San Francisco – Bonhams, the third largest international fine art auction house, held a Fine & Rare Wines auction on May 31 in San Francisco that achieved $806,142 with 86 percent of property sold by lot and 88 percent sold by value. The 638 lot-auction featured notable wines from a variety of regions, including Burgundy, Bordeaux and California.
Leading the auction was a 12-bottle lot of Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 that sold for $17,850. The lot came from an exceptional collection of Bordeaux almost entirely purchased en-primeur and remaining in original wood cases from a consignor in Marin County, California. From the same collection additional highlights included 12 bottles of Château Mouton Rothschild 1982 that sold for $10,115; 10 bottles of Château Latour 2000 that achieved $9,520; seven bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 2000 that brought $9,520; and three bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 1982 that took in $8,628.
Nearly 1,000 bottles of wine from California were also on offer and sold well, bringing a total of $21,000. They were largely from a consignment to benefit The V Foundation Wine Celebration. The V Foundation is a charitable organisation dedicated to saving lives by helping to find cures for cancer. The V Foundation was founded by the legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano, in conjunction with ESPN. The 16th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration charity event will take place August 7-10, 2014.
Also of note in the Bonhams auction, among offerings of Bordeaux and Burgundy from a Bay Area consignor, were six bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild 1982 that achieved $14,280, and nine bottles of Château Latour 1982 that fetched $10,710.
Rounding out the sale was a bottle of Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1985, from a San Francisco consignor that achieved $10,115; an imperial of Château Pétrus 1992 from a Northern California collector, that took in $8,925; and a magnum of 1995 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon that sold for $7,140.
For more information about the sale, or to view its online catalogue, please visit bonhams.com/auctions/21647/. The next auction of Fine & Rare Wines at Bonhams will take place July 26 in San Francisco and will be simulcast in Los Angeles.
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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 www.bonhams.com