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*Introduction to Auctions.
We offer the following descriptions of auctions purely as an informational convenience and (except for our own WineAds@wineloverspage.com) make no representation as to the quality of any of these houses.
Acker, Merrall and Condit
Acker, Merrall and Condit has been a wine merchant in New York City since 1820. Its live and online auctions have attracted an enthusiastic group of bidders. Held monthly. Other features of this excellent merchant are listed under its entry in Wine Retailers. http://www.ackerwines.com/
Brentwood Wine Company
Brentwood Wine Company has a classy online retail and auction website; the bricks and mortar are located at 24801 SW Brentwood Drive, West Linn, OR 97068.
Phone: (503) 638-9463 or (503) NET-WINE
Fax: (503) 638-6737 or (503) NET-ORDR
Chicago Wine Company
Chicago Wine Company offers wines at auction and at retail out of cavernous digs in Chicago. They may also be contacted if you have well-cellared, collectible wines to sell. The Wine Lover's page features a database containing all the Hammer Prices (auction sale prices) of wines sold by The Chicago Wine Company in its auctions since January 1996.
Tel.: (1) 847 647 8787
Fax: (1) 847 647 7265
Christie's is the world’s oldest auctioneer of fine wines; wine featured prominently in Christie’s very first sale on 5th December 1766. The first specialist wine department at Christie’s was founded in London in 1966 under the aegis of Michael Broadbent M.W., whose columns appear regularly in Decanter. Since then, wine auctions have been added to Christie’s salerooms worldwide, including Amsterdam, Geneva, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Singapore and Tokyo. Tel.: (800) 395 6300 or (212) 636 2500 in the Americas
or (44 20) 7389 2820 in the United Kingdom Europe, Asia, Australia or Africa.
Fax: (44) 020 7839 1611
MagnumWines.com bills itself as "the auction house for the investor, drinker or thinker. Rare and highly sought after wines including magnums." 10% buyer's commission.
Sothebys runs two types of wine auctions, the in person type similar to the Christie's auctions, and an online version. In both types, the auction house offers guarantee of authenticity; articles and collecting guides. Go to the site search page and search on "wine" for auctions and publications and articles.
Tel.: (1) 847-236-5460
(44) 20 7293 6423
Fax: (44) 20 7293 5961
Wine Spectator Online
If you are really addicted to buying wine at auction, you may find a full access subscription to Wine Spectator Online worthwhile. "Within days after each major auction, Wine Spectator columnist and auction authority Peter D. Meltzer will post his analysis, dissecting trends, records, values and notable bids on important wines. And in case you don't know which which commercial or benefit auctions you want to attend, our Auction Calendar gives you the place and time." The Spectator is particularly good at identifying future benefit auctions.
WineBid.com holds three separate auctions serving North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, and Australia. It offers access to thousands of rare and fine wines. HowItWorks provides a clear explanation of the mechanics of the auctions for both buyers and sellers.
The Rest of the Web
You may find a wine auction at Auction Guide.com that is new to you -- a recent check revealed six wine auctions -- but you are sure to find hundreds of auctions around the world offering a host of other items. An occasional stop for the auction addict.
Butterfield & Butterfield
Butterfield & Butterfield is now owned by eBay, and its offerings are available through eBay. In addition, it continues to conduct in person auctions of high end European and California wines. It has a couple of interesting articles on "hot" wines on the auction scene, and says that it seeks to remain the premier West Coast auction house, but seems to lack some of its old focus in the wine area. Click on the "Areas of Collecting" at the top of any page, and then on the "Wines - European & California" button on the right side of the page.
Cellar Exchange is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and conducts an auction in which there are no fees or charges to either buyer or seller. http://www.cellarexchange.com/
eBay is the leading online auction forum, bringing buyers and sellers together and collecting a transaction fee. In this environment, you are dealing primarily with another individual or company; in a May 2001 report, Consumers Union rated eBay very highly. $200 fraud insurance, $25 deductible. Finding wine can be a challenge; you will also find a large number of wine related objects. Telephone: 408-558-7400.
Morrell & Company Fine Wine Auctions
The Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe has a marvelous location at One Rockefeller Center with good views of the ice skating and next door to a marvellous selection of retail wines. The website for Morrell & Company Fine Wine Auctions is all business, devoted to upcoming auctions, with a bit of information on past results.
Online auction search engines
Online auction search engines can act as a robot searching out elusive bottles on a number of auction sites. Three of the best according to Consumers Union's report in April 2001:
One caution: it takes a bit of care to craft search terms so as to avoid being inundated with wine related (or colored) objects.
Wall Street Wine Exchange
Wall Street Wine Exchange is an online auction house with a new auction every month. Bidding starts on the first and closes on the 29th.
fax at (212) 580 6893.
Wine Technologies Inc.
Wine Technologies Inc. offers an electronic version of The Wine Price File as part of the Parker database. The prices include not only the prices of the wines reviewed by Parker, but all of the prices in the Edgerton hard cover book, also available from Wine Technologies.
Wine Trends provides general advice on buying for consumption and investment, and plots trends from Christie's and Sotheby's auctions since 1997.
The Wine Lovers' Page maintains WineAds@wineloverspage.com, your international "classified ads" page for private individuals seeking to buy, sell or trade wine.
Just like the classified ads section in a newspaper, everyone is welcome to browse the ads looking for items of interest.
WineCommune is a clearing house for wine consumers. 'WineCommune is a revolutionary network that connects wine buyers and wine sellers, both private and retail via the Internet. We provide our community of wine lovers a means of buying and selling wines using a medium that is fast and efficient.' A satisfied WLDG poster reported: 'I've used winecommune.com a few times to sell wine. My experiences have all been very positive. Good points: 1) it's free; 2) it's easy to use; 3) it's totally consumer-to-consumer - no premiums, no tax. Bad points: it doesn't get enough traffic, so there isn't enough bidding action (hopefully that will change).'
WineSellar is located in San Diego and has two restaurants, a retail wine shop and an interesting on line wine auction. A recent virtual visit revealed several excellent wines on offer.