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Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring 2019 Wine Sales

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring 2019 Wine Sale Presents

Over 2,800 Lots of Legendary and Iconic Wines & Spirits 
Estimated at HK$168-239 million / US$22-30

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29 – 31 March 2019
Tran-scend-ent Wines

2704 Lots Estimated at HK$147-206 million / US$19-26 million
*The Highest-Estimated Wine Auction in History*


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1 April 2019
Finest and Rarest Wines
Featuring the Château Mouton Rothschild Versailles Celebration Cases

192 Lots Estimated at HK$21-33 million / US$3-4 million 

 

Hong Kong, 19 March 2019          From 29 March to 1 April, Sotheby’s will present two exceptional wines sales in Hong Kong, bringing to the market more than 2,800 lots with a combined pre-sale estimate of HK$168-239 million (US$20-30 million). 

Adam Bilbey, Head of Wine, Sotheby’s Asia, states, “We are thrilled to present another extraordinary series of wine sales, the highest value at Sotheby’s in Asia to date, and it is with great pleasure that we offer Tran-scend-ent Wines – the highest estimated wine collection ever to be seen at auction. Also not to be missed, in our Finest and Rarest sale, are the limited-edition Versailles Celebration Cases featuring five Château Mouton Rothschild vintages, with sale proceeds to be donated by the château to help fund restoration projects at the Palace of Versailles, and a very special 50 lot collection of Kweichow Moutai – the largest ever of its kind to be offered at Sotheby’s.”


PRESS CONTACT
Agnes Yung | +852 2822 8140|agnes.yung@sothebys.com


*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.

TRAN-SCEND-ENT WINES
29-31 March 2019

The highest-estimated wine auction in history, expected to bring HK$147-206 million / US$19-26 million, this three-day sale will offer 2,704 lots (16,889 bottles of wines) from the extensive private cellars of The Transcendent Collector, featuring the finest producers from Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône, Bordeaux, and Italy. A true pioneer, the Transcendent Collector honed his tastes at an early age, choosing to focus on wines that he loved and appreciated. This passion and vision to seek out the very best has culminated in a collection on a scale the like of which has never been seen before. More details here.

 

 

 

FINEST AND RAREST WINES, FEATURING THE CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD VERSAILLES CELEBRATION CASES
1 April 2019

In an unprecedented partnership between Château Mouton Rothschild and the Palace of Versailles, the Finest & Rarest Wines sale will be anchored by 25 limited-edition Versailles Celebration Cases featuring five Château Mouton Rothschild vintages with labels by outstanding contemporary artists who have exhibited at the Palace of Versailles, including Giuseppe Penone, Bernar Venet, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, and Lee Ufan. These beautifully crafted collectors’ cases honour and celebrate the Palace of Versailles and Château Mouton Rothschild’s rich artistic and cultural history. The proceeds will be donated in full to help fund restoration projects at the Palace of Versailles, and successful bidders will receive an invitation for them and a guest to attend a private visit and tasting at Château Mouton Rothschild, as well as the Versailles Celebration Gala Dinner at the Palace of Versailles on 21 September 2019, during which historic ex-cellar 1945 vintage of Château Mouton Rothschild will be served. More details here.

This season’s offering of wines features a highly unique selection of Jean-Louis Chave’s legendary Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin from a trio of legendary vintages, including 1990, 1991, and 1995. One of the greatest expressions of Syrah from the Northern Rhône, these wines are rarely available in full-case quantities and in their original wooden cases. The auction also includes one of the greatest vintages ever made by Château Latour, the 1900 in double magnum; and a spectacular collection of Domaine Leroy, including Musigny, Chambertin, Romanée St Vivant and Clos Vougeot in their original wooden cases.

Amongst the range of whisky and spirits on offer, Sotheby’s Wine is proud to present a spectacular 50 lots of Kweichow Moutai. Highlights include the highly sought-after Kweichow Moutai in Aluminum Screw Capsules from 1987 to 1996, exceptional 1974 to 1986 vintages wrapped in their original tissue; the distinct Special edition and Custom-made Kweichow Moutai in their original cartons, including the Hong Kong Friends of Moutai Special Edition 2012 and the Great Hall of The People Edition Moutai 2009; a very limited edition designed to celebrate The Hong Kong Reunification with China in 1997, with only 1997 bottles produced; a 25-litre Centenary Special Edition with only 100 bottles in existence; and the 2012 Chinese Zodiac Limited Edition Set Moutai designed by the talented artist Huang Yongyu. Whisky highlights include The Macallan Lalique Golden Age of Travel – The Aeroplane 1937 and The Steam Train 1937, and The Black Bowmore aged 50 Years.

