Vintage & Modern Wines & Spirits

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Saturday 02 November 2019

Commencing at 10:30am

Bedford Auction Centre


Friday 1st November 9.00am until 8.00pm
Morning of sale from 8.30am

Auction Collection & Clearance Service Available

We invite entries of vintage and classic wines and spirits as well as more everyday drinks and we are happy to give free sales value advice. We can often do this from an emailed photograph or you can bring down to us

Winter Auction Sale of Vintage & Modern Wines & Spirits

Our Winter Sale in now catalogued and online.

We are pleased to offer a lot of quality winter drinking as well as Collectables in this sale.

We start with Whisky and Spirits. There are a number of rarities and older bottlings for the collectors from a few different Whisky collections as well as some to drink. We have Ceramic decanters, limited Editions, older and younger bottlings and also many fine XO and other Cognacs, Armagnacs, Calvados, Gin and exotic spirits, over 100 lots this time.

As the weather cools, so the thoughts change to savouring an evening glass of Port (or two) and we have a great selection of Vintage and other fine Ports to choose from with lots from single bottles up to wooden cases of 12! We have examples from Vintages in 1920, 1934, 1948, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972,  1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1999 & 2001, over 50 lots and dessert wines too. The Oldest Vintage in the Sale however goes to a bottle of Christopher’s Bual 1878 Madeira! Aptly there is a fine decanting cradle in the sale to help with the sediment.

In this Sale, from a deceased estate, we have a collection of Cigars with 4 humidors, accessories and well over 700 assorted cigars including Cuban and mostly larger sizes with some dating back to 1990.

The Champagnes are not so numerous but we still have some vintage Dom Perignon & Moet. However there is a wide range of other liqueurs and cocktail drinks to distract you.

We have our best range of top quality Clarets to date this time from a number of cellars with fine examples from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Latour, Cheval Blanc, Talbot, Palmer, Clarke, Smith Haut Lafitte, Lagrange, Angludet and more. From further afield there are a number of wines from Tuscany, Rioja, and Australian Penfold’s Grange and many more for you to browse at different price brackets down to more everday wines from house clearances etc.

There are some collections of Miniatures and Ales including a Bass Prince of Wales 1929 Brew and a Queen’s Ale from 1962 for the brave or the collector.

See you at the Sale!

Next Sale February 8th 2020. Entries Invited


Rare bottle of The Clan Denny North of Scotland Distillery Vintage 1973 Single Grain Single Cask 38 year old Scotch Whisky with carton from Barrel HH9078 52% 70cl Est £200 – £300

For larger consignments please contact the auctioneer
Chris Armstrong

We can accept entries at any of our Auction Centres or valuation days. Entries can be accepted via courier or post by prior arrangement and we have a collection service for larger consignments.

Condition Reports
Condition reports and further images of lots are available for this sale via the website

Illustrated catalogues are available for all Antique and Specialist sales. (£5.00 by post). These sales can also be viewed on–line 10 days prior to the auction.

Entries are accepted up to three weeks prior to a Specialist sale or by prior arrangement, please contact the nearest office for further details.


An Adorini Venezia Deluxe lift top Cigar Humidor with key, Akar digital display and contents of approx 80 various cigars Est £300 – £500

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Mailing & Postage
The Auctioneers do not provide an in-house postage and packaging service.

For smaller items and international shipping we recommend Mailboxes Etc:
St Loyes House, 20 St. Loyes Street, Bedford MK40 1ZL
Tel: 01234 305544

Purchasers are welcome to use their own couriers but they must give the auctioneers at least 24 hours’ notice prior to the collection.

For larger items, please contact the auctioneers on 01234 266366 and they can recommend local delivery drivers or national couriers.

Recent Highlights

Recent sale results from this auction are displayed below. To view highlights from other auctions, click here.

Wines & Spirits

A bottle of Krug 1985 Brut Champagne with box

Sold for £280

An old limited edition decanter of Renault & Co Vieille Fine Champagne Cognac selection of Renault with stopper, wax seal over cork and presentation box, estimated circa 1950's.

Sold for £500

An old bottle of Charles Wells ltd Star Fish Finest Old Rum, Horne Lane Brewery Bedford circa 1950s/1960's, no size nor strength stated (ullage mid shoulder)

Sold for £220

An old bottle of The Old Blend Scotch Whisky of the White Horse Cellar, bottled 1955 and By Appointment To The Late King George VI, 70 proof no size stated estimated 75cl

Sold for £380

A bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal 1981 Brut Champagne 75cl

Sold for £200

A bottle of The Macallan 10 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, old style label and bottle with tin 70cl 40%

Sold for £350

A Quintessential Islay 1 litre pack circa 1990's containing old style Laphroaig 10 year old & Ardbeg 15 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies 50cl 43% each

Sold for £420

A bottle of George & JG Smith's Glenlivet All Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky distilled in 1938 and bottled by Gordon & Macphail circa 1980's 75cl 40%

Sold for £1,000

An old bottle of Governor General Jamaica Rum by W&A Gilbey, By Appointment to the Late King George V, Circa late 1930's. 30 under proof when bottled, 1/6 gallon approx. (Note the cork is uncovered but appears unopened)

Sold for £520

A bottle of The MACALLAN 18 year old Single Highland alt Scotch Whisky, Distilled in 1978, bottled in 1996, 43% 70cl.

Sold for £1,400

An old bottle of Laphroaig 10 year old Unblended Malt Scotch Whiskey from the isle of Islay with carton, circa 1980's

Sold for £400

2 bottles of Chateau Palmer 1996 Margaux

Sold for £220

A Louis XIII de Remy Martin Grande Champagne Cognac ''Celebrate the Moment'' miniature in numbered Baccarat Crystal Decanter in sealed gift box, old style with bar code

Sold for £240

A bottle of Glenrothes Glenlivet 42 years old Pure Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled 1932 Bottled 1974 by The Highland Distilleries Co ltd Rothes Morayshire

Sold for £2100

A bottle of Cossart Gordon Bual Vintage 1920 Medium Sweet Madeira Wine 75cl (ullage into neck)

Sold for £310

2 bottles of Grand Vin De Chateau Latour 1991 Premier Grand Cru Classe Pauillac

Sold for £360

An old bottle of The Old Blend Scotch Whisky of the White Horse Cellar with spring cap, Royal Warrant by the Queen and intact seal circa 1950's/60's No size nor strenght stated

Sold for £460

A quantity of cigars, 1 box of 25 Partagas Panetelas from Cuba (sealed), a box of 10 Royal Jamaica coronas & a part box of 12 Josel Piedra Habana, Cuban Coronas Cortas

Sold for £220

An old bottle of Nikka Gold & Gold Samuri Edition Whisky from Tokyo Japan circa 1970, no size nor strength stated (estimated 43% 75cl)

Sold for £310

A bottle of The MACALLAN 18 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled in 1970, bottled in 1988, 43% 75cl

Sold for £1,700