. In the event that a dispute cannot be resolved by reference to a mutually acceptable authority, and DSS/Kelleher thereupon undertakes to re-offer the lot with a description identical to the description disputed, the Returning Purchaser shall be liable for the deficiency, if any, between the proceeds of the sale to the Returning Purchaser and the proceeds of a sale to a subsequent purchaser, as well as for all costs and expenses of the re-sale, including commission, and all incidental damages. Any lot, the description of which is disputed, must be returned intact and in the original packaging and in the condition received (unaltered) by the purchaser. The following lots are not returnable except at the discretion of DSS/Kelleher: (i) lots from purchasers who attended the exhibition of the lots; (ii) lots examined by postal viewers; (iii) lots on account of their appearance, if they are illustrated in this Catalogue; or (iv) lots described as having repairs, defects or faults for any reason. (v) lots containing more than ten (10) items.
(d) Authenticity. Any lot which is declared otherwise than genuine by a generally recognized authority is returnable, provided such lot is received by DSS/Kelleher within four weeks of the date of the auction. Proof that a mutually acceptable authority declines to express an opinion is not grounds for the return of a lot.
(e) Expenses incurred a purchaser in the submission and the return of a lot under Conditions of Sale 7 are not subject to refund.
(f) Numerical grading is subjective and is based upon the condition of each issue. Lots may not be returned if a third party grades a stamp at lower than our grade.
(g) Lots with existing Certificates from the Philatelic Foundation or Professional Stamp Experts, dated January 1, 2004 and later are sold "as-is" and are based upon the description on the certificate. Such lots may not be returned for any reason, including but not limited to a contrary opinion/certificate.
8. Unless presentation of satisfactory proof that it is exempted by law, a purchaser shall pay to DSS/Kelleher Connecticut or Massachusetts and local sales taxes, or any compensating use taxes of any other State claiming jurisdiction. Buyers outside the U.S. are responsible for all customs duties. A purchaser shall indemnify DSS/Kelleher and hold it harmless of and from any claims of any jurisdiction for sales taxes relating to the purchase of articles at the auction, whenever the same may arise.
9. All matters arising out of this auction shall be governed by the laws of the State of Connecticut without giving effect to the choice of law principles thereof.
10. The purchaser at this auction (a) consents and submits to the jurisdiction of the Courts of the State of Connecticut or New York and of the Courts of the United States for a judicial district within the territorial limits of the State of Connecticut for all matters arising out of this auction sale, including, without limitation, any action or proceeding instituted for the enforcement of any right, remedy, obligation and liability arising under or by reason thereof; and (b) consents and submits to the venue of such action or proceeding in the City of Danbury, County of Fairfield, State of Connecticut (or such judicial district of a Court of the United States as shall include the same, and (c) further consents that service of process in any action relating thereto may be effected by registered mail, return receipt requested address to the purchase at the address given to DSS at the time of the sale.
11. Increments are as published; bids made out of increment will be reduced to the next increment. Example: $603 bid will be reduced to $600, etc.
(a) Must be confirmed in writing unless waived by the auctioneer.
(b) Any errors are the responsibility of the bidder.
Bids must be received 1 hour before sale commences - be sure to use
FAX: (203) 297-6059 or
An agent's session will be conducted as a runoff sale, book bids vs. agent bids per the terms of sale. The following agents may be contacted to execute your bids for this. These bids must be provided to them prior to the closing times as published within, bids received after this time will NOT be executed.:

Charles E. Cwiakala
1527 South Fairview Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-5211
Phone/Fax: 847-823-8747

Frank Mandel
P.O. Box 157
New York, NY 10014
Tel: (212) 675-0819
Fax: (212) 366-6462

Purser Associates, Inc
4 Webcowet Road, Unit 2
Arlington, MA 02474-2323
Tel: 857-928-5140
Fax: 781-777-1023

To bid, you must be registered and be approved by both Stamp Auction Network and DSS/Kelleher. Please contact us for further instructions or go to and find the Danbury Stamp Sales link.

Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, LLC
The Oldest Philatelic Auction House in the United States, established in 1885.
Administrative Office:
22 Shelter Rock Lane, Unit 53
Danbury, CT 06810, USA

Tel: 203.830.2500
Fax: 203.297.6059
  Boston Area Office:
181 Wells Avenue, Suite 105
Newton, MA 02459, USA

Tel: 781.453.0990
Fax: 781.453.0945


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