We are pleased to embark on a new year with a strong sale of Finest and Rarest Wines Featuring the Connoisseur’s Cellar Part II last weekend in Hong Kong that achieved a total of HK$26 million/US$3.33 million with over 38% of the lots sold above high estimate, demonstrating the continued strength and vitality of the Asian wine market. Bidding in the room and online was active, dominated by buyers from Hong Kong, followed by China, Japan and Taiwan. We are particularly delighted to witness strong demand for whiskies including Japanese Karuizawa Whisky and The Dalmore, which were sold 100%. The result of this sale is a testament to the significance of impeccable provenance.
Sotheby’s is delighted to present its first wine sale of 2017, Finest and Rarest Wines Featuring the Connoisseur’s Cellar Part II, on 21 January in Hong Kong. With a collection spanning 140 years (1874 – 2014), this is an incredibly wide-ranging line-up of whites and reds across multiple countries and regions, vintages and bottle sizes, including the legendary Mouton Rothschild 1945 and Cheval Blanc 1947. The sale will also see icons from California and exceptional Japanese whiskies such as Karuizawa, among others. Comprising more than 900 lots, the sale is estimated at HK$20 – 27 million / US$2.56 – 3.46 million.
Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby’s Wine Asia, said, “We are thrilled to be offering the second instalment of The Connoisseur’s Cellar, which is a sensational collection from one of our most knowledgeable clients. The Mouton Rothschild 1945 and Cheval Blanc 1947 are both true treasures in this sale and are extremely rare to come by. Whether seeking a magnum to share in celebration with friends and family or an iconic wine from Romanée-Conti and Henri Jayer to take pride of place in the cellar, collectors will discover the offerings they seek at a range of price points in this comprehensive sale.”
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