CLEVELAND, Ohio – A museum in Louisville is holding “Art of Bourbon” – its fifth annual auction of rare bottles.
Speed Art Museum’s fundraising auction is 7:15 to 8:45 pm tonight – Thursday, Sept. 22. The auction’s online portion is free to bid, but registration is required via artofbourbon.org.
The lineup is composed of 38 lots of rare bourbons and VIP experiences, including:
• 8-year-old Booker’s bottled in 1987.
• Blanton’s 1992.
• 2020 King of Kentucky Barrel 6.
• 7-year Gold Vein Old Weller from the 1970s, 107 proof.
• Dowling Deluxe, an aged 14-year-old bottled in the 1970s.
• 1905 Overhauled Rye from the Richard and Andrew Mellon estate. (“A 1.5-ounce pour will set you back $1,000, and that’s if you can even get it,” said bourbon expert Fred Minnick.)
• Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2015 and 2016, auctioned as a pair.
• BPR Rye Bottled in Bond, bottled in 1942 – also known as Baltimore Pure Rye.
• Van Winkle 12-year-old, lot B, donated and signed by Julian Van Winkle.
A Maker’s Mark private selection experience is also open for bids. It offers the winner and four friends a private distillery tour and experience of creating a barrel of their own expression of Maker’s Mark.
For detailed bottle descriptions, see the catalog online.
Auction proceeds support Speed’s educational programs and exhibitions.
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