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 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 2020, our annual wine and spirits sales exceeded $45 million with $24 million of wine and spirits sold online. See here for our full 2020 Midyear Market Report. 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.
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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 2020, Domaine de La Romanée-Conti, The Macallan, Jean-Louis Chave, Dujac, Roumier, Rosseau, Cheval Blanc, Karuizawa, Leroy, and Lafite were the top-performing producers at auction. 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:
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 Japanese whisky: 1 bottle of Karuizawa, 1960, 52 Years Old, Zodiac Rat Cask, sold at auction in London for $435,273.