News-Antique.com - Nov 29,2007 - New York - Following a change of regulation for the State of New York in August of this year,
Christie’s announced plans to hold the first liquor auction in New York since Prohibition began in
1920. The Christie's International Wine Department now announces full details of this historic
auction and will conduct the sale as part of its December 8 Fine Wines and Spirits offering at its
Rockefeller Galleries in midtown New York.
Since the change in law, Christie's accepted consignments of vintage cognac, armagnac, whiskies
and other traditional spirits to ensure an exceptional selection for the upcoming sale. Over 100 lots
of spirits will be offered, sourced from the best collections in America, and include 1811 cognacs
named for Napoléon, an incredible wealth of The Macallan whisky, Erté Collection cognac, Coeur
de Lion calvados, Chartreuse and 18th century Crème de Thé. Estimates for the spirits section range
from $300 to $100,000, and in its entirety, the spirits selection is expected to realize in the region of
Richard Brierley, Head of Wine Sales, Christie’s Americas, says: “We are delighted to bring to the
New York market the first selection of spirits to be offered at auction since Prohibition. We have
been holding such sales in Europe for over a decade, and among the most sought-after bottles by
international collectors are the very best spirits, both traditional French and whiskies. At the
forefront of the international markets, Christie’s is best placed to source the finest examples for this
inaugural New York sale, offered to the public at the start of this year’s holiday season.”
"Christie's has put together an outstanding collection of rare distilled spirits for this historic
auction," said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy, whose organization lobbied in
support of the new law. "New York is the global trend-setter, and it's entirely fitting that the law
was changed to permit spirits auctions in the state."
• A bottle of 1926 Macallan, one of the world's most expensive whiskies. Bottled in 1986 after
spending a remarkable sixty years in wood barrel (estimate: $20,000-30,000). Along with the
bottle of 1926, a number of other remarkable Macallan’s will be offered, from the 1930s to
the 1970s - all of these whiskies were bottled at the distillery.
• A Scottish whisky Superlot: an incredible one time offering of over seven hundred
individual bottlings of single malts, vatted and blended whiskies (estimate: $70,000-100,000).
This roll call of great distilleries offers any buyer a comprehensive Scotch library, sourced
from one collector’s work over three decades.
• A bottle of straight rye whiskey made from George Washington’s recipe for the first time in
200 years, produced at the George Washington Distillery in 2003 by some of America’s
leading master distillers. Proceeds from the sale will go to support The George Washington
Orientation and Education Center at Historic Mount Vernon (estimate: $10,000-20,000).
• A select offering of the fine cognacs, including a bottle of Cognac Grande Fine Champagne
named for Impératrice Josephine 1811 ($4,000-6,000);