The package, in which all bottles were shipped direct from the cellars of the Bordeaux winemaker, included a rare 1945 vintage and bottles from 1959 and 1961. A lot also containing a Linley console and 14 bottles of Haut Brion white sold for HK$1.32 million.
The two lots, both of which carried presale estimates of HK$1 million to HK$2 million, were welcome highlights to an otherwise lackluster two-day sale that saw many lots of Chateau Lafite Rothschild go unsold.
“The bidding wasn’t as keen as I expected, so I got lucky,” said Paul Dunn, a Hong Kong-based collector who bought both top lots. “Plus Haut-Brion generously donated the proceeds to the Children’s Medical Fund which added a whole lot of meaning to the lots, so I decided to go for it.”
The three-day wine sale that ended today raised HK$64.7 million, compared with a presale low estimate of HK$60 million. About 16 percent of the lots failed to sell.
Christie’s six-day sale also includes Chinese ceramics, jewelry and watches and is estimated by the London-based auction house to raise as much as HK$2.6 billion ($334 million).
The third-most-expensive lot was a case of 12 bottles of Romanee-Conti Domaine de la Romanee Conti 1985 that sold for HK$1.2 million, almost reaching its presale high estimate of HK$1.3 million. Romanee Conti accounted for seven of the top 10 wine lots sold.