WINE AUCTION SEASON STARTS IN HONG KONG TOMORROW WITH A VERTICAL COLLECTION OF 36 GRANGE MAGNUMS
By Susan Lewis
British auction house Sotheby’s will kick start this year’s fine wine auctions tomorrow in Hong Kong with 791 lots at a total estimate of HKD 23million (USD2.9 million). The highlight of the lots is a very rare complete vertical collection of 36 Penfolds Grange Magnums from 1979 to 2014.
This is the first time for a full vertical collection of Penfolds Grange Magnums, from their first 1979 vintage to 2014, to go under the hammer. Estimated price for this collection is HKD 220,000 to 320,000.
Also available for bidding are some historic Penfolds vintages dating back to the 1950s. These earlier bottles carried labels of “Grange Hermitage”, reflecting Penfolds Grange’s early intention of mimicking the style of the Northern Rhone wine region.
Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby’s Wine for Asia, states, “Coinciding with the 175th anniversary of Penfolds, we are very pleased to offer a rare collection featuring eight decades of this Australian icon’s history, presenting collectors with an unmatched opportunity to acquire both rare and legendary vintages of Penfolds’ most famous wines.”
The auction will also feature over 120 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, over 60 lots of other Burgundian fine wines from Armand Rousseau, Leroy and Henri Jayer.
Whisky highlights include 3 sets of “The Macallan Exceptional Single Cask 2017 Releases” with 9 bottles per set direct from the distillery, and “The Yamazaki 50 Years 2007 Release”.
(the writer can be contacted at: SusanLewis@thewinechronicle.com)
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