Results: Saturday’s season-opener sale, Finest & Rarest Wines exceeded the high estimate with $2.7 million (estimates $1.7/2.4 million). Buyers from North America, Europe, South America and Asia took notice of the extraordinary quantities and superlative storage of The Classic California Collection, leading to astonishing prices for Heitz Martha’s Vineyard and Mayacamas. Elsewhere, demand for blue-chip wines such as 1989 Haut Brion, Henri Jayer and DRC remained incredibly strong. We look forward to our next sale in New York on 21 October.
Auction Details: Sotheby’s is thrilled to mark the start of the fall season with an auction on 9 September consisting of over 1,200 lots of the world’s greatest wines. The sale begins with a compelling selection of treasures from the impeccable family cellar of a physician (Lots 1-73). Highlights of the Bordeaux-focused collection include Mouton’s celebrated 1982 vintage in bottles, magnums and double magnum (Lots 8-10) and pristine full cases of 1989 Haut Brion and Lafite (Lots 1 and 4, respectively).
Superlative offerings from California are also prominently featured, reflecting the passion and joy of two collectors in particular. Lots 104-351 feature cult sensations like Bryant, Colgin, Harlan, Screaming Eagle and Scarecrow in multiple formats. We are also ecstatic to be offering the greatest selection of Heitz and Mayacamas ever to be offered by Sothebys in The Classic California Collection (1968-2003) (Lots 575-816). The Heitz collection features cabernet from Bella Oaks, Trailside, and the legendary Martha’s Vineyard in vintages dating back to 1974. The Mayacamas offering is just as remarkable, with a variety of formats spanning vintages from 1968 to 1996.
Other highlights include Super Tuscan legends 2010 Ornellaia and 2007 Solaia (Lots 74-98) in original wooden cases, 2 bottles of Henri Jayer’s mythical 1985 Richebourg (Lots 102-103), and Lafite in variety of size formats, including 4 magnums of 1959 Lafite (Lot 352).