Fine & Rare Wines

Bordeaux and California lead Bonhams $1.2 million Fine & Rare Wines auction

Fine & Rare Wines
21 Sep 2013
San Francisco
Fine & Rare Wines

San Francisco — The Fine & Rare Wines auction, September 21 at Bonhams in San Francisco and simulcast in New York and Los Angeles, brought a successful $1.2 million, with top offerings from various fantastic collections highlighting the sale.

Leading the auction was 12 bottles of Château Latour 1982, which sold for $16,660, as part of a collection of Bordeaux from a gentleman in the Pacific Northwest. Two additional standout offerings from this collection included 11 bottles of Château Mouton Rothschild 2000, which sold for $13,090, and 12 bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 1986, which sold for $11,305.

A second prominent collection, including a sampling of first growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy from a Southern California collector, featured such highlights as a bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1999, which sold for $13,090 and six bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche 2002, which sold for $11,305.

The bulk of the sale was formed from the remarkable collection of Mr. Oscar Leidenfrost, a noted Los Angeles architect and wine lover. The top lots from this extraordinary consignment were nine bottles of Château Pétrus from the years 1966, 1968, 1971, 1978 and 1985, which sold for $11,900, and a single bottle of DRC Romanée-Conti 1937, which sold for $11,900. Also of note from this collection was the huge success of older California wines. A single bottle of Ridge Eisele 1971 sold for $2,600, a 12 bottle mix-lot of Ridge Monte Bello 1974 through 1981 sold for $5,000 and three bottles of Heitz Cellars Martha's Vineyard sold for $3,570.

Highlights continued with the property of a gentleman from Connecticut, including five bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 1982, which sold for $11,900, and two lots separately comprising 12 bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 1996, each selling for $11,305.

The next Fine & Rare Wines auction to take place at Bonhams in the U.S. will be November 23 at Bonhams in San Francisco and simulcast in New York and Los Angeles. The illustrated auction catalogue for the sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at For more information about the department, please visit


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