Hart Wine Auction Totals $5.05 Million Led by Lafite ’82

March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. sold a total $5.05 million at a two-day wine auction in Chicago that ended March 22, the company said in an e-mailed statement.

Twelve bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Bordeaux were the top lot, selling for $35,850 including a 19.5 percent buyers’ premium, while 12 bottles of 1971 Dom Perignon Oenotheque Commande Speciale Champagne fetched $31,070.

The sale came after the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index of top Bordeaux fell for 10 of the past 11 months, as investors and collectors sought to diversify more into wines from areas such as Burgundy, northern Italy and California.

Other leading lots included two bottles of Romanee-Conti 1999 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundy, which together sold for $28,680, six bottles of Chateau Petrus 2000 Pomerol, which fetched $26,290, and six magnums of 1988 Dom Perignon Rose Oenotheque Commande Speciale, which sold for $23,900.

Among Californian wines in the auction, three bottles of 1997 Screaming Eagle sold for $13,145, Hart said.

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