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Skinner to Auction Fine Wines March 14th in Boston

“”The introduction of the Fine Wines department has opened the door to an entirely new clientele for Skinner,”” said Marie Keep, director of the Fine Wines. “”Were seeing cross-collection interest from these buyers, many of whom have since participated in our antiques and arts auctions. Keep continued, “”The activity crosses the other way as well, as our long time patrons of our fine arts and antiques auctions are delving into this new collectible category of fine wines.””

As the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction, Skinner offers both seasoned and new collectors the opportunity to bid on such excellent vintages as six bottles of the immortal 1870 Lafite Rothschild, bottled by the Scottish negociants Thomson and Lauder; two lots of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 (12 bts, est. $15/25,000 and 11 bts est. $12/18,000); and two 12 bottle lots of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 (est. $10/15,000 each). A 2000 first growth horizontal lot Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Mouton, Haut Brion ($3/5,000) is also on the block.

The rich offerings of Right Bank Bordeaux is led by cases of 1975 and 1982 Chateau Petrus (est. $10/15,000 and $30/45,000 respectively); also highlighted is Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Lafleur, and Chateau La Conseillante. Rounding out the Bordeaux selection is Chateau dYquem, as well as a wonderful collection of demi bottles from the Chateaux Rieussec, Climens, and Lafaurie Peyraguey.

Cult stature California Cabernets are plentiful, with vertical lots of Araujo (est. $1,7/2,500) and Phelps Insignia (est. $900/1,200), as well as single bottles of Screaming Eagle 1996 (est. $1,5/2,500) and 1998 (est. 1,2/1,800); Dalla Valle, Harlan, and Silver Oak are also represented.

Finally, some rare burgundies grace the auction, lead by a bottle of Domaine Romanee Conti 1971 (est. $3,5/5,500).

Skinner is currently accepting consignments for its September 2008 auction of Fine Wines and can accept a single noteworthy bottle or an entire collection. For more information on Skinners Fine Wines department, please contact Marie Keep at 617-350-5400 x1296 or finewines@skinnerinc.com.

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About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art and the only major auction house headquartered in New England.  With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices.  Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business.   Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Paintings & Prints, English & Continental Furniture & Decorations, Fine Ceramics, Jewelry, Couture, 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Art, Fine Judaica, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Science & Technology, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, and Discovery.  Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Bolton, Mass.  For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com.

About Lower Falls Wine Co

Based in Newton, Massachusetts, Lower Falls, founded in 1935, is a third generation family owned wine business dedicated to unparalleled personal service and the knowledge of wines proper place in todays lifestyle. Co-owners Christopher and Philip Minervino head a dedicated staff who will assist in many aspects of the auction process, while providing client and logistical support at the time of property release.

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