This spring, Sotheby’s will present The Masterpiece Collection, a remarkable wine collection created by a
collector sensitive to the delights of both wine and art. The intrinsic quality of the wines is married, in many
cases, to the rarity element, with many treasures at varying stages of maturity, but all of them broachable now. Bordeaux classics from four decades form the core and benchmark 1982s feature strongly. Large formats are a standout throughout, especially for collectors who prize magnums. A final flourish comes courtesy of a glimpse of top White Burgundy and Red Rhône, plus a cache of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. Comprising 194 lots with a combined pre-sale estimate in the region of £1.3 million, this exceptional collection will be offered at Sotheby’s London on 16 May in a dedicated morning auction, to be followed by a various owner sale in the afternoon.
Serena Sutcliffe M.W., Sotheby’s Honorary Chairman of Wine, said: “These truly ‘bankable’ wines that made the formidable reputation of Bordeaux provide some of the greatest tastes we can ever experience. It is taxing, to say the least, to pick out glittering favourites amongst ‘The Battle of the First Growths’ and their equivalents on the Right Bank. The serious side of this great collection was in its acquisition and care, as provenance and storage are a given. Now is the moment for these landmark wines to be enjoyed to the full.”
Sotheby’s Wine auctions in 2017 brought a worldwide total of $64 million. Sotheby’s overall total of $88.27 million for global wine auctions in 2010 is the highest in the company’s forty-seven years of wine auctions.
The Lafite Ex Cellars sale held by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in October 2010 set a new record for a single standard sized bottle at auction when a bottle of Château Lafite 1869 sold for $232,692. This means that Sotheby’s now holds the world records for a standard bottle, a bottle in any format – the Jeroboam of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 which fetched $310,700 in February 2007 in New York – and any wine lot at auction -the Romanée-Conti Superlot (114 bottles) which sold for HK$12,556,250 (US$1,609,776) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in October 2014.
Sotheby’s holds the record for a wine collection sold at auction. Wines from the Cellar of William I. Koch (New York, 19-21 May 2016) brought a total of $21.9 million, with 100% lots sold.
Sotheby’s set a world record for any wine sales series when a two-day series of auctions in Hong Kong on 30-31 March 2018 brought a combined total of HK$228.3 million (US$29.1 million). Comprising 1,758 lots, The Philanthropist’s Cellar, The Cellar from the Estate of Jerry Perenchio, and Finest & Rarest Wines were 100% sold.
Between 2009 and October 2011 Sotheby’s Hong Kong maintained 16 consecutive 100%-sold wine auctions in Asia – the only major auction house with this record.