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A perfect 10? | By Stuart George

How was it for you, 2010? In some ways it was a remarkable year, another magnificent vintage in Bordeaux for example. But a horrific one in Chile that was struck by a quake. Stuart George (one of our new contributors) is also an expert on wine auctions. In A Perfect 10? he looks at the […]

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Wine auction in Stockholm

Even on the Swedish monopoly market there exists since a few years back wine auctions. It is of course the monopolist itself, the Systembolaget, who organises the auction. At the beginning of June they held the spring auction that ended with a final sales value of SEK 5.9 million Swedish kronor (640,000 euro), which was […]

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A Perfect 10?

Mother Nature was unkind in 2010 – an earthquake in Haiti, floods in Pakistan and an unpronounceable volcano in Iceland. There was huge financial trauma; many are still recovering. But commodities and collectibles – especially wine – have carried on regardless. The art market – or at least Damien Hirst’s reputation – wobbled before the […]

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Lafite and (much) more at auction in Denmark

Not only Chateau Lafite-Rothschild but also many other fine and exclusive wine will be on sale at the Bruun Rasmussen auction (# 817) on December 9. Very timely they have quite a collection of Lafite on the cover of the catalogue (as well as at the auction) and there is a Lafite 1900 on sale […]

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Christmas gift tip (?): Auction records in profusion: Cheval Blanc 1947 for $300,000 or three Lafite 1869 for £437,000

It’s almost as if there is inflation in auction price records. The press releases come in almost every day on new, stunning auction prices. Much of it seems to be driven by the incredible demand for extremely exclusive wines in Asia. Two new records were broken within just a few weeks. First out was Sotheby’s […]

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Languedoc wine auction on October 24

On October 24 there will be a great auction of Languedoc wines in Pic Saint Loup, one of the most interesting sub-regions in the Languedoc. There will be wines from the Pic St Loup itself and also from Terrasses du Larzac and Grès du Montpellier. Before the auction there will be a tasting of the […]

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A new wine auction house in Europe: Spectrum Wine

Well, at least almost. Spectrum Wine holds auctions primarily in California and in Hong Kong but since some time back they have a live representative in place in Europe. It is the (ex-?) wine writer Stuart George who is in charge of developing the European market for Spectrum. He is no doubt interested to get […]

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400 Bordeaux chateaux sold at auction

On December 18 a bit over 400 Bordeaux chateau were sold at auction in Paris. It wasn’t the actual wine estates that were sold of course, but depictions of them. In 1850 the first edition of what was to become a legendary wine book was published: Cocks et Feret’s Bordeaux et ses vins (Bordeaux and […]

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Charity auction in Piedmont

On 23 May, 2009 Piedmont’s grand Albergo dell’Agenzia, home of Slow Food’s Wine Bank, hosted the 7th annual wine & art auction ‘Sorsi di Pace’ to benefit the charity Emergency. Each of the 24 magnums of Barolo, Gattinara, Ghemme, and IGT wines were adorned with work from a different contemporary artist. The auction raised 16,000 […]

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Most expensive wines on auction

Here are the top selling lots at Sotheby’s in 2008. Not cheap… – $ 724,371: Ch Yquem, 70 vintages, 136 bottles ($5326/bottle) – $169,400: Romanée Conti 1971, 6 magnum ($14166) – $151,250: Romanée Conti 1985, 12 bt ($12604) …follwed by another four lots of RC. And then: – $102,850: Château Pétrus 1961, 12 bt ($8570) […]

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Wine auctions in Holland

One more wine auction house can be found in Holland. They are called Winefield’s Auctioneers and are located in Amsterdam. They have four auctions every year. www.winefield.nl. And they also do wine education (e.g. WSET courses).

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One bottle of Grange sold for $51,000

At a recent auction in Australia a single bottle of Grange 1951 (previously called “Grange hermitage”) sold for the record price $51,000. It was two Grange collections that were up for sale at the same time. They fetched a total of $308,000. wine-business-international.com

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