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Issue 92 - The online bidder

Whisky Magazine Issue 92
December 2010


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The online bidder

Jonny McCormick reports on the Italian collection sold by Christie's, London

If you cannot make a whisky auction in person, you need not ignore the temptation. You can fix a maximum bid and request the auction house to bid on your behalf, or more popularly for highly collectable whiskies, arrange for the auction house to call you and conduct your bidding over the telephone.

Real-time online bidding has greatly swollen the ranks of potential buyers. Bonham's enable absentee bids online, McTear's offer live audio with an online catalogue displaying the bottle images and descriptions but Christie's Live currently offers the best online experience with full live video no matter where you live.

Auction Watch
The Christie's magnificent collection of whisky was keenly followed with a high proportion of lots exceeding their high estimates, yet some of the 20 to 30 bottle lots proving to be quite a bargain and contributing to a drop in WMI average auction prices for many brands. At this London sale, both Bowmore and Glen Grant outranked The Macallan from a WMI perspective although a Macallan 1946 made £3500, with Black Bowmore hitting £1700 a bottle (on the low side of 2010 prices) and three bottles of Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1936 drew £2000. The wonderfully colourful labels of the Bird Series whiskies by Moon Imports proved very popular with two bottles of Bowmore 1964 bottled 1987 fetching £1400, four bottles of two individual casks of Ardbeg 1966 bottled 1987 peaked at £3000.

The rare bourbons and rye whiskies looked like they were straight fr...

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