The strength and diversity of fine wine and spirits sales at Christie's during 2014 serves to underline the wonderful variety of truly rare bottles still available in the global market. Christie’s international sales for this category totaled over $55 million, with strong results for the collections of football impresario Sir Alex Ferguson and Swiss entrepreneur Jean-Claude Biver of Hublot. Additional highlights include top prices for a one-of-a-kind collection of the rarest Vega-Sicilia and the record-breaking Hospices de Beaune sale last November.
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WHO WE ARE
Through our live auctions and e-commerce channel, Christie’s wine department offers collectors and wine enthusiasts the opportunity to easily sell and acquire exceptional bottles sourced from around the world. From providing expert advice on building and maintaining a collection to offering auction valuations ranging from single bottles up to an entire cellar, our team of specialists works with clients across the globe to assist with a wide range of buying and selling needs.
A DISTINGUISHED HISTORY
James Christie’s first auction in 1766 featured 10 wine lots, and during the centuries that have followed, Christie’s has established itself as a leader in the international wine market. We are proud to have presented wines from some of the world’s more distinguished collections in several landmark auctions, including the Private Cellar of Henri Jayer, the Collection of Christen Sveaas, Rarities from the Cellar of Château Latour and Three Centuries of Madeira. From record-breaking bottles to innovative partnerships, including our annual Hospices de Beaune auction organized by Christie’s since 2005, our legacy of leadership in this category is second to none.
INNOVATION AND GLOBAL REACH
Apart from market leading results, Christie’s has consistently set itself apart with innovative online initiatives and our unmatched global reach. With regular auctions in Asia, Europe and the United States, Christie’s is the only international auction house to sell wine in mainland China, just one example of our dedication to connecting buyers and sellers around the world.
Christie’s holds close to 20 live wine auctions each year in our international salerooms in Hong Kong, Shanghai, London and New York. With such frequency, these auctions provide a rotating assortment of the highest quality wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and other global wine centers.
With Christie’s Wine Online sales, top quality bottles are just a click away. Established in 2012, our online platform has grown steadily to include over a dozen auctions each year, featuring everything from first-growth Bordeaux and other blue-chip wines to lesser-known treasures, with estimates starting at just $50.