Wine Spectator: Michael Broadbent, Father of Modern Wine Auctions, Dies at 92March 19, 2020
Michael Broadbent, whose untiring passion and curiosity for wine helped build the modern wine auction market, has died in England. He was 92.
As senior director for Christie’s fine wine department for 26 years and then a consultant for another 17 years, Broadbent built the London-based auction house into a major power broker in wine auctions, bringing new attention to the rare wine market. His work and his meticulous tasting methods made him a renowned expert in collectible wines.
“Michael was a pioneer and leader in the specialized world of fine wine auctions,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “He brought an elegant sophistication to the events he moderated at our Wine Experience gatherings, and earned our Distinguished Service Award in 1991. Michael was one of a kind.” Wine Spectator has more on Broadbent’s life and career.—Mitch FrankSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.