Adolphe Menjou

With a career spanning over five decades, famed matinée idol Adolphe Menjou was instantly recognizable by millions for his debonair looks and trademark mustache. Known for such movies as Charlie Chaplin’s A Woman of Paris and The Front Page, which earned him an Academy Award nomination, Adolphe Menjou’s career was truly prolific.

In addition to being a beloved actor, Menjou was also a serious philatelist. His collection, offered for sale by H.R. Harmer in February of 1957, included an exceptional array of both mint and used United States stamps. Amongst the many highlights of the sale were a 4c Columbian error of color and a mint block of four of the $5 Columbian. In total, Menjou’s collection realized nearly $42,000 (over $350,000 today).

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Discover Past Offerings

Throughout H.R. Harmer’s history we have had the privilege of offering a large number of significant stamp collections at auction. From highly-specialized holdings of a single country to collections encompassing all corners of the globe, our “name sales” have long been the pride of our firm. An auction catalogue is much more than an advertisement for an upcoming sale—it is a means of preserving a collection for future generations, ensuring that one’s philatelic legacy will live on long past the dispersal of their material.

As excited as we are for future auctions, we feel it is equally important to highlight significant sales from our past—as well as the men and women behind them.