Sotheby’s Tran-scend-ent Wines auction is set to be the most expensive wine sale in history.

Since its inception, the legendary Sotheby’s has made as much history as it has sold. With a staggering number of exceptional auctions each year it is hard for any sale to really stand out. Although this is the case, there are a few exceptions. In fact, there is a sale that has got the whole collectors world sitting up and taking notice. Set to be the most expensive wine sale in history, the Tran-scend-ent Wines Action’s lots read like a fantasy wine sale.

Offered by Sotheby’s Hong Kong, this once in a lifetime collectable wine auction will be running from 29 to 31 March 2019. In an official statement, Sotheby’s commented: “Tran-scend-ent Wines is the most significant single-owner wine sale ever held, bringing to the market in unprecedented breadth and depth some of the greatest names in the wine world. A true pioneer, the Transcendent Collector honed his tastes at an early age, choosing to focus on wines that he loved and appreciated. This passion and vision to seek out the very best has culminated in a collection on a scale the like of which has never been seen before.”

What makes this the most expensive wine sale in history?

The sale is expected to fetch around HK$147-206 million / US$19-26 million.

During this historic 3-day rare wine auction, Sotheby’s will offer 2 704 lots. That is a total of 16 889 bottles of wines. All of which come from the extensive private cellars of The Transcendent Collector. These will feature producers from Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône, Bordeaux, and Italy.

With Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide sales surpassing US$100 million in 2018, we continue to focus on offering outstanding single-owner wine collections, and it is with great anticipation that we present Tran-scend-ent Wines, the highest-estimated wine collection ever to be seen at auction, anywhere in the world.

The Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Jamie Ritchie

Most Expensive Wine Sale Highlights

250+ lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, estimated in excess of HK$41 million

600+ lots of Domaine Coche-Dury, estimated in excess of HK$37 million

350+ lots of Dom Pérignon, estimated in excess of HK$13 million

80+ lots of Maison and Domaine Leroy, estimated in excess of HK$7 million

140+ lots of Domaine Guigal, estimated in excess of HK$5 million

BURGUNDY

  • Montrachet 1993 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 12 bottles, est. HK$350,000-500,000/ US$42,000-60,000
  • Montrachet 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 1 jeroboam (3 litres), est. HK$170,000-240,000/ US$20,000-30,000
  • Montrachet 1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 12 bottles, est. HK$600,000-900,000/ US$75,000-110,000
  • La Tâche 1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 12 bottles, est. HK$420,000-600,000/ US$50,000-75,000
  • La Tâche 1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 1 jeroboam (3 litres), est. HK$400,000-550,000/ US$50,000-70,000
  • Romanée Conti 1969 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 11 bottles, est. HK$750,000-1,100,000/ US$95,000-140,000
  • Grands Echézeaux 1959 Maison Leroy, 12 bottles, est. HK$170,000-220,000/ US$20,000-28,000
  • La Romanée 1953 Maison Leroy, 12 bottles, est. HK$190,000-280,000/ US$24,000-35,000
  • Montrachet 1978 Maison Leroy, 12 bottles, est. HK$190,000-260,000/ US$24,000-32,000
  • Montrachet 2004 Domaine Leflaive, 12 bottles, est. HK$480,000-650,000/ US$60,000-80,000
  • Meursault, Perrières 1999 J.-F. Coche-Dury, 12 bottles, est. HK$220,000-280,000/ US$28,000-35,000
  • Meursault, Perrières 1995 J.-F. Coche-Dury, 12 bottles, est. HK$190,000-260,000/ US$24,000-32,000
  • Corton Charlemagne 2009 J.-F. Coche-Dury, 12 bottles, est. HK$280,000-380,000/ US$35,000-48,000
  • Corton Charlemagne 2002 J.-F. Coche-Dury, 12 bottles, est. HK$380,000-500,000/ US$48,000-60,000

CHAMPAGNE

  • Dom Pérignon, Oenothèque 1982, 12 bottles, est. HK$80,000-120,000/ US$10,000-15,000
  • Dom Pérignon Rosé, Oenothèque, 1982, 6 magnums, est. HK$140,000-190,000/ US$17,000-24,000
  • Dom Pérignon, P3, 1971, 12 bottles, est. HK$160,000-240,000/ US$20,000-30,000

RHÔNE

  • Côte Rôtie, La Landonne 1978 Guigal, 12 bottles, est. HK$170,000-260,000/ US$20,000-32,000
  • Côte Rôtie, La Mouline 1978 Guigal, 12 bottles, est. HK$280,000-380,000/ US$35,000-48,000
  • Côte Rôtie, La Turque 1985 Guigal, 12 bottles, est. HK$95,000-140,000/ US$12,000-17,000

BORDEAUX

  • Château Mouton Rothschild 1945, 12 bottles, est. HK$750,000-1,100,000/ US$95,000-140,000

For more information on the sale or to register click here.

Daniel Norgaard

Arts & Culture Editor

Originally from Denmark, Daniel Nørgaard serves as the Arts & Culture Editor at Salon Prive Magazine. He and his team covers the latest news from the world of Arts, Music, Theater and Literature from around the world.

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