Sotheby’s to Auction Two Private American Wine Collections in Hong Kong

Sotheby’s will offer two superb American single-owner Wine collections in Hong Kong, on 3 and 4 October 2009. Building upon the success of the spring 2009 two-part single-owner sale of The Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector on 3 October as well as An Exceptional Cellar from a Private American Collector on 4 October. Sotheby’s will also introduce the combination of online bidding with a live video and audio feed for its Hong Kong wine sales – a service that was launched in June 2009 in New York and met with an extremely enthusiastic response among bidders from around the world. The sales are estimated to bring HK$20/29 million (US$2.5/3.5 million) and HK$13/19 million (US$1.5/2.5 million) respectively. The two sales are estimated to bring a combined total of HK$33/48 million (US$4/6 million).

The Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector III, 3 October Serena Sutcliffe, MW, International Head of Wine at Sotheby’s, said, “We are delighted to bring to you the second sale in Hong Kong of The Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector. The charge is led by a phenomenal array of First Growths and their Right Bank siblings, Pétrus and Cheval Blanc, followed by those great Châteaux that are snapping at their heels, wines such as La Mission Haut Brion and Léoville Lascases. It is a privilege to offer this diversity of vintages, some ready to drink and others more suitable for laying down, as well as such a range of bottle sizes, giving everyone wines for every kind of event. There are real jewels in the crown here, such as 1928, 1959, 1961 and large format 1982s, where all our usual criteria to ensure condition and authenticity come into play. At the other end of the time spectrum, there are stunning 2000s and 2005s whose progress can be ‘followed’ throughout their adult life, which is wine-speak for constant sampling to see how they develop.”

Highlights from the 3 October, 550-lot offering of The Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector III will comprise:

More than 31 cases of Château Pétrus including:

2 cases of 1982, est. HK$190/280,000 (US$25/35,000) per case
2 cases of 1989, est. HK$160/250,000 (US$20/30,000) per case
1 case of 1990 in bottles and magnums:
12 bottles, est. HK$160/250,000 (US$20/30,000)
6 magnums est. HK$190/280,000 (US$25/35,000)
1 case of 1998 in bottles and magnums:
12 bottles, est. HK$160/250,000 (US$20/30,000)
6 magnums est. HK$190/280,000 (US$25/35,000)
2 cases of 2000, est. HK$190/280,000 (US$25,000-35,000) per case
More than 36 cases of Château Lafite Rothschild including:
4 cases of 1982:
3 cases of bottles, est. HK$160/250,000 (US$20/30,000) per case
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$190/280,000 (US$25/35,000)
2 cases of 1986 magnums, est. HK$75/95,000 (US$9,500/12,000) per case
4 cases of 1996:
1 cases of bottles, est. HK$65/95,000 (US$8,500/12,000)
2 cases of magnums, est. HK$75/95,000 (US $9,500/12,000) per case
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$75/95,000 (US$9,500/12,000)
5 cases of 2000:
2 cases of bottles, est. HK$80/120,000 (US$10/15,000) per case
2 cases of magnums, est. HK$80/120,000 (US$10/15,000) per case
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$80/120,000 (US$10/15,000)

More than 34 cases of Château Latour including:

1 case of 1982, est. HK$110/160,000 (US$14/20,000)
3 cases of 1990:
2 cases of bottles, est. HK$42/60,000 (US$5,500/7,500) per case
2 case of magnums, est. HK$48/70,000 (US$6/9,000) per case
6 cases of 2000:
3 cases of bottles, est. HK$55/80,000 (US$7/10,000) per case
2 cases of magnums, est. HK$55/80,000 (US$7/10,000) per case
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$60/80,000 (US$7,500/10,000)

More than 42 cases of Château Mouton Rothschild including:

5 magnums of 1959, est. HK$190/280,000 (US$25/35,000)
4 cases in 1982:
3 cases of bottles, est. HK$60/85,000 (US$8/11,000)
1 case of magnums , est. HK$75/95,000 (US$9,500/12,000)
5 cases of 1986:
2 cases of bottles, est. HK$48/70,000 (US$6/9,000) per case
2 cases of magnums, est. HK$55/80,000 (US$7/10,000) per case
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$60/80,000 (US$7,500/10,000)
5 cases of 2000:
2 cases of bottles, est. HK$50/70,000 (US$6,500/9,000) per case
2 cases of magnums, est. HK$60/80,000 (US$7,500/10,000) per case
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$60/80,000 (US$7,500/10,000)

More than 36 cases of Château Margaux including:

