If I may be so bold as to venture a view, I would have to observe that these so-called auctions that some of you have mentioned are debased by the fact that some of the fundamental principles of this market are not being observed.
For anything to be sold at auction you need to have firstly, a knowledgeable and well-informed audience of bidders, secondly an auction-house that has the expertise to understand the lots being put up for sale, and thirdly (and this, dear sweet boys, is where I come in) a body of knowledge, supported by pontificating experts, that can demonstrate the provenance and authenticity of the items that are being sold. Oh dear Nation – look to your dry-as-dust-museums will ye not ?
In the world of so-called antique whisky you seem to have none of these things – so fairy-tale bottles are produced like rabbits from a hat (forgive the rather high-church allusion at this time of year), and as bait, swallowed hook-line-and-sinker (sorry sweet boys, but I do so like getting my hook in the water) by those who know nothing, but want everything.
As far as I can estimate, for the forger, this is as near to a Perfect Market as dear Adam Smith could have imagined.
The Spirit of the Late Sir Roy Strong
Expert on many things
Sometime curator of museums