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  • 23 May 2022

Christie’s Hong Kong Wine Spring Auctions

Realised a Combined Sale Total of HK$209,317,250/ US$26,795,350

Leading The Wine Auction Market in Asia Year to Date with the Highest Ever Total for the Category at Christie's

THE VISIONARY’S SPECTACULAR CELLAR Live Auction 100% SOLD

Sale Total: HK$131,898,875/ US$16,884,784

MOST VALUABLE SINGLE-OWNER WINE COLLECTION EVER SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S GLOBALLY
Sale Proceeds to Further the Impact of London Business School

The Visionary’s Spectacular Cellar Part ll Online Auction Opens from 23 May – 8 June

THE ULTIMATE PRIVATE COLLECTION FEATURING
THE GREATEST BURGUNDIES PART II

Sale Total: HK$77,418,375/ US$9,910,566
94% Sold by Lot | 97% Sold by Value

Hong Kong – From 21-23 May, Christie’s Hong Kong held auctions of two magnificent single-owner wine collections, “The Visionary’s Spectacular Cellar”, and “The Ultimate Private Collection Featuring The Greatest Burgundies Part II”, realising a historic combined sale total of HK$209,317,250/ US$26,795,350, with 97% sold by lot and 114% hammer above low estimate, and almost 40% of lots surpassed their pre-sale high estimates. The spirited saleroom saw participation from 11 countries across 5 continents, with almost 40% of lots sold online through Christie’s LiveTM. The Visionary’s Spectacular Cellar Part ll continues to welcome bidding online from 23 May until 8 June.

Michelle Chan, Head of Wine, Christie’s Asia Pacific commented, “The historical results for these two magnificent single-owner collections achieved over the past three days, coupled with the phenomenal success of the “Iconic Wines from Joseph Lau” sale last month, underscore the ever-growing vibrancy and significance of Asia in the global wine market. This season, we are very privileged to have convened distinguished wine collectors and enthusiasts worldwide in our Hong Kong saleroom physically and online, who not only recognise the breadth and depth of our vinous offerings but also the expertise and synergy of our specialist teams. We look forward to continuing to present extraordinary wine collections in the future in this new chapter of wine auctions at Christie’s.”

Adam Bilbey, Global Head of Wine and Spirits, Christie’s, remarked, “This spring has undoubtedly been a historic season for Christie’s Wine, as we witnessed unprecedented results realised in Hong Kong this May. With strong bidding and participation across the world, we maintain our strong momentum in the market, establishing a solid foundation for the superb lineup of upcoming auctions later in the next few months both live and online, in our sale sites across the globe — Geneva, London, and Los Angeles. The expertise of our international team in sourcing and offering a diverse range of the rarest and most prized vinous treasures with exceptional provenance, best equips us to continue spearheading the global wine auction market.”

Leading the live auctions was lot 5407 from “The Visionary’s Spectacular Cellar” — Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1999, 12 bottles per lot, sold for HK$3,000,000/ US$384,039 against its pre-sale low estimate of HK$1,800,000/ US$230,424.

Sale Highlights of “The Visionary’s Spectacular Cellar” live auction – please click here for detailed press release.

Sale Highlights of “The Ultimate Private Collection Featuring The Greatest Burgundies Part II”:The assortment of Domaine Leroy realised solid prices. The top lot of this sale and of the assortment was lot 6482, Domaine Leroy, Chambertin 2009, 12 bottles per lot, sold for HK$1,062,500/ US$136,014. Highlights include:Lot 6482Domaine Leroy,Chambertin 200912 bottles per lotPrice realised:HK$1,062,500/ US$136,014

Sale Highlights of  “The Ultimate Private Collection Featuring The Greatest Burgundies Part II”:
The assortment of Domaine Leroy realised solid prices. The top lot of this sale and of the assortment was lot 6482, Domaine Leroy, Chambertin 2009, 12 bottles per lot, sold for HK$1,062,500/ US$136,014. Highlights include:

Lot 6482
Domaine Leroy,
Chambertin 2009
12 bottles per lot
Price realised:HK$1,062,500/ US$136,014

Sale Highlights of “The Ultimate Private Collection Featuring The Greatest Burgundies Part II”:Rarities from DRC continued to see deep bidding. Top-performing lots include:Lot 6267Domaine de la Romanée-Conti,Assortment 199912 bottles per lotPrice realised: HK$687,500/ US$88,009

Sale Highlights of “The Ultimate Private Collection Featuring The Greatest Burgundies Part II”:
Rarities from DRC continued to see deep bidding. Top-performing lots include:

Lot 6267
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti,
Assortment 1999
12 bottles per lot
Price realised: HK$687,500/ US$88,009

Top Red Burgundy from Henri Jayer, Domaine Armand Rousseau and Domaine Méo-Camuzet saw fierce competition. Featured lots include lot 6067 - Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin 2005, 12 bottles per lot, sold for HK$687,500/ US$88,009, and:Lot 6413Henri Jayer,Vosne-Romanée 199312 bottles per lotPrice realised: HK$812,500/ US$104,011

Top Red Burgundy from Henri Jayer, Domaine Armand Rousseau and Domaine Méo-Camuzet saw fierce competition. Featured lots include lot 6067 - Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin 2005, 12 bottles per lot, sold for HK$687,500/ US$88,009, and:

Lot 6413
Henri Jayer,
Vosne-Romanée 1993
12 bottles per lot
Price realised: HK$812,500/ US$104,011

Top Red Burgundy from Henri Jayer, Domaine Armand Rousseau and Domaine Méo-Camuzet saw fierce competition. Featured lots include lot 6067 - Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin 2005, 12 bottles per lot, sold for HK$687,500/ US$88,009, and:Lot 6517Domaine Méo-Camuzet,Richebourg 199312 bottles per lotPrice realised: HK$475,000/ US$60,806

Top Red Burgundy from Henri Jayer, Domaine Armand Rousseau and Domaine Méo-Camuzet saw fierce competition. Featured lots include lot 6067 - Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin 2005, 12 bottles per lot, sold for HK$687,500/ US$88,009, and:

Lot 6517
Domaine Méo-Camuzet,
Richebourg 1993
12 bottles per lot
Price realised: HK$475,000/ US$60,806

Red Bordeaux vintages remain coveted by wine lovers. Highlights include:Lot 6792Château Lafleur 19826 magnums per lotPrice realised: HK$875,000/ US$112,011

Red Bordeaux vintages remain coveted by wine lovers. Highlights include:

Lot 6792
Château Lafleur 1982
6 magnums per lot
Price realised: HK$875,000/ US$112,011

The selection of White Burgundy also realised strong prices, with the following highlights:Lot 6637Domaine Leroy,Corton-Charlemagne 20096 bottles per lotPrice realised: HK$375,000/ US$48,005

The selection of White Burgundy also realised strong prices, with the following highlights:

Lot 6637
Domaine Leroy,
Corton-Charlemagne 2009
6 bottles per lot
Price realised: HK$375,000/ US$48,005

The selection of Champagne greatly rounded out the sale, highlighted by:

Lot 6902, Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2002, 12 bottles per lot, sold for HK$187,500/ US$24,002
Lot 6834, Dom Pérignon Rosé P3 1988, 3 magnums per lot, realised HK$125,000/ US$16,002
Lot 6872, Krug Clos du Mesnil 1988, 4 bottles per lot, sold for HK$93,750/ US$12,001 

The Visionary’s Spectacular Cellar Part ll will be offered online from 23 May - 8 June.

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Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

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