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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christie's Holding First Liquor Auction in New York Since Prohibition

Christie's in New York is the place to be today for collectors of rare spirits. For the first time since Prohibition was repealed in the 1930s the famous auction house's New York location will place bottles of spirits under the gavel.

The auction will include bottles of whisky, Cognac, brandies and other spirits. A bottle of Macallan Scotch distilled in 1926 and a bottle of Cognac Grande Fine Champagne distilled in 1811 are among the highlights of the sale. While bidding on some bottles is expected to reach into the thousands, there are other bottles in the sale expected to go for under $500.

Christie's also will auction off a batch of more than 700 whiskies and rare wines as part of the sale.

New York became just the seventh state to allow liquor auctions earlier this year.


GollyGumDrops said...

Hurrah! Let's hear it for a baby step into civilisation. How long before people can buy wine direct from vineyards or suppliers all over the US?

Rick Lyke said...

The 1926 Macallan fetched $54,000 in the sale.