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'World's Largest Wine Auction' Goes Online Through eBay, Realm Connect And

Over One Million Bottles of Wine Valued at Over $10 Million Now Available

Online Through eBay Live Auctions

Early Bird Holiday Shoppers to Stock Up on Wines

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ --

On September 15 and 16, over one million bottles of wine valued at over $10 million will be available for a live auction event taking place in Napa, California and online through the new wine category on eBay Live Auctions ( and through ( AuctioNet (, a division of Realm Connect, is the seller of the wine on eBay and the company conducting the 'World's Largest Wine Auction.'

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"We're very excited to make this unprecedented worldwide wine auction available online through eBay Live Auctions and," said Nuri Otus, CEO & Chief Auctioneer of AuctioNet. "With the eBay Live Auction tool, thousands of potential bidders worldwide can participate in our live event without traveling to the beautiful Napa Valley. All bidders need to do is register online at, browse the catalog, leave an absentee bid or place bids during the live event."

The wine offered will be appealing to a broad range of buyers, ranging from table wines to nearly $1 million worth of fine and rare wines. The extraordinary "gem wines" include such desirable notables as 1945 Chateau Lafitte Rothschild, 1921 Chateau d'Yquem, Domaine Leroy Clos de Vougeot and more. In addition, champagne from Alain Robert and Cristal will be available. There will also be a wide variety of wine accessories such as Reidel wine glasses, beautiful wine decanters, wine racks and a number of special gift packages. Lots range in size from one or a few bottles to commercial quantities. All the wine has been stored in a temperature-controlled environment without interruption and is in prime condition for sale.

" is the independent online connection to hundreds of prestigious auction houses, dealers and galleries from around the world. Icollector users can browse catalogs, place absentee bids and bid directly into the auction house as the sale happens in real time together with eBay Live Auctions," said Mark Hill director at icollector. "Our partnership with Realm Connect on the World's Largest Wine Sale ensures an extremely exciting Internet wine buying experience from bidders around the globe."

eBay Live Auctions, a powerful tool introduced on eBay last year, allows online bidders to participate in live sales from auction houses or locations around the world. Details and instructions on placing bids using the eBay Live Auctions are available directly at Bidders must first sign up for the event online as a registered eBay user, and comply with the verification requirements applied by the seller. Before placing bids using Live Auctions, users can browse an online auction catalog . Users can place bids before and during a live event. Once received, these bids are sent instantaneously to the auction floor of the sales event.

Restrictions and Policies:

All bidders must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the 'World's Largest Wine Auction' and are required to review the Terms & Conditions at before registering.

eBay does not permit the sale of wine by individuals on the eBay site. eBay enacted this general rule since the sale of wine is highly regulated in many states, making it extremely difficult for users to lawfully conduct person-to-person wine transactions. Only licensed auction houses or dealers are permitted to sell wine on eBay Premier and eBay Live Auctions. Each auction house or dealer is carefully vetted by eBay to ensure that the correct licenses and procedures are in place to sell alcohol on the eBay Premier and eBay Live Auctions site.

About eBay

eBay is the World's Online Marketplace(TM). Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful platform for the sale of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals and businesses. On any given day, there are millions of items across thousands of categories for sale on eBay, as well as on, eBay's site dedicated to fixed price trading. eBay enables trade on a local, national and international basis with customized sites in markets around the world.

About -- is the independent connection to the world's auction houses, dealers and galleries. Founded in 1994, it was one of the first companies dedicated to trading art, antiques and collectibles on the Internet. represents hundreds of the world's leading auction houses dealers and galleries. Every day thousands of antiques, artworks and collectibles are listed on Users can browse and print catalogs, place absentee bids and bid directly into the saleroom as the auction happens in real time as a result of's exclusive partnership with eBay Live Auctions technology.

About Realm Connect & AuctioNet

Realm Connect (owner of AuctioNet) is a privately held 5 month old auction technology network that is currently completing its third round of financing. Realm Connect operates the world's leading private label, online auction network, powering the auctions for AOL, Netscape NetBusiness, Purchase Pro, ZDNet and others.

AuctioNet is a 3.5 year old online auction company specializing in online auctions of manufacturers' warranted new and refurbished goods for B2B, as well as the reallocation of technology assets from bankrupt companies in North America thorough live onsite liquidations. AuctioNet conducts these onsite auctions on behalf of The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, secured creditors, financial institutions and corporate clients.

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