Auction house Christie’s is launching its first online-exclusive wine sale that’s expected to attract bids as high as $35,000 for rare fine wines that include names like a 1982 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour and Montrachet.
The online-only auction dubbed Signature Cellars will include a curated collection of 300 bottles that range from top Bordeaux and Burgundy to rare Bandol wines in France and the Napa Valley.
The sale, which opens in August, will be the first in a series of online-auctions which will run parallel to the company’s traditional on-site auctions.
Last year, Christie’s also held an online-only auction for a collection of Elizabeth Taylor jewels which fetched €120.7 million in sales.
Bidding for Christie’s Signature Cellars opens August 6 and closes August 20.
From Christie's Website:
Signature Cellars: Online-Only – Christie's Premier Internet-Exclusive Wine Auction
- Sale 2760
- Online Only
- 6–20 August 2012
This sale represents the culmination of several years invested in client relationships by our North American Specialists. To create this benchmark sale for Christie’s we reached out to a very small group of known and reliable clients whose provenance is second to none. Our inaugural Signature Cellars sale is a closely curated mix of collectible blue-chip wines and approachably-priced selections, each with a representative lot illustration for your viewing pleasure. Wine aficionados will find everything from ‘82 Lafite and Latour at the high-end to hard-to-source California cult wines from Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle. In keeping with our sentiment of something-for-everyone, there are also great rarities that will inspire any serious wine devotee looking to broaden their cellar, including pre and post-war vintages, magnums of fine Champagne and imperials of Classified Crus, top Châteauneuf-du-Pape in all formats, beautifully-aged rare Vintage Port, and a highly desirable swath of beloved Bandol wines from the legendary Domaine Tempier.
We greatly look forward to your interest and participation with our new sale format. Please know you can reach out to any member of our staff to learn more about this exciting sale, on how to register to bid or to schedule a viewing appointment.
Courtesy Luxuo and Christie's
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