Certificate dated May 1999
for 1 share of Eu 1 in this famous German erotica and lingerie firm.
Illustration of a beautiful blonde nude and two dark haired ladies
wearing red underwear. Upper and lower border of blue hearts.
Certificate size is 20.5 cm
high x 30.5 cm wide (8" x 12").
Beate Uhse AG is a German industry
group with focus on selling adult entertainment in the form of sex toys,
lingerie, clothing and pornography. It is the most successful company in the
German sex industry, and the country's leading pornography retailer. It was
founded by former German war-time pilot and sex pioneer Beate Uhse-Rotermund
in 1946 and started out as a distibutor of pamphlets on family planning
called Schrift X (roughly: Writing X or Paper X) which was a major success.
In 1962 the company opened the world's first sex shop in Flensburg, West
Germany. When pornography was finally made legal in West Germany in 1976,
Beate Uhse was well-prepared with a widely known and respected brand name
and an established mail order business. By 1992 it owned 30 sex shops and 25
cinemas, had a turnover of 100 million Deutschmarks, and 10 million
customers visited its premises. It currently has over 1,500 employees, is
active in 60 countries and has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
since 1999. Uhse remained the chairwoman of the company until her death in
2001. In 2004 Beate Uhse AG opened the first Mae B. shop, a chain of sex
shops specifically aimed at female consumers. In 2004 the combined sales of
the Beate Uhse industry group was €280 million, making it the largest
distributor of adult-related entertainment and products in the world.
Profits have dropped significantly in the year 2006 - 2007.