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Christie’s lines up Norwegian collector Christen Sveaas’ finest and rarest wine auction in Hong Kong

In an auction dedicated to Grands Cru expressions to be held later this month, Christie’s will sell a large selection of  “exceptional white Burgundy”, alongside iconic Bordeaux vintages.

From left: A bottle of Château Latour 1945 against Liu Wei’s Liberation No. 18, 2015-2016, © Liu Wei Studio / Image courtesy of Christen Sveaas Art Collection; Christen Sveaas; The wine cellar of Christen Sveaas

Comprising over 350 lots of prestigious and historic fine wines, with an estimated total value exceeding HK$20 million (US$2.5 million), the sale will offer fine wines from the impressive cellar belonging to Norwegian collector, Christen Sveaas.

Grands Crus Part III: Finest and Rarest Wines from the Cellar of Christen Sveaas will be auctioned live in Hong Kong on 24 March and the drinks business can reveal it is expected to feature iconic Bordeaux vintages such as 1928, 1945 and 1961 from producers including Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, La Mission Haut Brion, Palmer and Pétrus.

The auction will take place at Christie’s Alexandra House saleroom, and will also offer expressions of Château d’Yquem ranging from 1858 to 1962, as well as other well-aged Sauternes from the 1920s right through to the 1950s.

Highlights from Burgundy will include DRC from the 1950s to the 2010s, alongside a large selection of outstanding white Burgundy from DRC Montrachet, Leflaive and Coche Dury, amongst others.

Legendary Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle from 1961 will also be a significant feature.

Christen Sveaas remarked, “I am saying farewell to part of my treasured wine collection, much of which was acquired 20-30 years ago,” says Christen Sveaas. “While this moment is bittersweet, what gives me comfort is the tremendous experience these rare bottles will give to others, an experience I have had numerous times myself. I am also glad to share this part of my cellar with collectors in Asia, where there is such an appreciation and appetite for fine wine.”

Adam Bilbey, global head of wine and spirits, Christie’s commented: “This is a truly breathtaking selection of wines from one of the world’s great wine cellars. This sensational collection has been fervently assembled by Mr Sveaas for more than 35 years. Focused on Bordeaux with historic and renowned vintages from the very finest producers, the sale will undoubtedly incite tremendous excitement amongst wine connoisseurs in Asia and beyond. We are extremely honoured that Mr Sveaas has entrusted us with this prestigious sale in Hong Kong, which continues our trackrecord of presenting the most important single-owner wine collections to the market.”

Cristian Albu, international director and co-head of the 20th and 21st Century Art Department, Christie’s Asia Pacific added: “Christen Sveaas is a collector with a discerning eye and a passion for the very best and finest things this world has to offer, as reflected in his diverse and important art collection, the Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park, and his supreme wine cellar. It is a privilege for me to know Mr Sveaas personally and I am delighted that he is collaborating with Christie’s once again to share such an exquisite part of his wine collection.”

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Auction times
24 Mar 01:00 PM (HKT)

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