‘Resounding success’ for All American sale

Christie’s sale dedicated to US wines saw strong demand from around the world and featured Sine Qua Non as its top lot.

sine-qua-non-black-blue-napa-valley-usa-10455882The sale, one of Christie’s new online auctions which ran between 27 June and 11 July, realised US$239,120 (£157,819).

Six bottles of 1992 Sine Qua Non Black and Blue (pictured) came out as the top lot, sold to a Hong Kong buyer for $15,860, just over the top estimate.

Screaming Eagle made up the rest of the top three lots. A double magnum of the 2002 was also sold to a Hong Kong buyer for $11,590, while a US trade buyer picked up three bottles of the 1997 for $9,760.

Senior specialist at Christie’s New York, Scott Torrence, said: “The resounding success of our All American wine auction is further confirmation in our belief that top domestic wines have international levels of interest.

“Sixty of our buyers for this sale came from eight countries (Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, UK and US). The best lots in this sale further confirm our sole ability to secure maximum interest for our sellers in an on-line format.

“It was a great pleasure to feature our top lot, 6 bottles of 1992 Sine Qua Non Black & Blue, perhaps California’s most elusive investment grade wine in the modern period.

“Domestic wineries and owners of cellars focused on this theme will take note that our venue remains the best marketplace for American wine. We look forward to returning to this theme with more excellent collections in the future.”


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