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News Briefs for May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

•Nearly everything has gone virtual, and that includes auctions. Though internet auction houses have long offered whisky fans an opportunity to bid from home, and live auctions typically include a remote-bidding component, since lockdowns began across most of the world, there have been few opportunities for the excitement of a rapid-fire sale with real human beings at the podium controlling the rising bids. But Acker Merrall & Condit hopes to retain the heart-stopping drama of the live auction during its $2 million online spirits sale on May 28. This will be Acker’s third Hong Kong-based auction dedicated to fine and rare spirits, following its debut a year ago. Unlike that first foray, the quality of cataloguing for this sale has improved immensely with good, clear images and accurate descriptions of each lot. Whisky Advocate has a preview.

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