CHICAGO, Ill. (January 8, 2015) – The Women’s Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago is pleased to announce the Lyric Opera Wine Auction catalogue is now live for viewing and bidding online at www.lyricopera.org/wineauction2015. The triennial fundraiser’s digital platform offers wine enthusiasts from around the world the ability to access some of the most sought after wines in the world as well as one-of-a-kind travel and dining experiences. With the click of a button wine lovers across the globe can join the excitement of the live and silent auctions of Wine Auction 2015 while supporting the activities of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Showcasing nearly 225 lots and more than 1,200 bottles, including collectible wines, prestigious vintages and newer cult wines, this year’s wine lots provide an array of appealing options for both new and seasoned collectors. In the travel and dining categories, luxury living gets redefined with more than 45 exquisite experiences featuring world-class dining and global travel destinations. Highlights include:
African Safari for Two with Wildlife Photographer Sue Flood | Lot 19
Accompanied by award-winning wildlife photographer Sue Flood, this is the luxury safari of a lifetime. Stay at the award-winning Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park for seven nights and receive a truly unique, personalized photobook by world-renowned Sue Flood to capture the trip’s most memorable moments.
Grace + Harlan Estate | Private Dinner with Chef Curtis Duffy and Director Don Weaver| Lot 45
Culinary heaven defines this powerful pairing featuring Grace restaurant and Harlan Estate together for one night only. Set in the private dining room of the three Michelin star Grace, Chef Curtis Duffy will create a custom menu for a group of eight while Harlan Estate’s Director Don Weaver “opens the vault” to bring library wines that are not publicly available. Talk about a gastronomic experience to remember!
Bandon Dunes Golf Jet-Away | Lot 46
A priceless experience for any golf enthusiast, this trip includes private airfare for four in a Gulfstream 200 jet with Bandon Dunes’ owner Michael Keiser and four days of unlimited golf on four of the world’s most exclusive courses: Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, and Old Macdonald. Three nights of luxury accommodations in private rooms at the Lodge at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort are also included.
Running of the Bordeaux | Lots 47 to 64
These 18 extraordinary wine lots for the ultimate Bordeaux buyer feature 99-and 100-point wines from the world-famous Chateaux of Bordeaux, including Cheval Blanc, Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and more – in superior vintages from 1975, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011 as well as other prestigious vintages.
Online Bidding 101
Live Auction. Pre-bids for the Live Auction will be accepted until 12:00 a.m. CST on February 6, 2015 and represented in real time by the Hart Davis Hart Auctioneer the evening of the event. Phone bidding during the Live Auction is available by making prior arrangements with the Women’s Board Office. Please call (312) 827-5682 before February 6, 2015 to organize.
Silent Auction. All prospective bidders must register with Lyric Opera of Chicago and AuctionsByCellular (ABC) prior to placing any silent (or live) auction bids. Bids may be placed now through the duration of the silent auction on February 7, 2015. Bids will be represented in real time.
For more information about the auction catalogue and online bidding for Lyric Opera Wine Auction 2015, please refer to the Procedures section on page 225 of the auction catalogue or call the Lyric Opera Women’s Board office at (312) 827-5682 with any further questions. Please note all prospective bidders must be 21 years of age.
If you would like to bid live in person at the Lyric Opera Wine Auction, individual tickets are available for $1,500 per person by calling (312) 827-5682.
About Lyric Opera of Chicago Wine Auction
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Wine Auction, whose 2012 affair was named among “Top Ten Charity Wine Auctions” by Wine Spectator, has netted nearly $7 million since its 1988 inception. The proceeds go directly to Lyric’s annual campaign, which supports the world-renowned opera company’s activities. For more information, visit www.lyricopera.org/wineauction2015, call (312) 827-5682 or visit the auction’s Facebook page.