A toast to the holiday season - Bonhams to hold Fine Wine sale in December

San Francisco — The December 8 Fine and Rare Wines auction at Bonhams in San Francisco, simulcast in New York and Los Angeles, will be highlighted by an impressive cellar from a Southern California collector, featuring many rare Burgundies and Bordeaux from several notable vintages of the 20th Century. Notable Burgundies will include an assortment case of 1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (est. $35,000-$42,000), a rare magnum of 1961 Musigny from Comte de Vogüé (est. $5,000-$7,000) and a three-bottle lot of 1981 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux from Henri Jayer (est. $6,000-$8,000). Also offered in the collection will be numerous Burgundies from such outstanding vintages as 1949, 1959, 1969 and 1978. Bordeaux of note will include a complete case of 1966 Château Haut-Brion (est. $2,200-$3,200), a case of 1986 Château Lafite Rothschild (est. $10,000-$12,000) and two cases of 1979 Château Pétrus (est. $9,000-$12,000).

Various other notable collections will also be on offer, such as the Collection of the late Margie and Robert E. Petersen. Mr. Petersen was the founder of the Petersen Publishing Company. The collection will include many notable California wines, including more than 20 lots of Harlan Estate Red in original wooden cases (estimates vary), a rare magnum of 1996 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (est. $4,500-$5,500), and multiple lots of Dalla Valle "Maya."

A vertical collection of Shafer "Hillside Select" Cabernet Sauvignon, comprised of a six-bottle case of each vintage from 1997 to 2007 (66 bottles total, est. $14,000-$16,000), will also be on offer.

The illustrated auction catalogue for the December 2012 sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com/auctions/20079/. For more information about the department, please visit www.bonhams.com/departments/WIN/.

Auction: December 8, San Francisco, simulcast in New York and Los Angeles


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

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