RELEASE: Christie's Hong Kong Presents: Fine & Rare Wines - Featuring an Important European Cellar Release

Hong Kong

Christie’s Hong Kong June 2012 Wine Sale Presents 

Fine and Rare Wines: Featuring an Important European Cellar  

Distinguished Names, Exquisite Quality & Perfect Provenance 




Fine & Rare Wines, Featuring an Important European Cellar

Date:  Saturday, 16 June 2012   

Time:  12.00pm

Venue:  22nd Floor, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Building on the success of Christie’s May sale of Fine and Rare Wines, The Property of a Gentleman, Part II, which realized in excess of HK$20,000,000 with a 100% sold rate, Christie’s Hong Kong presents the final sale of the spring season on Saturday, June 16. This is an opportunity for collectors in Asia to acquire some of the finest and rarest treasures of pristine quality and flawless provenance from throughout the world of wine. A small selection of choice vintages direct from the personal cellar of the renowned Henri Jayer lead the sale alongside an excellent assemblage of Burgundies, ranging from the Liger Belair grandes crus to select 1949 vintages to more modern DRC assortments and full cases of the exceptional 1988 Romanée-Conti.

Charles Curtis MW, Head of Wine for Asia at Christie's commented, “The central jewel of our sale, comprising the majority of our lots, is a pristine collection from a European collector. This connoisseur has a long connection to the wine trade, and today offers our clients the finest wines from his personal cellar. His discerning palate bought only the very best and in nearly every category from Left Bank to Right Bank Bordeaux to Burgundy, Italy and the United States. The offerings range from case quantities of the best first and “Super Second” Left Bank Bordeaux to the classics from the Right Bank: Petrus, Le Pin, Ausone, Trotanoy and all of the top names. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your personal collection with the best wines in pristine condition and with impeccable provenance”

In addition to the superlative array of Bordeaux, a collection of well-chosen vintages ranging from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to Masseto, Sassicaia and Harlan are also included. These wines were purchased upon release and stored in professional storage prior to their removal by Christie’s specialists. Both new and veteran collectors alike will delight in the refined drinking experience as well as the value of this selection.

Offering some of the most superb cases of wine to come to market in recent years, Featuring an Important European Cellar presents new and experienced collectors alike with the occasion to acquire an excellent selection of fine and rare wines.

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Christie’s Wine Auctions – A Tradition Since 1766

Wine auctions at Christie’s started in l766 when James Christie wielded the gavel, and since then there has been a long and glorious history of selling fine and rare wines.  For over 240 years, Christie's - the world’s leading auction house – has been offering the finest and rarest wines for trade buyers and private collectors. Our trusted team of specialists offers unparalleled experience and understanding of the market, enabling us to offer wines that fulfill stringent demands on quality, provenance and condition. Leading the wine auction world with over US$90 million in sales in 2011, Christie’s International Wine Department offers wine sales at ten locations spanning Europe and North America and Asia.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2011 that totaled £2.0 billion/$3.2 billion. In 2010 it achieved global auction and private sales of £3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. 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 conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales 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 has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Zurich, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new 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 credits.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

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.

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

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