Whisky Advocate: Hart Davis Hart Launches Largest Spirits-Only Auction In U.S. HistoryFebruary 25, 2019
Bidding has opened on Hart Davis Hart’s mobile-only auction of fine and rare spirits, which the Chicago-based wine auction house claims will be the largest spirits-only auction in U.S. history. Just over half of the 1,656 lots are American whiskey, roughly a third are Scotch, and the remainder are Japanese and other world whiskies and miscellaneous spirits. Hart Davis Hart (HDH) predicts the mobile-only auction will realize $1 million-$1.6 million over the two-day sale March 14-15. Bids will be placed using the HDH app or website, with no in-person bidding.
Online auctions are a way for whisky lovers in far-flung locales to get hold of rare bottles, but a high level of trust is required. In the case of remote bidding, that trust relies on both the auction house’s reputation and multiple, high-quality images of every bottle, drawing attention to any damage to the labels, and providing uncensored close-ups on the closure, one of the most vulnerable areas for fake whiskies. Whisky Advocate has the full story.—Jonny McCormickSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.