I buy frequently at auction, mostly Spanish, Italian or French stuff.
To avoid import hassles, I choose US auctions, either NY or LA.
It happens quite often that some of the lots don't have neither government warning labels nor name of importer. In fact, no English labels at all.They are sold the way they left the winery overseas.
Tricky question: is this legal?
More specifically: you can always import bottles (if you have the right license) saying they are NOT FOR SALE. Actually, I've done it. In that case, no TTB label approval is required, therefore no government warning label. However, selling at auction is ... well ... selling, right? Therefore, it seems to me you can't sell at auction bottles that have been imported as not for sale.
Anybody in the know?