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Skinner Offers a Worldly Tour of Fine Wines & Rare Spirits in Online Auction, February 23 – March 2

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1988 (Estimate: $1,600-2,400)

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1988 (Estimate: $1,600-2,400)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s February Fine Wines online auction of over 700 lots features a broad range of cellars and styles from classic Claret to reigning Napa royalty and Pre-Prohibition American whiskey. Highlights include such luminaries as 1982 Cheval Blanc, 1990 Mouton Rothschild, 1990 A. Clape Cornas, an impressive selection of Colgin in original wood, 1919 Old Crow Rye, and Highland Park 1958 40 Year Old.

Tasting at Lower Falls Wine Company

A tasting of auction highlights and a chance to meet experts from Skinner’s Fine Wines department will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 1:30-4:30 PM at Lower Falls Wine Company.

Fine Wines

The auction opens with an enticing array of first-growth Bordeaux including 1990 Chateau Latour (9 bottles, Lot 1019, Estimated Between $4,250-5,400) and from the Right Bank the superb 1982 Chateau Cheval Blanc (8 bottles, Lot 1078, $4,500-6,500).

A. Clape Cornas 1990 (Estimate: $2,000-2,800)

A. Clape Cornas 1990 (Estimate: $2,000-2,800)

Moving south, The Rhone is represented in rare form with Auguste Clape’s 1990 Cornas (8 bottles, Lot 1166, $2,000-2,800) and then on to Italy for a true treat; Gaja’s 1982 Barbaresco in original wood (12 bottles, Lot 1207, $1,700-2,200). For those looking for more immediate enjoyment there is plenty of ready-to-drink Piedmont and Tuscan finds on offer, from stellar vintages such as 1997 and 2009.

From California a stunning duo of Ridge Monte Bello from the 1985 vintage is just about as good as it gets (2 bottles, Lot 1330, $1,000-1,500). Napa royalty reigns supreme with offerings from Colgin and Chateau Montelena Estate, all bucket-list worthy.

The Fine Wines section concludes with an abundant offering of Australian wines to round out the cellar and with just enough age to delight guests. Whether your tastes lean towards the new world or old, vintage or young, classic or avant-garde, this auction truly offers something for everyone.

Rare Spirits

Selection of Highland Park Whisky on Offer

Selection of Highland Park Whisky on Offer

Both seasoned collectors and buyers just getting acquainted with the world of fine spirits will discover a range of offerings at a variety of price points.

The auction features a wide array of fine and rare spirits from modern collectibles like Van Winkle Selection 17 Years Old Lot “H” (Lot 1695, $4,000-5,000) and Highland Park 1958 40 Years Old (Lot 1427, $3,000-4,000) to older rare bottles featuring Weller Antique Barrel Proof c. 1967 (Lot 1683, $3,000-4,000), and Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 1958 10 Years Old (Lot 1674 , $2,500-3,000).

Buffalo Trace Distillery has made a special bottling of 3 vintages called OFC, Old Fashioned Copper, from 1980 (100 bottles), 1982 (50 bottles), and 1983 (50 bottles) and distributed them to 200 charities nationwide. Skinner is pleased to be selling four of these Buffalo Trace bottles to help maximize the fundraising efforts of four different charities. Skinner is waiving both buyer and seller fees for these bottles, with each bottle estimated to bring $5,000-10,000.

OFC Old Fashioned Copper 1980

OFC Old Fashioned Copper 1980

The charities Skinner is assisting include:

Liberty Hall Historic Site, Situated alongside the Kentucky River, Liberty Hall is the 1796 home of Senator John Brown and is recognized by the US Government as a National Historic Landmark with outstanding historical significance.

Franklin County Humane Society, An open admission animal shelter and the contract animal welfare agency for Frankfort and Franklin County. They reunite or rehome over 80% of the more than 1800 animals they take in annually including over 95% of the dogs.

Sweet Blessings, A non-profit organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, which creates unforgettable birthday cakes for children living in poverty or with life threatening illnesses.

Swedish Medical Center Foundation, Supporting the Swedish Neuroscience Institute which brings leading-edge treatments for brain, spine and central nervous system conditions to the Pacific Northwest.

Catalog and Bidding

The February Fine Wines Online auction combines the convenience of an online platform with the confidence that each lot comes from carefully vetted cellars and is backed by expert knowledge. To arrange for a preview, please contact the Fine Wines Department at 508-970-3246 or finewines@skinnerinc.com

View the catalog on the Skinner website to see the current bid, asking bid, and time remaining for each lot in the auction, in addition to detailed images and condition information. Log in or create an account to start bidding when the auction opens on Thursday, February 23 at 12PM; lots begin closing on Thursday, March 2 at 2PM. Experts are available throughout the auction to answer questions and provide additional information about the lots offered.

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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