Vintage & Modern Wines & Spirits

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Friday 06 November 2020

Commencing at 5:00pm

Bedford Auction Centre


Wednesday 4th November 9am - 5pm
Viewing for this sale is available with restrictions.
A limited number of people will be permitted in the salerooms at any one time and strict social distancing measures will be in place.
All customers must wear a face covering.

Wednesday 4th November 9am – 5pm

Payment and Click & Collect
During November please note the following arrangements for payment and collection of lots.

Once the sale has finished, successful buyers will be emailed an invoice including details to make a bank transfer. Payment is strictly by bank transfer only.

Collection is strictly by appointment.

This can be made by either this link – Click & Collect or by phoning 01234 266 366.

Please make sure you give your client reference and surname

Entrance to the Auction Centre car park will only be permitted with an appointment. Upon arrival you will be directed where to park and wait in your vehicle. A porter will collect and place your purchases near to your vehicle and you will be responsible for loading.

Please note that our staff will be strictly adhering to social distancing rules during the collection (i.e. keeping a distance of at least two meters) and that customers will not be permitted to enter the Auction Centre.

In this challenging year we have had to change many things including when and how we conduct our Auctions. We hope to resume the traditional events when restrictions are lifted. In the meantime you can still bid live online and hear the Auctioneer or leave commission bids as before.

Once again we have a mixture of Whisky and Spirits both young and old, large and small. Of particular note are a Smiths Glenlivet 1968 bottled in 1983, a number of The Arran Malt Founders Reserve, a collection of Bourbon Whiskey, some fine XO Cognacs, some old bottlings of Crawfords 5 star with Spring cap, a 1940s VAT 69, Dunhill Old Master, Martell Cordon Bleu & a Sea Lord Navy Rum. There are also a number of modern bottlings suitable for Christmas!

This time we have less quantity but more quality Ports. Exceptional vintages include Niepoort’s 1945 & 1933 Vintage, Sandeman’s & Cockburn’s 1908 vintage as well as Grahams 1963, a Veiga Franca Boal Solera 1930 Madeira and others along with some sweet pudding wines and cigars.

We are happy to offer a selection of Champagne including a number of vintage Dom Perignon, Moet et Chandon, Bollinger and more as well as some younger ones.

The range of wines goes from first Growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild, through Clarets, Riojas, a number of Hungarian wines and many new world wines including a Jeroboam, Magnums and small bottles. You can view the full listing online with photos.

Note: We are already accepting entries for the next sale.


Please note this sale will be held live on the internet. Whilst you can view as detailed above, we cannot allow bidding in person on the day*.

*These conditions are subject to change and dependent upon Government guidance.

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

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.

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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

An old Rare bottle of Crawford's Five Star Blended Whisky with spring cap & box circa 1950's 70 proof

Sold for £200

A bottle of Moet et Chandon Cuvee Dom Perignon vintage 1964 Champagne

Sold for £260

A Rare old bottle of Sandeman 1908 Vintage Port, no label (ullage top shoulder)

Sold for £500

A case of 12 bottles of Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac 2005 with own wooden case

Sold for £900

A case of 12 bottles of Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2004 St Julien with own wooden box

Sold for £550

An old bottle of Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Vintage 1955 Champagne

Sold for £380

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 Jeroboam of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne with own wooden box 12% 3 litre

Sold for £220

An old bottle of Niepoort's 1933 Vintage Port with wooden box (ullage top shoulder). A very rare vintage with a low yield.

Sold for £410

An old bottle of Caroni 90 Proof Extra Strong Navy Rum from Trinidad circa mid 1970's 90 proof 51% 75cl 26.4fl oz

Sold for £1,100

A bottle of Glen Grant 49 year old Highland Malt Scotch Whisky selected for La Maison Du Whisky, bottled by Gordon & Macphail, Distilled 12 August 1956. Bottled 1st December 2005. Cask Type Refill Sherry Butt. Limited Edition of 459 bottles. 46% 70cl

Sold for £750

4 half size bottles of Chartreuse, 1x Verte Green boxed and sealed 55% 35cl, 1x Jaune yellow boxed and sealed no size stated, 1x Green 96proof 12 fl oz & 1x Yellow 35cl no strength stated

Sold for £460

An old and rare bottle of Kinloch's K22 Special Reserve Rare Old Liqueur Scotch Whisky by C Kinloch & Co ltd London Circa 1940's/50's no size nor strength stated (ullage mid shoulder, lead seal intact, some scuffing and label incomplete as per photo)

Sold for £320

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