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July 2000

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
June 2000

Zachys-Christie's, 6/24/2000

Location
Los Angeles

Number of lots
1,101

Percent sold
95

Sale Total
$1.4 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Cult wines captured all top ten spots on Zachys-Christie's "California Only" auction price list, lead by three double magnums of Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon from 1993-1995 that sold to a West Coast trade buyer for $11,500.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Christie's, 6/22/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
745

Percent sold
80

Sale Total
$426,560 (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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Christie's first all-Italian wine auction, which focused primarily on "classic" vintages from 1985 to 1997, was particularly well received considering many of the wines had never been seen at U.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Sotheby's, 6/21/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
1,001

Percent sold
84

Sale Total
$843,743 (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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Historical rarities and oversize bottles were in the spotlight at this otherwise calm sale.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Zachys-Christie's, 6/16/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
1,102

Percent sold
85

Sale Total
$1.3 million

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The sale's highlight was a case of six magnums of Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion 1945 that fetched $21,850 (28 percent above the Wine Spectator First Quarter 2000 Auction Index average).  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Acker Merrall & Condit, 6/16/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
2,015

Percent sold
90

Sale Total
$1.6 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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This exceptionally large and eclectic sale saw strong hammer prices for cases of cult wines that are rarely available in a complete 12-bottle lot.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Sotheby's, 6/10/2000

Location
Chicago

Number of lots
1,091

Percent sold
89

Sale Total
$1.3 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Christie's, 6/8/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
795

Percent sold
77

Sale Total
$688,000 (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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This relatively small sale was distinguished by big prices attained by historical treasures and rarities.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
May 2000

Sotheby's, 5/24/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
1,151

Percent sold
83

Sale Total
$1.1 million (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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The continued strength of the dollar against the pound makes U.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
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