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Spectrum Wine Auctions Hires Amanda Crawford As Auction Director & Lead Specialist

(March 11, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, one of the new leading players in fine and rare wine auctions, announced today the hiring of Amanda Crawford as auction director and lead specialist. Crawford, who previously served in the wine department as assistant vice president and lead specialist at Christie’s, brings extensive experience in securing domestic and international consignments, assessment of rare bottles, and working with a broad range of multinational clients. Her hiring is part of a sequence of recent high profile appointments which includes the hiring of renowned wine authority Kevin A. Swersey as senior consultant and strategic advisor this January.

“Our top priority since launching Spectrum Wine Auctions in 2009 has been to assemble the industry dream team,” says Spectrum Wine Auctions President Jason Boland. “Amanda’s understanding of the evolving global wine market, combined with her dedication to serving client needs will benefit us greatly.”

Crawford is a member of the faculty at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and a frequent instructor on wine. Her extensive wine related travels have taken her to Burgundy, Bordeaux, Germany, Piedmont, Napa, Oregon and Eastern Europe in addition to her work as a harvest intern in Tuscany. Prior to her tenure at Christie’s, Crawford was an assistant wine director at 'Inoteca and a manager of Astor Wines in New York. She graduated from Wellesley College.

Spectrum Wine Auctions Upcoming Live Auction Calendar
March 12-13, 2011, The Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, Hong Kong
June 25-26, 2011, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

About Spectrum Wine Auctions
Launched in 2009, Spectrum Wine Auctions is the world’s newest live and online auction house of fine collectible wine.

Following in the grand tradition of its sister auction companies, Spectrum Wine Auctions is a subsidiary of Spectrum Group International, Inc. (SPGZ:PK), a consolidated global collectibles network. The company is a leading auctioneer of stamps, coins, and other memorabilia, targeting both collectors and dealers. Building a strong financial foundation, Spectrum Group International is also a merchant/dealer of certain collectibles and trader of precious metals. The company's collectibles offerings range from the modest to ultra high-end in value and span the globe. Spectrum Wine Auctions also conducts semimonthly online auctions through www.spectrumwine.com. The company offers competitive incentives for consignors, including 30-day payouts in full for all lots sold regardless as to whether the firm has collected from each buyer, and the ability to consign both highly-collectible and commonly found wines.

Backed by many decades of auction expertise and driven by a team of dedicated wine specialists and enthusiasts, Spectrum Wine Auctions is committed to offering buyers and sellers alike the most accessible and expansive auction opportunities of what is simply the world’s greatest consumable and collectible product—wine.

For more information on Spectrum Wine Auctions, please call at 949.748.4845 or visit www.spectrumwine.com