Romanee-Conti ’06 Leads $4.7 Million Hart Chicago Auction

Three bottles of Romanee-Conti 2006 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti fetched $31,070 at a Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. auction in Chicago, taking top slot at a sale in which Burgundies accounted for four of the six most expensive bids.

A case of La Tache 1991 DRC sold for $28,680 and three magnums of Le Pin 2000 Pomerol fetched $26,290, all three top lots matching their presale estimates, according to results in a Hart statement. A case of La Tache 2000 DRC went for $23,900.

The auction came as the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index, tracking Bordeaux vintages from recent years, has dropped since March 15, paring an 8 percent gain made in the previous 10 weeks to leave it less than 1 percent up this year. Auction demand for historic vintages and rare Burgundies contrasts with muted investor appetite for younger Bordeaux, even as signs of trading interest on the London-based Liv-ex point to a broadening of the market.

“This week the number of active markets on Liv-ex, wines with either a bid or an offer placed against them on the exchange, reached a record high,” Liv-ex said in its market blog. “While largely down to an increase in offers, over the last month the number of bids has risen too.”

Other rare bottles in the Hart sale, held on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26, included an 18-liter Melchior of Chateau Cheval Blanc 2005, which sold for $22,705. A case of Chambertin 1996 Armand Rousseau Burgundy fetched $21,510, a world record according to Hart, while a 12-bottle lot of Barolo Riserva Collina Rionda 1989 Bruno Giacosa from Italy achieved the same price.

The auction totaled $4.7 million, with all 2,064 lots sold, taking Hart’s auction business up 32 percent so far in 2013 compared with the same period last year.

Following is a table of major wine auctions held so far this year, with the total sold in dollars. Links are to auction websites or results statements.

Jan. 11/12:     Zachys, Hong Kong                     $4.65 mln
Jan. 25/26:     Acker, Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong    $6.82 mln
Jan. 30:        Sotheby’s, London                     $2.22 mln


Feb. 2:         Hart Davis Hart, Chicago              $4.40 mln
Feb. 21:        Christie’s, London                    $1.47 mln
Feb. 23:        Acker, Merrall & Condit, New York     $3.10 mln
Feb. 23:        Sotheby’s, New York                   $1.46 mln
Feb. 27:        Sotheby’s, London                     $1.04 mln


March 7/8:      Zachys, New York                      $5.81 mln
March 14:       Christie’s, New York                  $1.37 mln
March 15/16:    Christie’s, Hong Kong                 $6.19 mln
March 21:       Christie’s, London                    $1.22 mln
March 22/23:    Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong     $4.93 mln
March 23:       Hart Davis Hart, Chicago              $4.42 mln


April 3:        Acker Merrall & Condit, New York      $2.30 mln
April 3/4:      Sotheby’s, Hong Kong                  $8.86 mln
April 17:       Sotheby’s, London                     $2.06 mln
April 23:       Christie’s, Amsterdam                 $1.23 mln
April 25/26:    Zachys, New York                      $4.13 mln
April 26/27:    Sotheby’s, New York                   $2.60 mln
April 27:       Acker Merrall & Condit, New York      $2.48 mln


May 2:          Christie’s, London                    $1.93 mln
May 14:         Christie’s, Geneva                    $3.96 mln
May 17/18:      Hart Davis Hart, Chicago              $6.42 mln
May 22:         Acker Merrall & Condit, New York      $2.22 mln
May 22:         Sotheby’s, London                     $1.31 mln
May 24/25:      Zachys, Hong Kong                     $5.73 mln
May 25:         Christie’s, Hong Kong                 $6.32 mln
May 30:         Christie’s, New York                  $0.71 mln
May 31:         Christie’s, New York                  $1.93 mln


May 31/June 1:  Acker, Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong    $5.91 mln
June 6:         Christie’s, London                    $1.85 mln
June 13/14:     Zachys, New York                      $3.56 mln
June 29:        Acker Merrall & Condit, Hamptons      $3.40 mln
June 28/29:     Hart Davis Hart, Chicago              $4.75 mln


July 17:        Sotheby’s, London                     $2.09 mln


Aug. 31:        Christie’s, Hong Kong                 $3.84 mln


Sept. 7:        Sotheby’s, Hong Kong                  $4.51 mln
Sept. 7:        Acker Merrall & Condit, New York      $3.15 mln
Sept. 12:       Christie’s, London                    $2.13 mln
Sept. 13/14:    Acker, Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong    $6.40 mln
Sept. 18:       Sotheby’s, London                     $1.80 mln
Sept. 20/21:    Hart Davis Hart, Chicago              $5.03 mln
Sept. 20/21:    Sotheby’s, New York                   $3.96 mln


Oct. 4/5:       Sotheby’s, Hong Kong                 $12.10 mln
Oct. 5:         Acker Merrall & Condit, New York      $2.35 mln
Oct. 11:        Christie’s, New York                  $2.73 mln
Oct. 23:        Sotheby’s, London                     $3.73 mln
Oct. 24:        Christie’s, London                    $1.48 mln
Oct. 25/26:     Hart Davis Hart, Chicago              $4.70 mln
Oct. 26:        Acker Merrall & Condit, Hong Kong     $5.13 mln

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