The wines on the block have changed dramatically in the past 10 years. So have the auction rooms, and the people in them. When wine auctions first came to New York, the houses emulated the English "classroom" layout: The auctioneer perched on a podium while collectors sat in neat rows of unmovable (and usually uncomfortable) chairs.
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