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• Hong Kong auction breaks record for most expensive wine

Hong Kong auction breaks record for most expensive wine

Lot of 114 bottles of Burgundy fetches $1.6m, or more than $14,000 each. An auction in Hong Kong has broken the world record for the most expensive lot of wine ever sold, with 114 bottles of Burgundy going for HK$12,556,250 (£1m, or $1.6m), Sotheby’s has said. The auction house said a collection of Romanee-Conti, one […]

• Top 10 American Gangsters And Their Drinks

Top 10 American Gangsters And Their Drinks

Last month, American gangster Al Capone’s cocktail shaker sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London for £50,000, widely exceeding its estimate of just £1,000-1,500. Engraved “To a regular guy from the boys, 1932”, the shaker’s high hammer price illustrates the fascination still held with Prohibition era gangsters, who have been portrayed on the silver screen […]

• “Regular Guy” Al Capone’s Cocktail Shaker for Sale. Get It!

“Regular Guy” Al Capone’s Cocktail Shaker for Sale. Get It!

Infamous gangster Al Capone’s cocktail shaker and a claret jug from the Titanic are among the treasures at an extraordinary auction taking place in London next week. On Wednesday 5 March and Thursday 6 March, 1,000 objects spanning 250 million years are to be sold in London by Sotheby’s The collection belonged to Stanley Seeger […]

• Love Romanée-Conti? Cellar to go under the hammer this fall

Love Romanée-Conti? Cellar to go under the hammer this fall

Sotheby’s will host an auction composed exclusively of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti this autumn. The 140 lots are expected to realise HK$11 million – $16m and come from a single cellar in the north west of the US. The sale will precede the Haut-Brion ex-cellar auction happening in the city in October. Highlights include 36 […]

• Plan Now. World’s Greatest Whisky Event Returns To Vegas

Plan Now. World’s Greatest Whisky Event Returns To Vegas

Whiskey lovers are a different breed. They tend to be the most passionate and adventurous of all spirits enthusiasts – after all they have a lot more to be adventurous and passionate about. There are no rare 50 year old vodkas and no one retraces the Antarctic footsteps of famed explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackelton […]

• Got $$$?! Spain’s elBulli wine cellar to be sold at auction

Got $$$?! Spain’s elBulli wine cellar to be sold at auction

More than 8,800 bottles of wines from the cellar of Spain’s world-renowned elBulli restaurant will be auctioned in Hong Kong and New York next year in sales that could exceed $1 million, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday. The award-winning restaurant, headed by celebrated chef Ferran Adria for 27 years, was regarded by many as the best […]

• Counterfeit wine scams “tip of the iceberg”

Counterfeit wine scams “tip of the iceberg”

Huge amounts of counterfeit wines are yet to be uncovered according to Serena Sutcliffe MW. Addressing attendees of the Fine & Rare Specialist course at Vienna’s Palais Coburg earlier this month, the head of Sotheby’s wine department said that current allegations concerning counterfeiting were “the tip of the iceberg”. She also said that the discovery […]

• Bordeaux falls flat at Sotheby auction

Bordeaux falls flat at Sotheby auction

Poor interest in Bordeaux led to a disappointing start of the auction year for Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. Fetching HK$44 million, the auction failed to reach its prospective HK$50-70m but, in a trend carried over from last year, Burgundy topped the list for the most sought-after lots. The top lot was a case of Domaine […]

• Cheval Blanc auction prices stumble as Romanée-Conti powers on

Cheval Blanc auction prices stumble as Romanée-Conti powers on

Auctions at Sotheby’s and Bonhams last week showed up Cheval Blanc’s apparent weakness at auction and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s upward rise. Pétrus, Mouton Rothschild and Juan Péron’s Champagne provided some light relief but it was the chance to see how similar lots have progressed in both pricing and results that was most interesting. The […]

• Take the chill off red wine. Nuke it. Oh, & blend for hyper-decanting. True.

Take the chill off red wine. Nuke it. Oh, & blend for hyper-decanting. True.

Here’s a rich-people problem for you: What to do when your wine cellar is a few degrees colder than is really ideal, especially for bigger bodied reds. Enter the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, written by Tom Stevenson and first published in 1988. It’s now in its fourth edition, and for “taking the chill off” of red […]

• Strong returns at latest Bonhams & Sotheby’s auctions

Strong returns at latest Bonhams & Sotheby’s auctions

Both Bonhams and Sotheby’s conducted fine wine auctions at the end of March and beginning of April in London and Hong Kong respectively and both yielded strong returns. The Bonhams auction is interesting for the disparity in prices that Château Lafite is showing between vintages. Half a case of 1982 was the biggest seller at […]

• 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, […]

• Got $1.5 Mil for a bottle of Macallan Single Malt?

Got $1.5 Mil for a bottle of Macallan Single Malt?

If you missed out on the world’s most expensive bottle of whisky – the 64-year-old Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue which was just auctioned off at Sotheby’s for a record breaking $460,000 – not to worry: for $1.5 million you can make that look like a mere bagatelle. Glossy chronicle of the filthy rich Robb […]

• Hong Kong leading the way to be world's wine storage hub

Hong Kong leading the way to be world's wine storage hub

Thomas Chu’s nondescript factory looks like any other in the suburbs of Hong Kong, but it will be a key driver in the city’s bid to lead the world in an emerging industry — wine storage. “Hong Kong is definitely leading the way in the wine industry,” said Chu, president of the Supply Chain Solutions, […]

• Recent Sotheby's Lafite auction prices called "insane" by Hong Kong wine insiders

Recent Sotheby's Lafite auction prices called "insane" by Hong Kong wine insiders

Hong Kong and China wine market experts are calling the prices fetched at the recent Sotheby’s Chateau Lafite auction in Hong Kong crazy and not a bellwether of the market. Merchants, auctioneers and other insiders – many of them assembled for the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair – have responded to the record-breaking […]