NOTE: The LCBO is allowing live on-line bidding at the Vintages Fine Auction Nov. 12-14. Here’s the press release issued Nov. 8 from the LCBO.
The LCBO and Waddingtonâ€™s Auctioneers are inviting wine enthusiasts from around the world to bid live over the Internet during this yearâ€™s Vintages Finest and Rarest Wines Auction being held November 12-14 at Waddingtonâ€™s Galleries in Toronto.
â€œThe addition of Internet bidding puts this annual auction on par with the worldâ€™s best,â€ according to Barry Oâ€™Brien, LCBO Corporate Affairs Director and a chief organizer of the auction.
The Internet bidding is facilitated through web provider Artfact.com. Collectors can also bid in person at Waddingtonâ€™s Galleries at 111 Bathurst Street, in writing or by phone, fax or email.
More than 2,300 lots of rare wines valued at $3.1 million will be up for bid at this yearâ€™s auction. The selection will feature many first-time offerings, including top Burgundy vintages, such as Domaine RomanÃ©e-Conti, in 1,500 mL bottles, and highly-prized vintage Bordeaux in their original wood cases. There are also rare pre-World War II vintages and classic Champagnes.
All wines consigned to auction are stored in temperature and humidity-controlled conditions.
â€œThe popularity of collecting wine as an investment grows every year,â€œ notes Oâ€™Brien. â€œMost wines offered at auction will appreciate in value, especially rare and acclaimed vintages so auctions are an excellent way to build a wine portfolio. This is also an opportunity to buy wines that arenâ€™t available through any other channels.â€
The Vintages auction features three bidding sessions, the first one starting at 6:00 p.m. on November 12 and running until bidding closes.Â On November 13 and 14, sessions will start at 10 a.m. and last until bidding closes.
â€œWe are pleased to work with the LCBO to present this world-class auction,â€ says Waddingtonâ€™s President Duncan McLean. â€œOur experience with fine art and our network of international clients provide an excellent basis for this partnership.â€
Auction catalogues are available for $20 at the auction itself, or as a download at www.vintages.com/auction.Â Previous auction customers will receive complimentary copies.Â For questions and registration, contact Vintages Auction Co-ordinator John Yoxall at 416-864-6821 or by e-mail at email@example.com .
Waddingtonâ€™s is a Toronto-based, Canadian-owned and operated company that has been in the auction and appraisal business since 1850, and is considered Canadaâ€™s largest purveyor of international calibre fine art.
Here’s a direct link the wines being auctioned: