18th cen­tury spir­its sale @ Christie’s

SALE AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK DEC 7th, 2018

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Christie’s an­nounces the sale of a se­lec­tion from one of the most ex­ten­sive early col­lec­tions of Madeira in the United States, dat­ing to the 18th-19th cen­turies. Re­cently re­dis­cov­ered at The Lib­erty Hall Mu­seum at Kean Uni­ver­sity, New Jer­sey, a se­lec­tion will be in­cluded in the auc­tion Finest Wines and Spir­its, In­clud­ing The Lib­erty Hall Mu­seum Col­lec­tion of His­toric Madeira and an ex­tra­or­di­nary Col­lec­tion of Pre­pro­hi­bi­tion Whiskey on De­cem­ber 7 at Christie’s New York.

Dis­cov­ered dur­ing a six-month refurbishment project, al­most three cases of Madeira wine from 1796 and ap­prox­i­mately 40 demi­johns from the 1820s, were dis­cov­ered from the Lib­erty Hall Mu­seum in 2015. Dur­ing the wine cel­lar restora­tion, the mu­seum ex­posed the orig­i­nal brick floor­ing that had been cov­ered by a layer of con­crete, and re­moved an ex­tra wall, likely erected dur­ing the Pro­hi­bi­tion era, to re­veal nu­mer­ous cases that had been nailed shut for nearly a cen­tury.

The De­cem­ber 2018 Christie’s auc­tion will in­clude an of­fer­ing from this his­toric dis­cov­ery, high­lighted by a se­lec­tion of demi­johns that were recorked in Oc­to­ber 2018 in part­ner­ship with APCOR, The Por­tuguese Cork As­so­ci­a­tion, and cat­a­logued un­der the ex­per­tise of Fran­cisco Al­bu­querque, Wine­maker for the Blandy's Madeira Wine Com­pany, S.A., and Ed­win Vos, Head of Wine at Christie’s. Fea­tured lots in­clude Lenox Madeira, im­ported by the Late Robert Lenox Esq. via Philadel­phia in 1796, bot­tled in the Sum­mer of 1798, Re-bot­tled in June 1888 (es­ti­mate: $6,000-8,000 per bot­tle); Madeira 1846, Old Ser­cial in demi­john, recorked in 1871 and in Oc­to­ber 2018 (es­ti­mate: $35,000-55,000 per 5-gal­lon demi­john).

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