Tag Archives: Christie

• Charlie Trotter: A pioneer in wine as well as food

Charlie Trotter: A pioneer in wine as well as food

When Christie’s auctioned off “The Magnificent Cellar of Charlie Trotter’s” last December, the 357 lots, much of it fabled Burgundies and Rhones, fetched close to a million dollars, $918,027 to be exact. Trotter, who was found dead Tuesday morning in Chicago at age 54, loved wine. And the successive sommeliers, some of the best in […]

• Trotter’s wine cellar nets almost $2 mil first day of auction

Trotter’s wine cellar nets almost $2 mil first day of auction

On Friday in New York, Charlie Trotter auctioned off the wine cellar — or at least what made it there — from his trend-settting Chicago fine dining institution, which closed earlier this year. The day-long auction at Christie’s in New York clocked in at a total of  $1,979,645. It’s not over either. Running tomorrow (November […]

• Precious old booze collection up for sale

Precious old booze collection up for sale

THOUSANDS of bottles of rare cognac and other drink have been put on sale yesterday by a Dutch collector. Some bottles date back to the French Revolution, and the collection is expected to reap several million dollars. Describing it as the “largest collection of old liquors in the world”, a spokesman for Breda publisher Bay […]

• WINE FRAUD WARNING: RUDY KURNIAWAN IS TRYING TO AUCTION MORE WINES

WINE FRAUD WARNING: RUDY KURNIAWAN IS TRYING TO AUCTION MORE WINES

In the last 48 hours I have confirmed from multiple sources that Rudy Kurniawan is once again offering millions of dollars worth of wine for auction — this time at an auction to be held in London on February 8 by Spectrum Wine Auctions (based in Orange County California) and Vanquish Wine Ltd of London. […]

• Glenfiddich to auction one bottle of its rarest whisky

Glenfiddich to auction one bottle of its rarest whisky

Glenfiddich has announced a charity auction of one of its rarest ever whiskies, the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve, in aid of Walking With The Wounded. The 55-year-old single malt Scotch whisky honours Janet Sheed Roberts, the granddaughter of William Grant – founder of the Glenfiddich distillery – who celebrated her 110th birthday in August […]

• 300 bottle collection of Chateau Lafite grabs record price at Hong Kong sale

300 bottle collection of Chateau Lafite grabs record price at Hong Kong sale

A 300-bottle collection of Chateau Lafite Rothschild has sold for almost $540,000 in Hong Kong, setting a world record price for a single wine lot auctioned this year, organisers said. The collection spanning 1981 to 2005 was knocked down for HK$4.2 million ($539,250) at Christie’s two-day Autumn wine sale, which is expected to rake in […]

• Head of Christie’s wine to introduce Chinese tasting notes for auctions

Head of Christie’s wine to introduce Chinese tasting notes for auctions

Christie’s new head of wine in China is aiming to introduce Chinese tasting notes to auction catalogues as soon as possible. Simon Tam, the founder of Shanghai’s Independent Wine Centre, took up the Hong Kong-based position in February. His brief, he says, is to bring the ancient auction house ‘closer to the Chinese community’. One […]

• Christie’s Wins Dismissal of Koch’s Counterfeit Wine Suit

Christie’s Wins Dismissal of Koch’s Counterfeit Wine Suit

Booze News: You can read all about the incredible story that led to the suit: The Billionaire’s Vinegar (Updates with judge’s comments beginning in the fourth paragraph.) March 18 (Bloomberg) — Christie’s International Plc won dismissal of a lawsuit filed by billionaire collector William Koch that claimed the auction house “induced” him into buying counterfeit […]

• Recession receding. Christie's wine sales rebound to 2007 levels

Recession receding. Christie's wine sales rebound to 2007 levels

In another sign that the world economy is on the road to a recovery, Christie’s auction house reported that global wine sales topped $71-million for 2010, or about the level they were in 2007 before the recession began. “Recession? Not in the wine business,” said Charles Curtis, head of Christie’s wines. “Wine sales were sort […]

• Andrew Lloyd Webber Offering Wine Collection In Hot Wine Auction Market

Andrew Lloyd Webber Offering Wine Collection In Hot Wine Auction Market

Sales at the world’s three biggest wine auctioneers increased by 88 percent in 2010 as wealthy Asian buyers dominated the market for prestige French vintages such as Lafite. The total sales were a record $252.1 million, according to Bloomberg calculations. The company that sold the most wine, $94.9 million, was specialist Acker Merrall & Condit, […]

• Hospices de Beaune Burgundy Wine Auction Prices Jump for 2010 Vintage

Hospices de Beaune Burgundy Wine Auction Prices Jump for 2010 Vintage

Prices for Burgundy wine jumped by more than a fifth at the 150th annual Beaune Hospices charity auction Sunday, with growers hailing a high quality vintage and a recovery in foreign demand. The sale of wines from the Hospices domaine, conducted by auction house Christie’s, traditionally gives an indication of price trends for the latest […]

• Sold! Cheval Blanc sells at auction for $304,375 – a world record

Sold! Cheval Blanc sells at auction for $304,375 – a world record

An imperial-size bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947, a rare Bordeaux find discovered in the secret cellar of a great wine collector, sold for $304,375 on Tuesday — a world record for a single bottle at auction, Christie’s said. Equivalent to eight standard bottles of wine (6 liters), and snapped up by an anonymous collector, it […]

• At this Auction, Wine Glasses are Rarely Empty

At this Auction, Wine Glasses are Rarely Empty

John Kapon of Acker Merrall & Condit knows how to have a good time. The American wine auctioneer and blogger, who once organized a $25,000-a-seat wine-tasting event, travels the world regularly for tastings of ultra-rare wines. This week, he’s in Hong Kong for a two-day Acker sale that’s expected to raise more than $10 million. […]

• Wine vessel sets record for online sale at Christie's

Wine vessel sets record for online sale at Christie's

An ancient Chinese wine vessel was sold to an online bidder for $3.3 million at Christie’s, smashing the auction house’s previous top online sale price. The rectangular vessel, which dates from the 12th-11th century BC, is believed to have been a prized ritual item and is adorned with mythological dragons.

• Mouton, Lafite Wines Lure Collectors in $1.6 Million Christie's U.K. Sale

Mouton, Lafite Wines Lure Collectors in $1.6 Million Christie's U.K. Sale

A 1.04 million-pound ($1.6 million) wine sale today will lure collectors with rare Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild bottles as the international wine investment market continues to recover. The lots from top Bordeaux producers spanning more than a century will be offered at Christie’s International in London with vintage ports dating back as far […]