Romanée-Conti led Bonhams Fine & Rare Wines, Cognac and Single Malt Whisky Auction on 21 November at the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong with seven of the top eight lots coming from this iconic Burgundy domaine. A case of the 1988 vintage made HK$1,047,200 (£84,686) and six bottles of the 1995 vintage achieved HK$511,700 (£41,380).
These seven lots of Romanée-Conti all came from a private European collector. "The results show that buyers are prepared to pay top prices for the best wines with excellent provenance. Romanée-Conti is now clearly established as one of the most sought after wines in Asia," said Richard Harvey, Bonhams' Master of Wine.
Bottle number 8 of the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955-55-year-old sold in aid of Operation Smile China Medical Mission went for HK$452,200 (£36,564), above its estimate of HK$360,000 – $420,000 (£29,000 – 34,000). The amount achieved will go a long way in providing free surgery and post operative care to needy children and young adults in China born with a cleft lip or cleft palate and help them regain their smiles in order to live healthy, normal lives.
Since Bonhams started auctioning single malt whisky in Hong Kong in November 2009, sales of this liquid gold have gone from strength to strength. A bottle of Glenlivet 70 Years Old, distilled in 1940 sold for HK$202,300 (£16,358). Bonhams regularly sells single malt whisky in Hong Kong, Edinburgh and New York and leads this auction category.
Overall, the sale totalled HK$14 million (£1,133,000), with 87% sold by lot and value.
"This result shows that the market in both wines and spirits is starting to regain the strength shown in 2009 and 2010. With limited supply of top quality wines such as Romanée-Conti available in the market, it is no surprise that buyers have come back to secure iconic bottles. We also noted an increase in the percentage of new registrants for this sale," added Richard Harvey.
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