3 cases of 1982:
2 cases of bottles, est. HK$55/80,000 (US$7/10,000)
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$60/85,000 (US$8/11,000)
4 cases of 1990:
2 cases of bottles, est. HK$55/80,000 (US$7/10,000) per case
2 cases of magnums, est. HK$60/85,000 (US$8/11,000) per case
5 cases of 1996:
2 cases of bottles, est. HK$40/60,000 (US$5,000/7,500) per case
2 cases of magnums, est. HK$42/60,000 (US$5,500/7,500) per case
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$42/60,000 (US$5,500/7,500)
4 cases of 2000:
2 cases of bottles, est. HK$50/80,000 (US$6,500/10,000) per case
1 case of magnums, est. HK$70/95,000 (US$9/12,000)
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$70/95,000 (US$9/12,000)

More than 31 cases of Château Haut Brion including:

1 case of 1961, est. HK$120/190,000 (US$16/25,000)
3 cases of 1989, est. HK$80/160,000 (US$10/20,000)
3 cases of 2000:
2 cases of magnums, est. HK$42/60,000 (US$5,500/7,500) per case
1 case of double magnums, est. HK$42/60,000 (US$5,500/7,500) per case
3 magnums of 2005, est. HK$17/25,000 (US$2,250/3,250)

An Exceptional Cellar from a Private American Collector, 4 October Serena Sutcliffe, MW, International Head of Wine at Sotheby’s, said of An Exceptional Cellar from a Private American Collection, “This magnificent collection truly represents one-stop shopping for wine classicists. This collection also includes one of the most impressive line-ups of Romanée Conti itself, with its magical, virtually mystical character – the finish of this wine, of whatever vintage, is a world unto itself. As a confirmed Burgundy lover, the owner of this collection, quite naturally, also appreciates the qualities of de Vogüé’s Musigny Vieilles Vignes and this is a magnificent opportunity to acquire some of the best vintages made of this iconic wine. We rarely see such a run of both Châteaux Lafite and Latour in any one cellar and the different bottle formats give great flexibility of choice. In fact, all the First Growths vie for your attention in this sale, closely followed by such giants as La Mission Haut Brion and Trotanoy and the superb Pétrus.

Highlights from the 4 October 350-lot sale of An Exceptional Cellar from a Private American Collector will comprise:

12 different vintages of Romanée-Conti including cases of:
5 magnums 1993, est. HK$280/400,000 (US$35/50,000)
12 bottles 1995, est. HK$ 320/480,000 (US$40/60,000)
12 bottles 2002, est. HK$400/550,000 (US$50/70,000)

Methusalehs of Romanée-Conti:

1988, est. HK$190/280,000 (US$25/35,000)
1989, est. HK$220/300,000 (US$27,500/37,500)
1991, est. HK$220/300,000 (US$27,500/37,500)
1992, est. HK$ 120/180,000 (US$16,000/22,500)
1993, est. HK$190/280,000 (US$25/35,000)

8 vintages of Montrachet from DRC including:

1 methusaleh of 1988, est. HK$60/85,000 (US$8/11,000)
1 methusaleh of 1990, est. HK$120/190,000 (US$15/25,000)
3 bottles of 2002, est. HK$32/48,000 (US$4,250/6,000)

9 cases of Musigny from Comte Georges de Vogüé including:

4 cases of 1990:
3 cases of bottles, est. HK$35/55,000 (US$4,500/7,000)
1 case of magnums, est. HK$40/55,000 (US$5/7,000)
1 case of 1993, est. HK$40/55,000 (US$5/7,000)
1 case of magnums of 1995, est. HK$40/55,000 (US$5/7,000)

Château Pétrus:

1 imperial of 1982, est. HK$160/250,000 (US$20/30,000)
3 double magnums of 1989, est. HK$180/280,000 (US$22,500/35,000)
12 bottles of 1998, est. HK$160/250,000 (US$20/30,000)
1 imperial of 1998, est. HK$140/190,000 (US$18/25,000)

Château Latour:

6 cases of bottles of 1990 Latour, est. HK$42/60,000 (US$5,500/7,500) per case
2 imperials of 1990 Latour, est. HK$65/95,000 (US$8,500/12,000) per case
2 cases of double magnums of 1982 Latour, est. HK$120/160,000 (US$15/20,000) per case
Other Upcoming Sotheby’s Wine Sales in Autumn 2009:
23 September London A Superb Bordeaux and Champagne Cellar in aid of the Charles-Albert Frère Fndn.
25/26 September New York Finest and Rarest Wines Featuring Wines from an Important Private Cellar
14 November New York Finest and Rarest Wines, Featuring Wines Direct from Bodegas Vega Sicilia.

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