100 000 spirits lovers registered
4 500 spirits auctioned / year
8 auctions / year
For selling your collection at auction or through a binding purchase, fill in the online form or send us your spirits list by email. We'll send your valuation as soon as possible.
For an important list, you can also use the attached Excel file and send it to us directly at [email protected].
Our team of specialists will collect, package and transport your spirits to our warehouse in optimum conditions, or you can choose to drop the spirits off yourself. Your spirits will then be meticulously assessed, described, photographed and packaged by our specialists in the Fine Spirits Auction Lab. After being assessed, each lot is packaged with a unique barcode and stored in our secure, air-conditioned and humidity-controlled warehouse. This rigorous, very high-quality process patented by Fine Spirits Auction is key to successfully selling your spirits.
Each auction on Fine Spirits Auction lasts around 3 weeks. 1 auction organized per month, giving your spirits an exposure of more than 100,000 potential buyers from the whole world. This unique exposure allows you to sell your spirits for the best price and in the most secure conditions, thanks to our status as authorized auctioneers.
Auctions: your spirits’ auction results are sent to you 24 hours after the end of the sale. You are guaranteed payment within 35 days of this date.
If you sell your spirits directly to Fine Spirits Auction, you will receive payment immediately after your spirits have been authenticated.
Finespirits.auction is an auction site dedicated to fine spirits orchestrated with four hands by two specialists: La Maison du Whisky, specialist in the sourcing, distribution and expertise of fine spirits and Fine Spirits Auction, the specialist in sales to online auctions. Whether you are looking to sell collectible spirits or old bottles, Fine Spirits Auction is the best site to do so, at auction, in France and abroad. It is indeed, through International Wine Auction, Voluntary sales operator (auctioneer) and subsidiary of Fine Spirits Auction, the first spirits and spirits auction house in France, acclaimed by more than 100,000 spirits lovers. , in 60 countries.
Fine Spirits Auction will give you a valuation of your spirits based on previous results at auction. If you require faster payment you can request a binding purchase. For binding purchases, the price offered is the lowest estimate minus the sales commission.
The Fine Spirits Auction price estimate is regularly updated and is an average calculated from most recent auction. It consists of the hammer price and the buyer's premium.
The reserve price is the starting auction price for a lot, i.e. the price below which a lot cannot be sold. This reserve price is automatically set as the low estimate provided. The vendor can set a reserve below the lower estimate, or opt not to set any reserve. In the latter case, the auction starting price will be fixed at €1 to encourage competition between bidders, which is very popular with spirits enthusiasts.
At auction, you are charged seller’s commission once your spirits have been sold and before payment is settled. It includes the cost of expertise, insurance and spirits storage prior to sale. It also considers Fine Spirits Auction’s advertisement of your spirits to its global customer base (55 countries).
At every stage of the sale (from receipt to dispatch) the bottles are stored in a secure facility at an appropriate temperature. Fine Spirits Auction holds an insurance policy covering spirits stored on behalf of a third party.
Each auction sale lasts approximately 3 weeks. During this period, your spirits will be given prominent exposure and high visibility on our website.
You can follow your spirits throughout the sale. You can use your account to track bids on each of your lots in real time.
Fine Spirits Auction makes a commitment to complete the transaction promptly once a buyer has been found, and payment is guaranteed. You will be paid by cheque within 35 days of the end of the auction sale or alternatively you can send your bank details by email to [email protected] or by fax to +33 1 56 05 86 11 if you wish to be paid by bank transfer. For binding purchase, payment will be made immediately by cheque or bank transfer as soon as the spirits have been checked. The estimate submitted to you are based on auction results minus the buyers's premium. For spirits which are not listed, the estimate is an average market prices based on a panel of leading spirits merchants.
For the transit of your bottles to Fine Spirits Auction, you can choose from 3 options:
1- Drop off your bottles at our storage warehouse: you can drop off your bottles directly in our warehouse by making an appointment with our Selling Team on 01 56 05 86 10 at least 72h in advance, bringing an identity document with you. We ask that you send a complete list of the spirits you’re selling, agreed in advance by the Selling Team, by email to [email protected] or by fax on 01 56 05 86 11.
2- Pick up by Fine Spirits Auction (we will give a cost estimate for this within a few days of request)
3- Transport by post through our trusted partners or by your own means
There are several transport solutions for France and abroad:
1- Special, pre-paid packaging and labels for Colissimo shipment (only for France). Shipping costs are for you to manage.
2- All-inclusive solution: pick up from your home and transport by Fine Spirits Auction or one of our partners (specialist courier).
3- Transport organised yourself: find a courier. In this case, we recommend that you check the courier is qualified to transport spirits, and to make sure you have insurance to the value of the bottles (ad-valorem).
4- You must give us all the necessary information about the spirits you are transporting before they are sent, so that we can verify the delivery on its arrival. Our teams are available to advise you on the best solution.
The transport cost will vary depending on the quantity and value of the bottles you are selling, as well as your location. Our teams are at your service to provide a quote. You can equally choose to deliver the bottles yourself, or to have them delivered by a courier of your choice.
All of our transportation is value insured (ad valorem insurance). In the case of an accident during transport, your spirits are reimbursed at the median value of the estimation given (between the high and low estimate).
Whatever mode of transport is chosen, the spirits have to travel in adapted packaging. In the case that you choose Colissimo or collection by Fine Spirits Auction, we will provide special packaging. If you choose any other option for sending, you must use adapted packaging (wooden cases or cardboard boxes). We can also provide you with these on request, the price of this service depending on the quantity and your location.
During the evaluation of your collection, Fine Spirits Auction will give you a high and low estimate for each lot. The low estimate will be the reserve price during the auction. Our specialists reserve the right to review and, if necessary, lower the estimate price once the bottles are received if they do not conform to the description and/or photos provided. Your agreement will be required in order for the bottles to be put up for sale at a modified price. Fine Spirits Auction also reserves the right to refuse to sell lots that have not been preserved in a satisfactory manner.
Once the auction is closed, you will receive an email detailing the results for each of the lots up for sale.
If your spirits don’t find a buyer during the sale, they are automatically entered into the next sale at no extra cost. You will then receive a new sell order from the auctioneer. You will have the chance to reduce the reserve price or divide your lots in order to attract more buyers.
Once the sale is closed, it is possible for you to pick up any bottles that haven’t been sold at no extra cost (apart from eventual transport costs). To do this you have to make an appointment with the Selling Team ([email protected] [email protected]) at least 72 hours before the desired collection date.
Fine SpFine Spirits Auction informs you by email as soon as the bottles are received.
100% of the whiskeys and spirits offered appraised by our specialists. Guarantee of authenticity
Storage in our warehouses, secure packagings, delivery with insurance
Guarantee on the conduct of the auction and the regulations provided by the presence of an auctioneer