Christie's recently held an online wine auction with a total sale of more than $2 million, the company's highest e-commerce auction sale to date.
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Christie"s announced that the sale of its Benjamin Ichinose series, held from July 16 to 31, grossed $2.3 million, 200% above the pre-sale minimum estimate and the largest online auction held by the auction house since it launched electronic auctions several years ago.
Among the top lots were vintages from Bordeaux and Burgundy, including a superb bottle of 1970 Romanée-Conti for $75,000; six bottles of 1971 Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Musigny from the Comtes de Vugo for $43,750, a magnum of 1929 Mouton Rothschild, and two bottles of 1929 King Marquis.
The 1961 Bordeaux from Château Lafite, Château d'Estour, Petrus, Ouzo and Aman Rousseau & Sons of Burgundy, as well as the 1973 Château Mouton Rothschild and six bottles of 1961 Champagne from Château de Château Linn were among the top lots in the sale.
In addition, the auction will include top Champagne, California, German and Portuguese fortified wines.
Chris Munro, Head of Christie's, said:This collection represents one of the rare opportunities to acquire a fine wine from a perfect source, and the response from our clients has been overwhelming. Having purchased cellar-ready wines from a knowledgeable and well-loved collector under the strict guidance of the importer and producer, we are pleased to announce that almost every bottle from this perfect collection has found a new home.