When you are ready to sell a bottle of fine wine or consign a wine collection, Sotheby's Wine can help you realise the highest price at an upcoming wine auction. In fact, some special bottles of red wine, white wine, champagne and spirits, such as Macallan, might fetch more than you dreamed, and that's the excitement of auction.
Sotheby's Wine can help maximise the value of vintages such as DRC, Rousseau, Roumier, Dujac, Leroy, Liger-Belair, Coche-Dury, Lafite, Mouton, Ausone and Margaux when you consign a wine collection. Simply provide an inventory list through our easy-to-use and confidential online estimate form, and we can sell your wine at auction or directly through one of our retail locations.
Sotheby's Wine, your most reliable resource for fine wine appraisal and consignment, continues to outpace market competitors, often achieving hammer prices well above our estimates. In 2018, our annual wine and spirits sales exceeded $100 million for the first time. Global wine auction sales surged over 50% year over year with 61% of lots sold above their high estimate. Our savvy wine experts can create a customized plan and make the wine-selling process easy by arranging for inspection, packing and shipping to our temperature-controlled warehouses. In addition to auctions, we conduct private sales in a range of categories, including wine. To learn more, click here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Does Sotheby's sell wine online?Absolutely. Today’s collectors are in search of red wine, white wine, champagne, and spirits through live auctions, private sales and online through sothebys.com. When you submit your wine online, our specialists will consider it for consignment in both live and online sales.
- Do wine auctions only include wine or can I sell spirits at auction as well?Yes, Sotheby's wine auctions include fine and rare spirits as well. Our top-selling spirits typically include bottles by producers such as Macallan, Dalmore, and Icihro Hanyu.
- Which wines sell for the highest price at auction?In 2018, Domaine de La Romanée-Conti, Petrus, Lafite, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Leroy, Margaux, Haut Brion, The Macallan and Cheval Blanc were the top-performing producers at auction. For California wines, Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle continued to dominate sales, while Sassicaia was the top-selling Italian wine. Rare Bordeaux and Burgundy wines continue to lead the market, while champagnes also realise high prices. Wines from Italy, the United States, Rhone, Germany and Spain also find eager buyers at auction.
Additional Sotheby's Wine facts for 2018:
Highest-value single retail transaction: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 2005, Assortment 7 Methuselahs, sold in Hong Kong at retail for $1.5 million.
World's most expensive bottle of wine: 1 bottle of Romanée-Conti, 1945, sold at auction in New York for $558,000.
Highest price for any spirit in the Americas: 1 bottle of The Macallan, 1926, 60 Years Old, Sir Peter Blake, sold at auction in New York for $843,200.