Fine & Rare Wines auction at Bonhams tops $843K while setting record prices

27 Jul 2013, Fine & Rare Wines
Fine & Rare Wines

Fine & Rare Wines auction at Bonhams tops $843K while setting record prices

27 Jul 2013, Fine & Rare Wines

San Francisco—Bonhams Fine & Rare Wines auction, July 27 in San Francisco, simulcast in New York and Los Angeles, realized strong results of $843,020 with 91% of lots sold. The auction featured 791 lots, the majority of which came from the cellar of a California collector who focused extensively on white Burgundies, German Rieslings and California Cabernets. All ex-Chateaux and purchased on release, this was a consignment of exemplary provenance.

Leading the auction's results was a six-bottle lot of 1985 Ramonet Montrachet which brought in $13,090, including premium, showing the increased and continuing global demand for top Burgundy. Not to be outdone, Bordeaux showed its market strength as a 12-bottle lot of 1982 Mouton Rothschild reached $11,900, including premium.

Additional notable offerings included a three-bottle case of 2007 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon and a mixed case of 1985 Raveneau Chablis, each separately achieving $7,140, with the latter lot soaring well past its estimate. Also of note, a two-bottle lot of 1986 Domaine del la Romanee-Conti Montrachet brought $6,545.

Highlights also included a 12-bottle lot of 1995 Chateau Margaux and a 12-bottle lot of 1984 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, each separately bringing in $5,355.

Strong results were also received for many lots of classic California wines, with a 10-bottle lot of 1978 and 1979 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon selling for $1,900; a mixed 22-bottle lot of Diamond Creek Volcanic Creek Cabernet Sauvignon achieving $7,140; and a lot of 1978 Heitz Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, consisting of three bottles and three magnums, reaching a record price of $2,975. These excellent results again showed Bonhams to be the preeminent venue for the auction of classic California wines.

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Auction: September 14, San Francisco, simulcast in New York and Los Angeles


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