Christie's hails wine buyer 'resurgence' at Hong Kong auction

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Christie's said it saw resurgent interest from wine buyers at its latest auction in Hong Kong, which saw vintage Champagne and Super Tuscan wines compete with Burgundy and Bordeaux for headlines.

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Total sales from the single-owner auction reached HK$62.4m (US$8m), including buyer's premium and with 96% of lots sold.

Christie's head of wine for China, Simon Tam, said the sale represented a 'resurgence of interest' from fine wine buyers, with bidders coming from 14 countries. All top ten lots were sold to Asia-based buyers.

It was many of the usual suspects securing the highest prices at the sale, and several lots strongly overshot their pre-auction estimated.

Top lot was six bottles of DRC's Romanee-Conti 1990, which sold for HK$980,000 versus a high estimate of HK$800,000. The 1995 vintage of the same wine was second best-selling lot, with six bottles fetching HK$857,500, strongly outperforming a high estimate of HK$480,000.

Three magnums of Petrus 1961 were the third best-selling lot, fetching HK$673,750 versus a high estimate of HK$450,000.

Further down the list, there was a strong showing of vintage Champagne and Italian wines. 'One of the largest Italian wine collections offered at a Christie’s Hong Kong wine auction and a comprehensive Champagne collection were all sold well above estimates,' said Tam.

Six magnums of Krug Clos du Mesnil 1985 sold for HK$134,750, against a high estimate of HK$120,000. There was more evidence of healthy consumer demand for the 2002 Champagne vintage. A dozen bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 sold for HK$26,950, versus a high estimate of HK$20,000.

Among the Italian wines, Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia's second wine, Masseto, sold well in larger bottle formats. Three magnums of Masseto 2001 sold for HK$42,875, versus a high estimate of HK$35,000.

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