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Hart Davis Hart Sells 100% of Lots for $3.6 Million Well Above High-Estimate

Chateau Trotanoy Collection Sets World Records with Soaring Prices; Strongest Bidding of the Year Seen Across All Categories

(Chicago, IL) – Hart Davis Hart held a record-setting auction this weekend in Chicago, realizing $3,668,745 against a pre-sale auction estimate of $2,320,510-$3,470,730. The dining room at Chicago’s TRU Restaurant was filled to capacity with collectors who enjoyed great food paired with incredible wines while bidding on the magnificent lots on offer.

A Château-direct consignment from Christian Moueix’s Château Trotanoy achieved exceptional results, with most lots hammering over the high estimate and many achieving world record results. As a whole, the Trotanoy group realized $238,044 against a pre-sale estimate of $110,650- $164,800. Highlights included an imperial of 1982 Château Trotanoy selling for $6,573 against an estimate of $2,600-$3,800 and a case of 1998 Château Trotanoy selling for $6,573 against an estimate of $2,600-$3,800.

Christian Mouiex was in attendance in the sale room and at the Château Trotanoy vertical dinner held at L2O Restaurant the evening before the auction. Mr. Moueix took the podium and spoke for several minutes to an eager auction room. Mr. Moueix was incredibly pleased with the weekend, commenting that “The dazzling dinner at L2O and the perfectly executed auction were exceptional.”

Bidding was strong across all categories and vintages with a five magnum lot of 1985 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes Domaine Ponsot achieving an astounding $41,825 against a pre-sale estimate of $16,000-$24,000, nearly double the high end estimate, smashing all previous records for this wine. A six bottle lot of 1962 Musigny Maison Leroy realized $17,925 against an estimate of $7,500-$11,000 also establishing a new world record, and a rare double magnum of 1982 Château Pichon-Longueville, Lalande hammered at $4,541 against an estimate of $1400-$2000.

Eager private and trade bidders participated in the saleroom, on the telephones, and via live internet bidding. Bidders hailed from 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

“These results underscore the fact that Hart Davis Hart is the best place in the world to buy and sell wines at auction,” commented Chairman John Hart. “We look forward to celebrating the end of a successful 2012 with you at TRU the weekend of December 7th.”

Top Lots by Price (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
Lot 860: 2005 Romanée-Conti, DRC (3 bs) (est. $32,000-48,000) $47,800
Lot 1098: 1985 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot (5 mags) (est. $16,000-24,000) $41,825
Lot 409: 2000 Château Pétrus (1 imp (6L)) (est. $24,000-35,000) $38,240
Lot 1008: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $35,850
Lots 555, 556: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $33,460
Lot 414: 2005 Château Pétrus (1 imp (6L)) (est. $20,000-30,000) $27,485
Lot 406: 1998 Château Pétrus (1 imp (6L)) (est. $18,000-28,000) $26,290
Lot 407: 2000 Château Pétrus (6 bs) (est. $15,000-22,000) $26,290
Lot 408: 2000 Château Pétrus (3 mags) (est. $18,000-28,000) $26,290
Lot 861: 2005 La Tâche, DRC (6 bs) (est. $18,000-28,000) $23,900
Lot 819: 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (6 mags) (est. $13,000-19,000) $22,705

Top Lots Exceeding High Estimate (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
Lot 1098: 1985 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot (5 mags) (est. $16,000-24,000) $41,825
Lot 1125: 1962 Musigny, Maison Leroy (6 bs) (est. $7,500-11,000) $17,925
Lot 560: 1982 Château Pichon-Longueville, Lalande (12 bs) (est. $4,200-6,500) $10,755
Lot 166: 2005 Musigny, Vieilles Vignes, Comte Georges de Vogüé (12 bs) (est. $8,000-12,000) $16,730
Lot 220: 1995 Chambertin, Armand Rousseau (12 bs) (est. $6,000-9,000) $13,145
Lot 1018: 2002 Montrachet, Marquis de Laguiche, Joseph Drouhin (12 bs) (est. $3,000-4,500) $7,768
Lot 553: 1970 Unico, Bodegas Vega Sicilia (2 mags) (est. $2,000-3,000) $5,736
Lot 719: 1982 Château Pichon-Longueville, Lalande (1 dbl-mag (3L)) (est. $1,400-2,000) $4,541
Lot 346: 1982 Château Trotanoy (1 imp (6L)) (est. $2,600-3,800) $6,573
Lot 369: 1998 Château Trotanoy (12 bs) (est. $2,600-3,800) $6,573

Sale Stats
Percent sold by lot: 100%
Total Aggregate: $3,668,745
Low Pre-Sale Estimate: $2,320,510
High Pre-Sale Estimate: $3,470,730

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Founded in October 2004, Hart Davis Hart represents the alliance of three highly-respected industry leaders: John Hart, Michael Davis, and Paul Hart, with a combined experience of nearly 90 years in the rare wine business. John Hart, a renowned expert, has been a leader in the rare wine retail business for over three decades. With extensive careers at Christie’s, Davis & Company, and Sotheby’s, Michael Davis and Paul Hart are the most experienced wine auctioneers in America.

Hart Davis Hart has emerged as one of the most innovative and trusted sources for rare wines in America, with over 150 years of combined experience in the specialized field of fine and rare wines. No other firm can approach their level of expertise, network of relationships, or dedication to service.

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