First Spectrum wine auction in Hong Kong raises RMB24 million

First vintage: Could have been yours for RMB1700.
First vintage: Could have been yours for RMB1700.

By Jim Boyce

Spectrum announced that its first Hong Kong wine auction – held simultaneously at Crown Wine Cellars in Hong Kong and the St. Regis Monarch Beach in California late last month – sold all 686 lots and raised HKD26.8 million (RMB24 million / USD3.5 million).

According to a press release, Burgundy and Bordeaux dominated, with a case of 1962 Romanée-Conti selling for USD109,940 (RMB750,890). A magnum of 1998 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon sold for USD3,883 (RMB26,521). Curiously, a bottle of 1966 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, the first vintage from the vineyard, went for a mere USD200 (RMB1366) – though the Spectrum Web site states the selling price at USD239 (check out the 360-degree image of the bottle).

Spectrum plans another auction on March 20 and 21 (Hong Kong time). For more details or for the results of the auction, see the Spectrum Web site.

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