US Presidents Brandy Collection to be Auctioned at Christie's NYC

Mar 23, 2016, 13:00 ET from Old Liquors

BREDA, the Netherlands, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

A unique collection by Dutchman Bay van der Bunt featuring 39 bottles of Cognac and Armagnac, each dating to a United States presidential term of office, from 1789 to 1977, is headed to auction at Christie's in New York City on April 13, 2016. The starting bid is set at one hundred thousand dollars. 

The 39 bottles were carefully curated by Christie's auction house for their upcoming 'Exceptional Sale', a sale platform with a diverse range of outstanding objects with perfect provenance. Teetotaler Bay van der Bunt selected the vintage amber liquids from his 6,000-bottle collection, which is believed to be the largest stock of its kind in the world. Asked about the sale, Van der Bunt replied, "Such a collection of historic cognac and armagnac has never before been offered for sale. The lucky buyer will be able to experience almost 175 years of liquid political history." The collection and auction catalogue may be viewed at

Journey through the ages

Called "The American Presidential Collection," the lot to be sold includes a bottle produced during the tenure of each American president, from George Washington in 1789 to Jimmy Carter in 1977. Among the bottles headed for the auction block are a 1789 Grande Champagne Cognac (George Washington), an 1840 Cognac A.E. Dor (Martin van Buren), an 1842 Cognac Meukow (John Tyler), an 1865 Cognac Marnier-Lapostolle (Abraham Lincoln) and an 1884 Cognac Courvoisier (Chester A. Arthur).

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Mr. Bay van der Bunt (67) is an old friend of Christie's auction house, frequently in the saleroom or on the phone. Many of the bottles are of a rarity appropriate to a museum collection or the liquid library of the cognac houses themselves. In fact, he has been frequently approached by cognac producers who want to buy back historic bottles they no longer possess. He always declined as he preferred to keep the collection together, with its unique offering of almost 200 years of American history.


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