Auctions

 

In addition to the vast selection of wines available for retail purchase on TCWC.com, some of the finest bottles in the world can also be procured through our online auctions. The Chicago Wine Company has been conducting auctions for 40 years - the longest active streak in the US. Leaning on our four decades of experience, we carefully source, collect and inspect all wines before offering them in our TCWC auctions.

Over the years we have conducted live and silent auctions before transitioning to the online auctions we currently offer today. Always striving to adapt with the times and looking for the best ways to connect buyers and sellers, we have recently launched a second online platform which now allows the option of placing bids on a given lot while also having the ability to “Buy It Now” at a predetermined price, thus bringing that auction lot to a close. 

The two TCWC Online Auction platforms are operated separately with different bidding rules and procedures. Both formats are outlined below.

Upcoming Auction Calendar

FAQs

“Bid Only” Auctions


  • Our “Bid Only” Auctions are held online at https://auctions.tcwc.com, which is separate from our TCWC retail site
  • Registration and Login details are different for each site
  • Buyer’s Premium is not included in bid price
  • Bids are submitted for the entire lot and are entered on a price per lot basis
  • Bidding time will be extended beyond the deadline when bids are received in the final 5 minutes
  • Sales tax not included and shipping or delivery to be arranged separately
  • Our free mobile apps can be downloaded here:

 

 “Bid or Buy-It-Now” Auctions


  • “Bid or Buy-It-Now” Auctions are held online at https://www.tcwc.com, the same as our retail site
  • Registration and Login details are the same as normal retail purchases
  • For ease of comparison between Bid prices and “Buy It Now” prices, Buyer’s Premium is included in Bid Price
  • Bids are submitted for the entire lot but are entered on a price per unit basis
  • Bidding time will not be extended beyond the deadline when bids are received in the closing minutes
  • “Buy It Now” is available for any quantity unless a bid has already been placed on the full lot. When this occurs, individual bottles are no longer available and “Buy It Now” is only offered for the entire lot
  • At any time during the auction a bidder can choose to “Buy It Now” and the lot size will be adjusted accordingly. If “Buy It Now” is selected for the entire lot, the auction for that lot will conclude
  • The “Buy It Now” option will no longer be available within 48 hours of the auction closing. Only bidding will be allowed for the remaining time.
  • Sales tax not included and shipping or delivery to be arranged separately

 

Auctioning Your Cellar


If you are interested in auctioning your cellar, please contact Pete Duffy at selling@tcwc.com and will be pleased to offer a proposal for your collection, including packing and transportation. Our experienced team has been appraising collections and holding fine wine auctions since 1977 with a client base that is well established in the Midwest and on both Coasts. For more info click here.