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FINEST & RAREST WINES AND SPIRITS-Christies Auction Results in New York

Written by Ritenis Aksel


TOTAL: $2,957,438

92% BY VALUE | 88% BY LOT

Strong prices realized for Château Lafite-Rothschild,

Domaine Fourrier, Rare DRC, Madeira, and Pre-prohibition Whiskey








Lot 843
Rufino Teixeira, Malvasia 1814
2 bottles per lot
Price realized: $11,875
Lot 263
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Assortment 1978
12 bottles per lot
Price Realized: $37,500
Lot 146
Château Lafite-Rothschild 1982
12 bottles per lot
Price realized: $32,500

New York – Christie’s New York Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits on December 13, 2019 totaled $2,957,438 with 92% sold by value and 88% sold by lot. The top lot of the sale was 12 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Assortment 1978, which realized $37,500.

The sale commenced with The Property of a Gentleman (Lots 1-212), one of the most comprehensive private collections of Château Lafite-Rothschild to appear at auction, led by a consignment directly removed from the Château. The collection performed with exceptional results realizing 110% above the estimate.

Rare Burgundy achieved strong results with Domaine Fourrier direct from the Domaine (Lots 213-259) surpassing estimates and the selection of Rare DRC including an Assortment Case from the 1978 Vintage (Lots 262—264) achieving impressive prices. The Ultimate Bordeaux and Californian Cabernet Collection (Lots 272-733) realized outstanding prices for Bordeaux First Growths alongside important Californian gems including 9 bottles of the Harlan Estate 2013 realizing $7,500.

Additionally, the two exceptional collections of rare Madeira (Lots 839-909; Lots 910-961) dating from 1760 through to 1952, received considerable attention with 2 bottles of the Rufino Teixeira, Malvasia 1814selling for $11,875. The selection of rare pre-prohibition whiskey (Lots 976-983), achieved spectacular prices with 24 pints of Hermitage Whiskey Bottled in Bond 9 Years Old 1914 selling for $8,750.

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Notable Results | Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits | 13 December 2019  

Lot 252
Fourrier, Griotte-Chambertin 1990
6 bottles per lot
Price Realized: $5,250


Lot 264
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Echézeaux 1985
12 bottles per lot
Price Realized: $27,500
Lot 446
Harlan Estate 2013
9 bottles per lot
Price Realized: $7,500


Lot 42
Château Lafite-Rothschild 2000
6 magnums per lot
Price realized: $14,375
Lot 845
Rufino Teixeira, Verdelho 1828
2 bottles per lot
Price Realized: $7,500
Lot 139
Château Lafite-Rothschild 1960
6 magnums per lot
Price Realized: $7,500 


About Christie’s  

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totaled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service, and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, 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.



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