Skinner adds Internet bidding to Fine Wine sales, starting Nov. 4
BOSTON – On Nov. 4, Skinner Inc., in partnership with Lower Falls Wine Co. of Newton, Mass., will auction an outstanding array of fine wines at its Boston gallery at 63 Park Plaza. The 400-lot sale will chart new territory for the prestigious antiques and fine art auction company, as it will mark the first time a Skinner wine event has included the Internet as a live-bidding option. Oenophiles will be able to bid on any lot in the sale through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
The finest producers of Bordeaux are represented, from Chateau Latour and Chateau Petrus to Chateau La Mission Haut Brion. Of particular note is a 10-bottle lot of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1959 (lot 99, est. $11,000/16,000); eight bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1959 (lot 105, est. $7,000/10,000); and two bottles of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2000 (lot 126, est. $800/1,200).
The sale also offers more recently bottled Bordeaux vintages, offering buyers the wonderful dilemma of whether to collect and cellar, or open and enjoy the wines with friends and family. The Rhone is well represented with a bottle of Domaine du Pegau, Chateauneuf du Pape, Cuvee da Capo 2003 (lot 169, est. $600/1,000) and single bottles of Guigal, La Landonne 1983 (lot 171, est. $400/600), Guigal, Cote Rotie La Mouline 2003 (lot 175, est. $400/600), and Guigal, Cote Rotie La Torque 2003 (lot 176, est. $400/600) among others.
The sale boasts luscious New World wines of superlative description. The iconoclastic, maverick winemakers behind such wines are shown off with two bottles of Sine Qua Non, Just for the Love of It Syrah 2002 (lot 263, est. $850/1,200) and three and four bottle lots from Charles Smith – Old Bones Syrah 2005 (lot 265, est. $325/450) and The Skull Syrah 2005 (lot 266, est. $350/550) and a single bottle of Chris Ringland Shiraz 1998 (lot 200, est. $500/700).
Just in time for the holiday, great Champagne in party-sized lots of 8, 14, and 20 bottles will take buyers from hors d’oeuvres through dessert. Highlighted are seven bottles of Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne (lot 39, est. $700/1,100); five bottles of Veuve Clicquot, Grand Dame 1979 (lot 40, est. $1,500/2,200); and 12 bottles of Heidsieck, Vintage Brut Millesime 1990 (lot 342, est. $700/1,100).
According to Marie Keep, Director of Fine Wine at Skinner Inc., “The current wine market is a boon for buyers. Wines that may have been out of reach at the zenith of the market are now approachable at auction. It’s a good time to start collecting again.” Keep continued, “Skinner remains the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction, and the interest in these auctions reflects Boston’s love of fine wines.”
For information on any lot in the sale, contact Marie Keep at 508 970-3296 or e-mail email@example.com. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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