Have done a few Leland auctions in the past (they had a huge port auction a few years back).
If I recall on a different Leland auction internet bidding took place for a week or so and then a live auction on the last day. People in the room had an advantage due to delays and "clunky-ness" on the webiste. I would suggest entered your max bid prior to day of live auction.
I've been bidding on Leland auctions for perhaps four years. differentdave is correct: it's similar in approach to Heritage. You can place your max bid in advance and/or you can bid live. The current live auction takes place over two days.

Here are the details on the dates, etc. for the live auction:

https://www.lelandlittle.com/l/listing/auction/557/

In the early days, Leland ran their own live auction. In 2013-15 there were plenty of bargains to be had with Leland because they flew under the radar of most collectors.

I believe in 2014 they moved to the Invaluable platform for the live portion of the auction. But in the past year they've moved it back in-house.

I haven't tried their live auction since they moved it back in-house, mostly because the prices lately on Leland's auctions are no longer bargains. And I expect that this current auction will attract some silly bidding.
My one experience with Leland Little was very much a negative and I vowed to never to do business with them again. About 2.5 years ago I bought a mixed case of wines. Ground shipping was $144, and I had to arrange shipment within 2-3 weeks iirc regardless of temps, or else incur storage fees. Just very much felt like a cut-rate auction house that flew under the radar for a reason. The low cost auction lots were mitigated by nickel & diming you to death. I called them the Spirit Airlines of auction houses.
I think they got into wine auctions in the past five years. From what I can tell, they are (were) primarily an estate auction house.

Shipping to NY state wasn't prohibitive... but then again I would never bid more than 2/3rds of WS low, which worked out to 75% of WS low after adding the premium. I'd often get stuff for half of WS low.

I probably had more than my fair share of tired or over the hill bottles from Leland, which I assume was because the bottles were coming from estates in the Carolinas and likely weren't stored in ideal conditions.

That, along with the rising hammer prices, was a reason I stopped bidding on their auctions. But with a collection like the one that's currently up for auction, I would hope that the dude stored his wine in a climate controlled cellar.
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Originally posted by grossie:
The bottles almost look too good to be true. Very little wear and tear on anything. A few minor stains on labels. Ullage seems correct, but on the high side (that is, not a lot of ullage). I wonder if he bought some of these from Rudy?

The label on a bottle of 1969 DRC Echezeaux looks too pristine.
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Originally posted by grossie:
The bottles almost look too good to be true. Very little wear and tear on anything. A few minor stains on labels. Ullage seems correct, but on the high side (that is, not a lot of ullage). I wonder if he bought some of these from Rudy?


Before you even put that up, and I haven't looked at the lots, I was going to put up a warning. Based on how little thought and knowledge the guy put into his guitar collection, I'd be very wary of the wine. 'Provenance' doesn't seem to be a word he understood or cared about even a little. IF there is DRC, first growths and large formats, I'd bet there are more fakes than real ones just based on his guitar collection.
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
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Originally posted by grossie:
The bottles almost look too good to be true. Very little wear and tear on anything. A few minor stains on labels. Ullage seems correct, but on the high side (that is, not a lot of ullage). I wonder if he bought some of these from Rudy?

The label on a bottle of 1969 DRC Echezeaux looks too pristine.

The typography and placement of everything on the 69 label seems to be correct, FWIW. Cork is raised.

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