Bonhams May Fine and Rare Wine Auction

Fine & Rare Wines
19 May 2012
New York

NEW YORK — Bonhams is pleased to be offering a May 19 auction of Fine & Rare Wines in New York and San Francisco, with a simulcast in Los Angeles. Notable vintages offered in the sale range in age from 1875 to 2009 with a total pre-sale estimate of well over $1 million. This sale is sure to attract connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.

Among the anticipated collections is a selection of perfectly stored complete cases of first-growth Bordeaux from the excellent 2000 vintage including Chateau Mouton Rothschild, with a pre-sale estimate of $11,000-15,000 and Chateau Latour, $10,000-14,000 as well as two rare and pristine six-bottle cases of 1997 Massetto, $3,200-5,500 each.

From a Californian collector comes an array of carefully preserved and very rare Italian wines including two bottles of 1971 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino, $1,900-2,500, and a single bottle of 1978 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino $1,400-1,800. Featured lots from other California consignors include a bounty of 100 point cult wines, such as 1994 and 1997 Harlan Estate, along with an ultra rare magnum of 2007 Scarecrow in original wooden case $3,000-5,000. Another superb cellar has consigned a wide array of California classics like Dunn, Caymus, Grace Family, and Spottswoode along with a well stored case of 1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild $15,000-20,000.

Collectors interested in older vintages may enjoy highlights like a bottle of 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, $8,000-12,000, a magnum of the famed 1974 Heitz Martha's Vineyard $2,000-3,000, or 3 bottles of 1875 Isaias Hellman Cucumunga Vineyard Port Wine for $1,000-1,500. Other notable lots include 1996 and 2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild each in 12 bottle original wooden cases, 2005 Echezeaux from Domaine de la Romanee Conti, or the highly sought after 1994 Dominus Estate.

The May 19 auction of Fine & Rare Wines will take place at Bonhams New York headquarters at 580 Madison Avenue, with live simulcast at Bonhams San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Press Contacts:

Julie Saunders Guinta (917) 206-1681


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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