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Our auction experts provide a detailed look at prices and trends at individual commercial sales. Discover how notable wines fared against their average prices.

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May 2000

Butterfields, 5/13/2000

Location
San Francisco

Number of lots
1,156

Percent sold
95

Sale Total
$1 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Bruce Kaiser, Butterfields' wine director, said that premium California labels continue to perform well, lead by Opus One and Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
April 2000

Acker Merrall & Condit, 4/29/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
2,495

Percent sold
88

Sale Total
$1.9 million

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Pre-sale high estimate

Winning bids for classic clarets like Pétrus 1989 ($11,500 per case) and Mouton-Rothschild 1982 ($5,520 per dozen) commanded strong prices that generally fell within recent trading bands.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Sotheby's, 4/29/2000

Location
Chicago

Number of lots
936

Percent sold
91

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

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Demand for top Burgundy and California cult wines sent many winning bids over pre-sale high estimates.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Christie's, 4/20/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
508

Percent sold
84

Sale Total
$498,000 (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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The sale was distinguished by a 260-lot collection of Chateau Musar, the Lebanese wine which Christie's director Michael Brodbent describes as "unique, classic and rare.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Sotheby's, 4/19/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
1,201

Percent sold
86

Sale Total
$1 million (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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Apart from a broad selection of current clarets, the sale featured important consignments of Burgundy and California wine.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Aulden Cellars-Sotheby's, 4/15/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
1,237

Percent sold
95

Sale Total
$1.8 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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It was business as usual at Sotheby's inaugural Manhattan auction with new retail licensee Aulden Cellars -- despite the stock market's precipitous decline the previous day.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Zachys-Christie's, 04/14-15/2000

Location
Los Angeles

Number of lots
1,447

Percent sold
99

Sale Total
$3.7 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Pristine provenance outweighed all other considerations as bidders shrugged off dismal news in the financial markets and instead paid record prices for rarities from the cellar of the late Dr.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Zachys-Christie's, 04/07-08/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
1,425

Percent sold
96

Sale Total
$2.9 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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The sale's highlight was a 48-vintage offering of Chateau Latour dating back to 1863 consigned directly from the property.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
March 2000

Sotheby's, 3/22/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
1,359

Percent sold
93

Sale Total
$1.7 million (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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Pre-sale high estimate

The sale's highlight was a 7,000-bottle collection of fine wine consigned from the reserve cellar of Château Loudenne, which fetched just under $900,000.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Butterfields, 3/18/2000

Location
San Francisco

Number of lots
1,165

Percent sold
98

Sale Total
$910,000 (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Pre-sale high estimate

This sale marked Butterfields' second wine auction of the year where strong demand sent many winning bids above the pre-sale high estimate.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
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