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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    I think it's great that all the bloggers have picked up on this and started writing about it. Besides the ones listed, K&L also mentioned it in their spirits blog. If Bonham's is not curating their auctions honestly, then they can and should lose reputation over it. Eventually fewer people will want to deal with them and they will lose the market. Once the "collectors" find out they're being had they'll get rightfully pissed too. I think it is pretty brazen of Bonhams, there isn't really any plausible deniability here.

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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    Quote Originally Posted by berto View Post
    Bonham's ought to be ashamed. Caveat emptor? Sure, but Bonham's knowingly sold items that were obviously misrepresented. I'd like to think Bonham's was at least slightly better than the local flea market but I guess not. I'd rather deal with a shady guy and his collection "found" items.
    I was about to post the the same sentiment - well said.

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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    I liked the 17 year vertical EWSB collection - sold for $280/bottle, including the current 2002 bottle. Makes my 3 year vertical at $23/bottle look purrty delectable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MauiSon View Post
    I liked the 17 year vertical EWSB collection - sold for $280/bottle, including the current 2002 bottle. Makes my 3 year vertical at $23/bottle look purrty delectable.
    Here's hoping that was only because the EWSB auction was for charity. They were John Hansell's bottles, he has a new blog post about it.

    These auction prices are just crazy. 3 year EWSB vertical at $23 each, on the other hand - a great value!
    Last edited by HighInTheMtns; 11-01-2012 at 17:18.
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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    Seems to be a bit of a blog battle going on over the Whisky Advocate article about the Bonham auction debacle. I don't subscribe to it currently so I haven't seen the reported defense of the auction house but the defense of their original criticism on the LA Whisk(e)y website seems pretty compelling!
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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    Caveat emptor...Best to know what you buy before you buy it.

    A problem with Bonhams is that they hold themselves out as an appraiser.

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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    I'm amused that Bonham's defense is that they were too lazy to do a good job. McCormick's assertion that that Bonhams had no motive is silly on its face and Adam's blog post puts that to bed.

    As for WA, I understand that they are not going to rock the boat and that's fine but the decision to wade into this conflict on the side of Bonhams was not a good one.
    Last edited by Josh; 04-02-2013 at 05:28.
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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I'm amused that Bonham's defense is that they were too lazy to do a good job. McCormick's assertion that that Bonhams had no motive is silly on its face and Adam's blog post puts that to bed.

    As for WA, I understand that they are not going to rock the boat and that's fine but the decision to wade into this conflict on the side of Bonhams was not a good one.
    I would have thought that they had enough bad press about this already. Not sure why WA is helping them double down.

    My favorite is the "Gran Old Peel" 1996 vintage that they list as "circa 1950's." I guess Bonhams is taking a longer view than most.
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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisko View Post
    My favorite is the "Gran Old Peel" 1996 vintage that they list as "circa 1950's." I guess Bonhams is taking a longer view than most.
    Yes, that was my favorite too.
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    Re: Bonham's Whiskey Auction

    While checking in on the Master Distiller's Unity Bottling, I couldn't help but laugh at this one.

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21015/lot/21/

    I've got a "rare 42% MM" (hell - still see them on shelves!). Who in their right mind would pay nearly $400 for what retailed for $50 or $60? Not back in the 60s - we're talking within the past year?? The ORVW can be hard to come by, but really?
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