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HDH begins autumn with $5.4m sale

Chicago auction house, Hart Davis Hart began its autumn season with a “stellar” sale that realised US$5.4 million.

The two-day sale saw over 2,000 lots sold to clients from four continents and 43 US states with over 40% of the offerings exceeding their high estimates.

Bordeaux and Burgundy dominated the sale, particularly from such stalwarts as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Henri Jayer and Petrus.

Vintages of 1982, 1986, 1995, 2000 and 2005 Bordeaux helped that category to achieve over $1.9m, while the combined Burgundy lots realised $1.8m, a hefty part of which ($588,000) came from 81 lots of DRC.

Wines from the Rhône, Italy and Spain “continued to command high hammer prices” with a rare encyclopedia of 38 lots of Vega Sicilia’s “Unico” making $114,000.

Top Californian wines from Sine Qua Non and Screaming Eagle represented an “important” pat of the sale, as did whisky with bourbon, Scotch and Japanese malts going under the hammer. The top whisky was an exceedingly rare 1995 Karuizawa 18-year-old Japanese single malt, Ghost Series 2nd edition #5022, which made $26,290 and which proves the continued popularity and collectability of rare Japanese whiskies.

The top wine lots were:

  • Eight bottles of 1990 Henri Jayer, Cros Parantoux – $65,725
  • Three double magnums of 1982 Petrus – $41,825
  • 12 bottles of assorted 1985 DRC – $41,825
  • Three bottles of 2005 DRC Romanée-Conti – $38,240
  • Three bottles of 2012 DRC Romanée-Conti – $38,240

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