Spectrum Wine Auctions Goes Global on April 24 with Aubrey McClendon Collection Pt 2 Dr. George Primbs Historic Collection

Just when you thought wine auctions couldn’t get any better, here’s another killer auction from Spectrum Wine Auctions that is truly outstanding and actually seems slated to beat last year’s auction! With dual & simulataneous auctions in Orange County, CA and also Hong Kong, anyone can participate in this auction in-person, by phone or online including bidding!
The auction takes place simultaneously on Saturday, April 24 at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, and on Sunday, April 25 at Crown Wine Cellars in Hong Kong
The Spectrum Wine Auction Lot 138/1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

“The auction will be live and truly synchronized to our two luxurious locations, with auctioneers and video simulcasts at each,” Roberts added. “Charlie Palmer is one of Orange County’s most amazing destinations for fine dining and wine, and we are also very happy to return to Crown Wine Cellars, a historic venue that is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s finest wine cellar facilities and a center of the Hong Kong wine world. Each location will provide our bidders with the ultimate fine auction experience.”

Lot #400. Château La Conseillante 1989
Amanda Keston, Spectrum’s director of client services, is bullish about the Spring Auction. “The wine-auction market has turned the corner,” she explained in a recent interview, “both with interest from American and particularly Asian collectors.” Hong Kong has recently overtaken London as the world’s second largest auction market, she added.

“Our goal is to keep the auctions lively and exciting. We combine the thrill of the sale with entertainment and education,” she continues. “It’s fun if you have waves of wine coming out for everyone to try. At the November auction, we had endless amounts of champagne throughout the evening, and we poured some bottles of Lafite, Latour, and Haut-Brion, just to make it more of a celebration.”

Here is a podcast with Amanda Keston about this upcoming auction.

The two principal consignors represent two ends of the spectrum. First is Aubrey McClendon, one of the greatest American wine collectors and co-founder and CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corporation. McClendon was a voracious collector. Spectrum’s director of sales and consignments Mario Sculatti said,

“Aubrey cuts to the core of what’s important in collecting. He collects the best vintages in depth of cases and large format sizes, approaching his collecting seriously and methodically without being tempted by lesser vintages.”

Wines from McClendon’s vast collection formed the backbone of Spectrum’s 2009 auction, which brought in nearly $3.5 million overall with 100% of lots sold.
Lot 327 1989 Chateau Palmer
Santa Barbara resident, community leader and winemaker Dr. George Primbs has quietly been collecting wine for half a century. Dr. Primbs co-founded and is chairman of the board of Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE), a charitable organization that provides worldwide medical, surgical, and educational services through volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the primary objective of restoring sight and transforming lives. He is a researcher at the Neuroscience Institute at UC Santa Barbara; clinical professor of ophthalmology at UCLA; and president and medical director of the Santa Barbara Eye Foundation. According to Dr Primbs,

“Once you become a collector, you seek more and more. It’s human nature to acquire those things you value and now I call them my Liquid Assets! I share with my friends and their birth years are in my collection, so we have a great time looking through my cellar. When I share a rare wine with my tasting buddies I appreciate their appreciation as they also share with me. It is a very satisfying human social thing.”

Dr. Primbs plans to use some of the proceeds realized from the sale to conduct diabetes research.
Why buy wine at auction?
Many reasons but you can sometimes snag bottles for much less than their value. Also there are a slew of upcoming events like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day (think about dad.. and how much he would love this), graduations, weddings (beyond amazing gifts) and don’t forget thinking ahead to the holidays 2010.
You won’t find these bottles at these prices anywhere else.– that’s the bottom line!
For more information about Spectrum Wine Auction, visit www.spectrumwine.com
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Spectrum Wine Auctions, based in Irvine, Calif., delivers a worldwide buying, selling and appraisal venue for collectors of rare and fine vintage wines. Live and online wine auctions span the globe and offer bidders and consignors alike the opportunity to collect and sell their favorite wines of the world with confidence and ease. Spectrum Wine Auctions is a division of Spectrum Group International, Inc., which includes first-class auction houses in numismatics, philately, and fine arms and militaria, as well as trading and financing on a wide array of collectibles, including coins, precious metals and currency, bullion, and guns and militaria.
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