Fine wine treasures break more records at Christies 7th December sale

Peter ShakeshaftChristie’s auction sale on the 7th December saw more records set with a collection of rare fine wine treasures, including 22 lots direct from Chateau Lafite’s cellars.

A rare 12 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 was the top selling lot, realising a record price in London of £168,000. A single, extremely scarce, bottle of 1806 Lafite Rothschild went for £45,600, and the ex-cellar consignment of Lafite, which included 19th Century vintages, raised £103,380.

Cheval Blanc 1947Rare Champagnes were also on offer and included a bottle of 1839 Veuve Clicquot, rescued from a shipwreck off the Aland Islands in 2010, sold for £10,200.

The sale raised a total £3,035,088 and included a record-breaking Scotch whisky sale at Christie’s for the 62-year old The Dalmore, The Kildermorie. One of only 12 bottles created by Richard Paterson, Dalmore master blender from casks of single malt laid down in 1868, 1878, 1926 and 1939, the single bottle raised £114,000.

This latest auction of ‘Treasure Assets’ demonstrated again the growing, and extraordinary, demand for rare collectors’ items and the on-going strength of the fine wine and rare spirits markets. Entry levels are considerably more affordable than other treasure assets, evidenced by the recent sale of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for US$450million inc. auctioneer’s fees.