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Whisky Advocate: Hart Davis Hart Launches Largest Spirits-Only Auction In U.S. History

February 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 McCormick

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