SALE HIGHLIGHTS
FINEST AND RAREST WINES
FEATURING THE CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD VERSAILLES CELEBRATION CASES
1 APRIL

WINE HIGHLIGHTS
The Versailles Celebration Case featuring five Château Mouton Rothschild vintages
• Giuseppe Penone (Château Mouton Rothschild 2005; Palace of Versailles, 2013)
• Bernar Venet (Château Mouton Rothschild 2007; Palace of Versailles, 2011)
• Anish Kapoor (Château Mouton Rothschild 2009; Palace of Versailles, 2015)
• Jeff Koons (Château Mouton Rothschild 2010; Palace of Versailles, 2008-9)
• Lee Ufan (Château Mouton Rothschild 2013; Palace of Versailles, 2014)
Est. (per case) HK$32,000-160,000/ US$4,000-20,000

Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin
1990, 6 bottles, est. HK$480,000-700,000/ US$60,000-85,000
1991, 6 bottles, est. HK$350,000-480,000/ US$42,000-60,000
1995, 6 bottles, est. HK$240,000-320,000/ US$30,000-40,000

Domaine Leroy
Richebourg 2009, 12 bottles, est. HK$300,000-420,000/ US$38,000-50,000
Romanée St. Vivant 2009, 12 bottles, est. HK$280,000- 400,000/ US$35,000-50,000
Musigny 2009, 3 bottles, est. HK$240,000-350,000/ US$30,000-42,000
Chambertin 2009, 3 bottles, est. HK$110,000-170,000/ US$14,000-20,000

Château Latour
1900, 1 double magnum, est. HK$400,000-550,000/ US$50,000-70,000

WHISKY HIGHLIGHTS
Black Bowmore, Aged 50 Years, 1964
1 bottle, est. HK$300,000-500,000/ US$38,000-60,000

The Macallan Lalique Golden Age of Travel - The Aeroplane 1937
1 bottle 700ml, est. HK$260,000-400,000/ US$32,000-50,000

The Macallan Lalique Golden Age of Travel - The Steam Train 1937
1 bottle, 700ml, est. HK$260,000-400,000/ US$32,000-50,000

The Savoy 125th Anniversary - The Macallan, Aged 48 Years
1 bottle 700ml, est. HK$280,000-420,000/ US$35,000-50,000


MOUTAI HIGHLIGHTS
The Hong Kong Reunification with China Memorial Moutai 1997
1 half-litre, est. HK$700,000-1,100,000/ US$88,000-140,000

Celebration of The 60th Anniversary of The Founding of PRC Memorial Moutai 2009
1 IMP, est. HK$70,000-100,000/ US$8,800-13,000

Great Hall of The People Edition Moutai 2009
12 half-litres, est. HK$160,000-240,000/ US$20,000-30,000

Kweichow Flying Fairy Precious Moutai 1996
6 half-litres, est. HK$100,000-140,000/ US$13,000-18,000

Centenary Special Edition Moutai 2015
1 bottle 25-litres, est. HK$200,000-300,000/ US$25,000-38,000

NOTES TO EDITORS:
I) SOTHEBY’S WINE
Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide sales reached an important new milestone in 2018, with sales significantly exceeding US$100 million in a single year – for further details, please click here.
The Rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from the Personal Cellar of Robert Drouhin sale held by Sotheby’s in New York in October 2018 set a new record for any bottle of wine at auction when a bottle of Romanée Conti 1945 sold for US$558,000. Sotheby’s also holds the world record for 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.

In March 2018, Sotheby’s set a world record for any wine sales series when a two-day series of auctions in Hong Kong brought a combined total of HK$228,300,300 / US$29,090,025. Comprising 1,758 lots, The Philanthropist’s Cellar, The Cellar from the Estate of Jerry Perenchio, and Finest & Rarest Wines were 100% sold.

II) SOTHEBY'S HONG KONG SPRING SALES 2019 CALENDAR (The schedule is subject to change) Auction Category
 

Auction             Category
29-31 Mar Tran-scend-ent Wines
31 Mar Modern Art Evening Sale
Modern & Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Evening Sale
1 Apr Finest & Rarest Wines Featuring the Château Mouton Rothschild Versailles Celebration Cases
Fine Classical Chinese Paintings
Modern Asian Art – Day Sale
Contemporary Art – Day Sale
Modern & Contemporary Southeast Asian Art – Day Sale
NIGOLDENEYE® Vol. 1
Contemporary Art Evening Sale
2 Apr Fine Chinese Paintings
Curiosity V
Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite
3 Apr Important Chinese Works of Art
Important Watches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling Exhibitions Category
29 Mar – 2 Apr Panorama: A New Perspective
Lalan: Endless Dance
Sotheby’s Diamonds
S.J. Phillips Fine Antique and Period Jewellery

 

 

 

 

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