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Sir Alex Burgundy sweeps London sale

6th June, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Burgundy from the cellar of Sir Alex Ferguson and a rare case of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg 1945 dominated Christie’s London sale yesterday.

DRCThe sale at Christie’s on Thursday 5 June included the follow up to the first part of the sale of Ferguson’s cellar which took place in Hong Kong at the end of last month and which realised just over £2m (HK$29m).

The London sale didn’t quite reach those heights but still saw a magnum of 2002 DRC Romanée-Conti make £16,450 and the total of the collection (valued at £3m) is now £2,667,883 with another, final, online sale between 9 and 23 June still to come.

In the wider sale, the top three lots were taken by three DRCs from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. The Richebourg ’45 went to a US buyer for £30,550, while Asian buyers scooped up a Jeroboam of Romanée-Conti 1966 for £23,500 and eight bottles of La Tâche 1959 for £22,325.

Chris Munro, head of the London Wine Department, commented: “Rare Burgundy took centre stage at this Fine & Rare Wine sale with wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti leading the auction.

“The Sir Alex Ferguson CBE Collection, which was led by a single magnum of Romanée-Conti 2002 which fetched £16,450 (lot 8298). Following on from the Hong Kong sale, the London offering from this collection brings the total to date to £2,667,883. We now look forward to the third sale from this collection which is offered in an online-only auction that opens on Monday 9 and runs to 23 June 2014.”

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