BACCHUS & TOBACCOS
FINE AND RARE WINES
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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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in the
first half of 2013 that totaled £2.4 billion/ $3.68 billion. In 2012, Christie’s had global
auction and private sales that totaled £3.92 billion/$6.27 billion making it the highest annual
total in Christie’s history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art,
unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James
Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the
centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over
450 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 and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and
Jewellery. Private sales totaled £465.2 million ($711.8 million) in the first half of 2013, an
increase of 13% on the previous year, and for the third successive year represents the highest total
for the period in both company and art market history.
Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world
including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai,
and Mumbai. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets
such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in
Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s
premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s
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