HDH celebrates ‘record-breaking’ 2017

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart has concluded a record-breaking US$9.1 million sale which has cemented it, once again, as the leading fine wine sales house in North America.

A “record-breaking” sale held over three days from 14-16 December in Chicago capped off an equally notable year for the auction house, which has led it to claim the top spot among US fine wine auctioneers for the seventh year in a row.

Its final sale of the year saw over 3,000 lots go under the hammer for US$9,083,338 – comfortably above the pre-sale high-estimate of $8.5m – and with a new auction record set for a case of 1982 Le Pin which sold for $155,350.

Furthermore, the auction was 100% sold, as were all seven of HDH’s other sales throughout the year. In total the house says it has garnered $48.6m in sales.

CEO Paul Hart commented: “Here at HDH we are truly grateful to our bidders and consignors, who have trusted the HDH team for so many years with the buying and selling of fine and rare wines. Our team is dedicated and committed to providing the very best services for our clients.”

There was strong bidding across the lots on offer at the final sale, especially for the large consignment of top Burgundy featuring wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Armand Rousseau, which otherwise dominated the top-selling lots after the case of ’82 Le Pin.

Other top lots covered an imperial of 2005 Petrus, bottles of Rip van Winkle Bourbon, three bottles of 1991 Hermitage from JL Chave and bottles of old Madeira.

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