Liquor auctions return to NY

New York's first liquor auction since Prohibition is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, at Christie's Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.

"This historic auction is a perfect opportunity for collectors and connoisseurs to bid on rare and extraordinary liquors," said Frank Coleman, senior vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

DISCUS lobbied strongly in favor of the law passed this summer allowing spirits auctions. Effectively as well, as shown by the fact that the bill passed the State Senate 58-1 on June 19, unanimously passed the Assembly on June 20, and was signed into law by Gov. Elliot Spitzer on Aug. 15.

Six other states -- Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Texas -- and the District of Columbia also allow liquor auctions.

Among items up for bid on Dec. 8 will be a rare bottle of 1926 Macallan, one of the most expensive whiskies in the world; a bottle of Cognac Grande Fine Champagne named for Imperatrice Josephine 1811; the Napoleon Cognac of the legendary
Halley's comet vintage of 1811, and, one of the first bottles of George Washington's Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey made in over 200 years by a team of America's leading master distillers in 2003.

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