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August 15, 2012

Divine Wines Online at Christie’s

Christie’s Makes History with its First Exclusively Online Global Wine Auction Through Aug. 20

By Nancy Staab

Land an ’82 Lafite,  cult Screaming Eagle or storied magnum of Champagne merely by logging on














On the heels of the raging success of the online component of the Elizabeth Taylor auction, Christie’s is putting some of its best wines on the block for an historic online-only auction entitled “Signature Cellars” through August 20. Here’s the lowdown from Christie’s official press release:

“As with all of Christie’s auctions of fine and rare wines, Signature Cellars brings together a closely curated mix of blue-chip wines from the old world and the new, along with approachably priced selections suitable for holding or enjoying now.  At the top end, collectors will find everything from ‘82 Lafite and Latour to hard-to-source California cult wines from Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle. There are also great rarities that will inspire any serious collector looking to broaden their cellar, including magnums of fine Champagne and imperials of Bordeaux, beautifully-aged Port, and a swath of much-loved Bandol wines from Domaine Tempier.  Estimates start as low as $200 and go as high as $35,000. The total sale of 301 lots is estimated to achieve in excess of $750,000.”

“Beginning July 9, wine collectors can browse the sale’s 301 lots of fine and rare wines online, when the e-catalogue for the sale goes live at Online bidding for all lots opens on August 6 and continues for two weeks. Clients will click to register their bids, and receive updates throughout the two weeks on the progress of their desired lots. Bidding will close on August 20, with each lot awarded to the highest bid at closing time. All payment is by credit card, and bidding registration is open to all clients, anywhere in the world.”

Highlights of the auction include:  a dozen bottles of Chateau Cheval-Blanc 2000, Saint-Emilion, 1er grand cru;  a dozen bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, 1982, Pauillac, 1er cru classé; and a double magnum of Bandol La Tourtine, 2001, Domaine-bottled: Tempier.

For more info and to register to bid through Aug. 20, visit.