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November 2000

Zachys-Christie's, 11/17-18/2000

Location
Los Angeles

Number of lots
1,241

Percent sold
86

Sale Total
$1.5 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

Pre-sale low estimate

Pre-sale high estimate

Bidders battled over rare Burgundies, classic clarets and hard-to-find California cult wines, most of which sold above their third-quarter 2000 Wine Spectator Auction Index averages.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
October 2000

Christie's, 10/29/2000

Location
Hong Kong

Number of lots
330

Percent sold
74

Sale Total
$765,000 (including the buyer's premium)

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Pre-sale high estimate

Christie's auction of fine and rare wines and cigars achieved the highest sales total ever for Hong Kong, nearly double the presale estimate.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Zachys-Christie's, 10/6/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
422

Percent sold
95

Sale Total
$830,680 (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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A small auction by New York standards, the sale nonetheless achieved a very high percent-sold rate, underlining the strength of the market.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Christie's, 10/5/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
803

Percent sold
79

Sale Total
$1.3 million (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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Pre-sale high estimate

A weak pound continues to make British prices attractive for American bidders, especially for small items like the magnum of Château Lafite Rothschild 1953 that could be slipped into carry-on luggage for quick transport.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
September 2000

Aulden Cellars-Sotheby's, 9/16/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
1,405

Percent sold
98

Sale Total
$3 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Pre-sale high estimate

Aulden Cellars-Sotheby's debuted its fall season with an extremely strong sale, underlined by a minuscule bought-in rate of less than 2 percent.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Zachys-Christie's, 9/14/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
1,083

Percent sold
80

Sale Total
$1.7 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Pre-sale high estimate

At Zachys-Christie's first sale of the fall season, prices continued at the virtually same elevated levels where they left off last summer.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
July 2000

Christie's, 7/27/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
700

Percent sold
87

Sale Total
$650,000 (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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Pre-sale high estimate

Despite the weak pound, Christie's end-of-season sale achieved strong prices, especially for rare items such as a three-bottle lot of Chave Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin 1991 that sold for $2,145, (119 percent above The Wine Spectator Second Quarter 2000 Auction Index average.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Butterfields, 7/22/2000

Location
San Francisco

Number of lots
1,266

Percent sold
90

Sale Total
$1.1 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Unusual and hard-to-come-by lots stole the spotlight at this summer sale.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Sotheby's, 7/19/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
632

Percent sold
87

Sale Total
$606,000 (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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U.K. buyers competed with a bevy of absentee bids from South America, Europe and the Far East.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Christie's, 7/8/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
919

Percent sold
74

Sale Total
$526,000

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Nearly one quarter of the sale was devoted to premium Burgundies from top producers such as Georges de Vogue, Bonneau du Martray, Marc Colin, and Mongeard-Mugneret.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
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