You buy a case of wine at auction for $1,000. When the invoice arrives, the charges exceed $1,330, and come with a reminder that any unpaid balance after a 14-day period is subject to a 2 percent late fee. What's going on? This isn't some form of chicanery, but simply a function of the auction rules and regulations. There's nothing "hidden" about the charges-that information is in plain view. Yet too often, collectors do not closely read the terms. Here's a Wine Spectator guide to what you can expect.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 4, 2011.
Do you have a Wine Spectator magazine subscription? Save 50% on your Online Membership right now!
Passionate about wine? WineSpectator.com seeks a highly motivated digital journalist for an assistant editor position in its New York editorial department.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash