Case of 1961 makes £100k at auction
25th October, 2013 by Rupert Millar
A case of 1961 Château Latour à Pomerol from the cellars of its one-time owner, Madame Lacoste-Loubat, was sold for over £100,000 at auction this week.
Valued at £40,000-£50,000, the hammer came down at £103,400 at Sotheby’s London sale on 23 October.
The entire sale made £2,306,549, half of that from the collection of the late Madame Lacoste-Loubat who was previously the owner of both Latour à Pomerol and near neighbour Pétrus.
Unsurprisingly therefore, wines from the two Right Bank properties dominated the best-selling lots, Pétrus in particular.
The second highest seller was a double magnum of 1965 Pétrus which trounced its relatively conservative £7,500 high estimate and sold for £47,000, as did a rather higher valued case of the 1982.
Other Pétrus treasures in the top-selling lots included cases of the 1989, 1990 and 1998 vintages and a magnum of the 1945.
Sotheby’s head of wine, Stephen Mould, said the sale, “proves that perfect provenance attracts global interest.”
All proceeds from the sale will go to the foundation, Le Foyer de Charité in accordance with Lacoste-Loubat’s will.