On Wednesday we brought you the story of Jeff Wichmann, who runs American Bottle Auctions from his midtown Sacramento office. His 50th bottle auction has wrapped up, and Wichmann called to relay the results. The auction netted $375,000, a record for Wichmann's company, with one bottle alone selling for $64,000. That antique bottle was a "Favorite Bitters" from Powell & Stutenroth, which was highly prized for its rarity and overall condition.
"This is the most successful auction we've had," said Wichmann. "What that tells me is the bottle market is strong and people are willing to fork out big bucks for bottles. The auctions just seem to be getting better and better."
Wichmann plans to start his 51st bottle auction in August. In the meantime, he's fielding calls from folks who want to have their bottles appraised and possibly included in the next auction. If you have a bottle that you think is worth big $$$, contact Wichmann at (800) 806-7722 or American Bottle Auctions.