RELEASE: A Revolutionary Cognac At Auction At Christie’s Geneva, 13 + 14 November 2012





An Incredible Private Collection of Vintage Cognac, Whisky and Cigars

At Auction at Christie’s Geneva on 13&14 November

Geneva – This November, Christie's Fine and Rare Wines auction will not only feature a fabulous range of great wines, but will also boast a separate catalogue dedicated to an incredible private collection of vintage Cognac, Whisky and Cigars. Highlighted by a sensational bottle of Grande Fine Champagne made by Saulnier Frères in 1789 – the year of the French Revolution (illustrated above), this special sale of 249 lots will take place on the morning of the 13 November at Christie’s Geneva. On the following day some 870 lots of fine and rare wines, including a superb collection from the Private Cellar of Henri Jayer will also be offered at auction. The two day sales are expected to realise a combined total in excess of SFr.3 million.


Michael Ganne, Head of the Sale: “What a great vintage to start a Cognac collection with, the historical and extremely rare 1789 – the year of the French Revolution. Cognac will play an important role at Christie’s November sales in Geneva alongside rare spirits, fine wines and, offered at auction in Switzerland for the first time in many years, cigars. Furthermore we are delighted to present a superb wine collection from the private Cellar of Henri Jayer. It is an immense honour to bring to auction one of his more iconic wines – The Richebourg 1978. This is a unique chance to buy this wine with such perfect provenance and condition”.


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About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in first half of 2017 that totalled £2.35 billion / $3 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.