Sotheby’s to hold largest HK sale

Sotheby’s is to auction three fine wine cellars over two days in Hong Kong this October for an estimated US$8- $11 million.

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It will be the largest fine wine sale the auction house has ever held in Asia.

The first cellar is expected to make HK$19 – $26m (US$2.4 – $3.3m) and features a “magnificent” collection of Petrus – with 99 lots featuring 11 vintages from 1998 to 2012.

The second cellar includes wines from all over the world, with a particularly fine array of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Henri Jayer. There is also some exceptionally fine and old claret including 1945 Mouton and a double magnum of 1865 Lafite.

The third collection, which is estimated to bring in HK$27 – $38m (US$3.5 – $4.9m), includes a large collection of Masseto from standard to 15 litre bottles, as well as claret spanning 1910 to 2010, rare Burgundies and fine Japanese whiskies.

Adam Bilbey, head of Sotheby’s Wine Asia, said: “We are excited to open the autumn sale series with four sales spanning two days, offering an astounding wine selection of over 2,100 lots – the largest quantity of wine ever to be offered at a wine sale series here at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

“We are offering two exceptional private collections featuring a range of the finest wines with impeccable provenance and have been kept in perfect condition. An extensive array of wines spanning 150 years and from the best producers around the world adds to the breadth and depth of this sale series.

“Wine connoisseurs can also get their hands on a selection of Château Petrus in extraordinary quantity, rare and mythical wines such as 1865 Château Lafite, as well as two extremely hard-to-find Nebuchadnezzars acquired directly from Masseto. And finally, for the fashionista with a sophisticated taste for spirits of exquisite quality, our uniquely blend Louis XIII Cognac in a haute bespoke trunk hand-stitched by Hermès is definitely a gem not to miss.”

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