The David S. Utterberg Collection Soars as Hart Davis Hart Auction Brings In $8.02 Million

. February 19, 2019

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the largest wine auction house in the U.S., kicked off what promises to be a tremendous auction year with a blockbuster 100% sold February auction which brought in a total of $8.02 million against pre-sale estimates of $5.1-7.6 million. The quality and breadth of HDH’s February sale attracted participants from every corner of the U.S. as well as thirteen other countries. Prices were incredibly strong as the 1,100+ bidders drove over 60% of all lots in the sale to exceed their high estimates. These impressive results solidified Hart Davis Hart’s position as the foremost wine auction house in the U.S.

The two-day auction featured treasures from virtually every wine region. The David S. Utterberg Collection (lots 1558-1688) achieved particularly remarkable results, bringing in $1.16 million against pre-sale estimates of $666,000-1,005,000. Highlights from this special group were 12 bottles of 1990 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti which garnered $101,575 (lot 1603, est. $55,000-85,000); 12 bottles of 1985 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot which sold for $95,600 (lot 1615, est. $55,000-85,000); and 6 bottles of 1985 Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux, Henri Jayer which brought in $77,675 (lot 1622, est. $45,000-65,000). Further, 12 bottles of 1986 Nuits-St-Georges, Boudots, Méo-Camuzet sold for a record $9,560 (lot 1624, est. $1,900-2,800).

Also featured was the Johnson Ho & The Pantheon Wine Shoppe Collection (lots 1159-1507) which brought in $880,000 against pre-sale estimates of $578,000-862,000. This consignment featured 6 bottles of 2010 Château Pétrus which brought in $22,705 (lot 1211, est. $14,000-20,000); 12 bottles of 2005 Château Cheval Blanc which garnered $10,157 (lot 1167, est. $6,000-9,000); and 6 bottles of 2012 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Cras, Georges Roumier which sold for $3,824 (lot 1349, est. $1,500-2,200), the highest ever for the wine.

In addition to these stunning consignments, Burgundy, California, and Italy had strong hammer prices in the February auction. Supporting recent trends, Burgundy prices were robust, with the category as a whole selling above the high estimate. Top highlights included 3 bottles of 2011 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti which sold for $47,800 (lot 1518, est. $30,000-45,000) and 10 bottles of 2008 Bonnes-Mares, Domaine d’Auvenay (Leroy) which garnered $38,240 (lot 411, est. $22,000-32,000). 6 bottles of 1986 Corton-Charlemagne, Coche-Dury brought in $41,825 (lot 1635, est. $24,000-35,000), which is the highest price for a lot of the wine.

Italian wines saw strong results as well, with Bruno Giacosa in particular. Highlights included 12 bottles of 1985 Barbaresco Riserva, Santo Stefano, Bruno Giacosa which brought in $28,680 (lot 1685, est. $16,000-24,000) and is the highest case lot price ever. Additionally, 6 bottles of 1982 Barbaresco Riserva, Santo Stefano, Bruno Giacosa garnered $13,145 (lot 1682, est. $7,500-11,000) and 9 bottles of 1979 Barolo Riserva Speciale, Bussia di Monforte, Bruno Giacosa sold for $7,767 (lot 1681, est. $4,000-6,000).

Additional highlights included:
28 lots of Château Pétrus sold for $487,560 (est. $340,600-518,200)
35 lots of Château Haut-Brion sold for $244,676 (est. $167,850-252,800)
25 lots of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $189,766 (est. $121,200-182,200)
37 lots of Opus One sold for $87,414 (est. $54,300-80,650)
94 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti sold for $965,201 (est. $630,200-948,900)
48 lots of Domaine Leroy sold for $281,840 (est. $167,500-249,100)

HDH’s next sale will be a special two-day mobile-only auction on March 14th & 15th. The auction will be HDH’s first spirits-only sale, featuring an incredible array of rare and unique spirits. Consignments are being accepted for the company’s spring and summer auctions. Don’t miss the opportunity to consign your wine in this strong market with America’s #1 auction house.
Top Lots by Price (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
Lot 1603: 1990 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs) (est. $55,000-85,000) $101,575
Lot 1615: 1985 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot (12 bs) (est. $55,000-85,000) $95,600
Lot 1622: 1985 Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux, Henri Jayer (6 bs) (est. $45,000-65,000) $77,675
Lot 1601: 1985 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (8 bs) (est. $26,000-38,000) $57,360
Lot 1683: 1982 Barolo Riserva, Collina Rionda, Bruno Giacosa (12 bs) (est. $35,000-55,000) $53,775
Lot 641: 1982 Château Pétrus (12 bs) (est. $35,000-55,000) $50,190
Lot 1518: 2011 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (3 bs) (est. $30,000-45,000) $47,800
Lot 1602: 1985 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (3 bs) (est. $35,000-55,000) $47,800
Lot 1782: 1982 Château Pétrus (12 bs) (est. $35,000-55,000) $47,800
Lot 1620: 1985 Richebourg, Henri Jayer (2 bs) (est. $22,000-32,000) $45,410
Top Lots to Exceed Estimates (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
Lot 1601: 1985 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (8 bs) (est. $26,000-38,000) $57,360
Lot 1603: 1990 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (12 bs) (est. $55,000-85,000) $101,575
Lot 1620: 1985 Richebourg, Henri Jayer (2 bs) (est. $22,000-32,000) $45,410
Lot 1622: 1985 Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux, Henri Jayer (6 bs) (est. $45,000-65,000) $77,675
Lot 1615: 1985 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot (12 bs) (est. $55,000-85,000) $95,600
Lot 1908: 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (2 bs) (est. $10,000-15,000) $23,900
Lot 1847: 2014 Meursault, Les Perrières, Domaine Roulot (12 bs) (est. $12,000-18,000) $26,290
Lot 1635: 1986 Corton-Charlemagne, Coche-Dury (6 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $41,825
Lot 1624: 1986 Nuits-St-Georges, Boudots, Méo-Camuzet (12 bs) (est. $1,900-2,800) $9,560
Lot 411: 2008 Bonnes-Mares, Domaine d’Auvenay (Leroy) (10 bs) (est. $22,000-32,000) $38,240
Sale Stats: Percent sold by lot: 100%
Total Aggregate: $8,029,707
Low Pre-Sale Estimate: $5,121,030
High Pre-Sale Estimate: $7,674,920

Upcoming Live Auctions:
April 13, 2019
May 18, 2019
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March 14 & 15, 2019
July 19, 2019
August 16, 2019

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