Bonhams holds London and SF sales

Auction house Bonhams has held sales in London and San Francisco recently, dominated by the top names from Bordeaux and Burgundy.

The London sale was held at the end of last week (6 April) and realised a total of £608,580. The top lot was a case of 1988 Romanée-Conti from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti which went for £141,000.

The next highest-sold lot was eight bottles of 1971 Salon which sold for £16,450, surpassing its high estimate.

Other top lots included a case of 1973 La Tâche from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 10 bottles of 1982 Mouton Rothschild and another 10 bottles of 1982 La Mission Haut-Brion.

Back at the end of March meanwhile, the house’s San Francisco sale realised US$580,000 and likewise saw claret and Burgundy rule the roost.

Highlights included a bottle of 2010 Romanée-Conti ($10,920), a case of 2010 Cheval Blanc as well as further cases of 2010 claret from Lafite and Margaux.

Leading Napa estate Screaming Eagle was also much in demand, three bottles of the 2001 vintage brought in $7,020 and another three bottles of the 2002 made $6,660.

Bonhams fine wine specialist in the US, Erin McGrath, said: “With more than 90% of the wines selling and a sold by value rate of 94%, this was an encouraging sale. Top prices for some exceptional Burgundy and Bordeaux showed the continued strength of the market in these traditional areas”.

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