San Francisco — The November 23 auction of Fine and Rare Wines at Bonhams San Francisco (simulcast in Los Angeles and New York) achieved more than $1.1 million. Led by highlights from a consignment out of San Francisco, the top seller was a 12-bottle lot of Château Mouton Rothschild 1982 in original wood that sold for $11,900 against an estimate of $8,000-10,000.
From the same collection, 12 bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 2002 sold for $7,735; six bottles of Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 sold for $7,140; and three bottles of Screaming Eagle 2002 sold for $6,545, ahead of an estimate of $4,500-5,500. Two separate 12-bottle lots of Château Pichon-Lalande 1982 each achieved $7,735 against an estimate of $5,000-7,000.
Also of note, from the collection of a restaurateur and repeat Southern California collector, were six bottles of DRC Romanée-St-Vivant 2005 in original wood that sold for $8,925 against an estimate of $5,500-7,500, and six bottles of DRC Romanée-St-Vivant 2002, also in original wood, that sold for $6,545 ahead of an estimate of $4,500-5,500.
Special in the sale was a second offering from the collection of Los Angeles architect Oscar Leidenfrost, including a six-bottle mixed lot of 1985 DRC comprised of Grands-Échézeaux, La Tâche, Richebourg and Romanée-St-Vivant, Marey Monge, which sold for $8,568. There was also a rare selection of Ridge Petite Sirah, York Creek, from 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1979; Ridge Petite Sirah, Devil's Hill, from 1980, 1981 and 1982; Ridge Claret, Langtry Road, from 1980 and 1981; and Ridge Claret, Roffinella, from 1981, that brought $2,975, eclipsing an estimate of $250-350.
Bonhams was also pleased to offer wine from the estate of the very talented Mr. Henry Mancini, including 12 bottles of Château Palmer 1982, which sold for $2,380.
Rounding out the sale were three bottles of Screaming Eagle 1995, from the collection of a North Bay collector, that sold for $8,568 against an estimate of $5,500-7,500; three bottles and five magnums of Dom Pérignon Rose 1982, from a long-time collector and Bonhams client in Manhattan, that sold for $7,735; and one bottle of DRC Romanée-Conti 1970, from a Southern California Collector, that sold for $6,545 against an estimate of $4,000-5,500.
The next auction of Fine & Rare Wines at Bonhams will be held March 22, 2014 in San Francisco (simulcast in Los Angeles and New York). The illustrated auction catalog will be available online for review and purchase, preceding the sale, at www.bonhams.com/auctions/21630. For more information about the department, please visit www.bonhams.com/departments/WIN/.
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