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A bottle salvaged from a ship which was wrecked in 1898 off the Galloway Coast. The bottle is unopened, still sealed with original lead capsule and in very good condition.[/b]
(I say this not having looked at the item and taking the the posters at their word for the descriptions.)
One further comment in respect of the label, I do not think sticking a copy label to the bottle affects it in anyway as it can easily be removed if it offends, it was purely for information.
dustydot wrote:Why not, you will never get another chance and it can only increase in value as it is a one of.
Like Whiskyhammer, I would not bid more than a few pounds. The bottle is "too clean" and without its original label. It is too close from a fake bottle (even if might be a real one) and no serious collector would buy it either, unless you have the content being certified by analysis. Putting a new label on top of it does only raise suspicion and decreases its value
I salvaged it declared it to HM Customs & Excise who tested it (obviously not all the bottles). BBC TV made a program about it and filmed the original auction at Christie's. The origin and provenance has never been disputed so no wonder I take offence at someone who has no idea what he is talking about.
If he has no intention of bidding why make, what is bordering on a libellous statement[/b]
I think the issue is how to prove the provenance of the whisky. There are a lot of fakes out there - especially on ebay - and it can be quite difficult to spot them. Often it is a case of balancing the evidence for and against a bottle and, I'm afraid, appearing trustworthy is not always enough. After all, both genuine traders and complete conmen can appear quite plausible.
If you have a video of the BBC documentary featuring yourself raising the bottles and if you also have a photo of yourself next to the bottles you are selling, that would add to the evidence in favour of the bottles. Statements from HMCR and auction houses would also help. But they will never be conclusive.
I hope the bottles are genuine and that you get a price you are happy with, but I hope you will also understand that people may be wary and that their wariness is nothing personal. I suspect that people who sell things need to be quite thick skinned on occasion.
That is why I have included a copy of my book (which is the result of 20 years research) with the full story of the wreck including photos of me with the salvaged bottles and HM Customs testing the contents, plus copies of all Customs documentation. I can even throw in a copy of Christie's catalogue.
The first bottles sold at auction were purchased by the relevant whisky companies without any hesitation.
Finally the reason I am selling is one day I looked at the bottle and decided I had a choice open it and drink it or make it available to a serious collector. As I have tasted examples of all the whiskies recovered (and found them excellent) I decided to sell.
please do not think that I am accusing you of selling a fake.
I am only saying what man other people MAY be thinking.
What surprises me here is that you have already sold one at Christies for an excellent price, completely authenticated. Therefore, why not sell this one through the same venue?
As has been said, Ebay is rather anonymous and has a reputation for 'iffy' bottles from less than genuine sellers. Now, I think that you are genuine in everything you say, but quite honestly and in my opinion, Ebay is not the best platform for these lesser known and more expensive / exclusive bottles.
My advice would be to speak with someone like Martin Green at McTears and have it included in his next auction.
It was 1991 the first auction took place and suprisingly it was a Martin Green that handled it.
I put this bottle on Ebay in an attempt to attract worldwide attention, it of course remains to be seen if it actually reaches the reserve. Therefore I still have the bottle and all I have lost is the listing fee, but I may have been successful in my efforts to draw attention to its existance.
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