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Keep up-to-date with the latest wine auction news from around the world. From fine wine auctions in London, New York and Hong Kong to annual wine auctions Hospices de Beaune and the Premiere Napa Valley auction read about the year's biggest wine sales here.

Plus find coverage on one-off wine auctions from leading auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's as well as unique sales such as the El Bulli wine auction.

Hong Kong: Wine auction houses to fight for buyers

28th May 2015

Some of the world’s biggest auction houses are going head-to-head in Hong Kong with a series of fine and rare wine sales.

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First Sonoma barrel auction led by 2014 vintage Pinot Noir

6th May 2015

Pinot Noir from the 2014 vintage led the line in the inaugural Sonoma Barrel Auction, with a collaboration between Williams Selyem, Joseph Swan and Kosta Brown taking joint top lot.

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Hospices de Beaune 2014

Hospices de Beaune auction achieves record €8m sales

17th November 2014

Burgundy’s Hospices de Beaune auction has seen sales top €8m, a record total for the third year in a row, but negociants warned the result was 'troubling' for the market.

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Hospices de Beaune

11th November 2014

The Hospices de Beaune is the world's oldest charity wine sale. It takes place annually in Beaune in Burgundy and has been hosted by Christie's auction house since 2005.


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Hospices de Beaune 2014: New white wine added to auction

15th October 2014

A new cuvee of white wine from Beaune has been added to the auction list at the upcoming Hospices de Beaune auction, providing a 'small but welcome' boost to the overall total number of lots for...

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Top US auction house bets on Bordeaux rebound

9th October 2014

Chicago's Hart Davis Hart will hold its first Bordeaux-only auction at the end of this month, in what could prove a key test for signs of improved buyer confidence in 2014.

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Sotheby's has sold 114 bottles of DRC Romanee-Conti in one lot

Sotheby's claims auction record with DRC 'super lot'

6th October 2014

Sotheby's has sold a 114-bottle 'super lot' of DRC Romanee-Conti wines for more than US$1.5m in Hong Kong, reinforcing collectors' thirst for top Burgundy and setting a new auction record.

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Debut Wally's auction in New York raises $2.68m

20th November 2013

Just four months after being founded, Wally's Auctions has added to evidence that New York's wine auction scene remains buoyant in autumn 2013 after its inaugural sale fetched $2.68m.

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Hospices de Beaune auction sales highest on record

18th November 2013

This year's Hospices de Beaune auction has achieved a record sales total, raising over EUR6.3m, despite the smallest volume of wine on sale for three decades.

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Bidding war hikes price for Moet 1914 Champagne at Sotheby's

13th November 2013

Bottles of 1914 vintage Moet & Chandon Champagne have significantly beaten sales estimates at a Sotheby's auction in London, with the much-lauded 1928 vintage also faring well.

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Hospices de Beaune: Christie's preview tasting

31st October 2013

Bidders hoping for softer prices at this year's Hospices de Beaune auction, following a high sales total in 2012, could be disappointed judging by the mood during this week's preview tasting at...

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NY auction house debuts with Lafite double magnums, top Burgundy

8th October 2013

Wally's Auctions will next month add its name to New York's crowded autumn auction scene by selling a selection of lavish wines valued at around US$3m.

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Nigerian firm pays highest price in Nederburg auction

12th September 2013

South Africa's premium wines are of growing interest to the continent's rising middle class, as the 39th Nederburg auction shows.

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Sotheby's Hong Kong to auction US$2.1m DRC collection

11th July 2013

A Sotheby's auction exclusively devoted to the wines of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti (DRC) is expected to raise up to HK$16m (US$2.1m) when it takes place in Hong Kong this autumn.

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Irish government plans wine sell-off

5th June 2013

Days after the Elysee Palace wine auction in Paris, the Irish government plans to sell off some of its wines.

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Elysee Palace wine sale fetches nearly triple estimate

3rd June 2013

The public auction of Eylsee Palace wines saw frenzied bidding over two sessions, raising €718,000 (including auction charges) – a sizeable increase on the estimated €250,000.

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Auction Napa Valley smashes record

3rd June 2013

Auction Napa Valley, the annual charity auction, has raised US$16.9m, far exceeding the previous record of US$10.5m set in 2005.

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Petrus tops Hugh Johnson cellar auction

13th May 2013

Organisers have said they are 'very pleased' with the auction of Hugh Johnson's wine cellar, which fetched hammer price sales of £88,000.

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French government auctions Elysee Palace cellar

2nd May 2013

The French government is due to auction off 1,200 bottles of its 12,000-strong official wine cellar.

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Vega Sicilia

'Stupendous' Vega Sicilia collection goes under the hammer

11th March 2013

A 'stupendous' selection of Vega Sicilia wines shipped direct from the legendary producer's cellars is to be auctioned by Sotheby's in Hong Kong early next month.

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Jefford on Monday: Auction Fever

11th March 2013

Why buy wine at auction? After another affluent year in the salerooms, it seems as if auction purchasers enjoy paying over the odds - and that's before they've found handfuls of extra money for...

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UK government to auction top wines from official cellar

5th March 2013

The UK Government will auction wines from its official cellar for the first time, selling off valuable wines that are 'approaching or are at peak drinking'.

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Chef's jacket signed by El Bulli's Ferran Adria

Extra lots unveiled for El Bulli auction

4th March 2013

Bidders at an auction of wines from famed Catalan restaurant El Bulli will now also have the chance to secure lunch with chef Ferran Adria and a selection of memorabilia.

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Fine wine market in 'recovery mode'

26th February 2013

A series of successful auctions and improved fine wine pricing shows that investors are regaining their thirst for top Bordeaux.

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Premiere Napa Valley auction takes $3.04m

25th February 2013

Premiere Napa Valley, the annual barrel auction that has become one of the biggest events in the California wine calendar, took a total of US$3.04m on Saturday, just shy of last year's record.

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Healthy January auctions bolster predictions for increase in prices

14th February 2013

The UK trade is predicting a sustained increase in fine wine prices, encouraged by ongoing interest following the Chinese New Year.

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Henry Tang collection up for auction in Hong Kong

7th February 2013

One of Asia’s most important collections of Burgundy wines will go under the hammer at a Hong Kong Christie’s auction in March.

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Ornellaia, Dom Perignon, Yquem in Sotheby's sale

31st January 2013

Ornellaia, Dom Perignon and Chateau d’Yquem, direct from their cellars, are the highlights of Sotheby’s first New York auction of 2013.

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Naples wine auction down one third

30th January 2013

Florida’s Naples Winter Wine Festival last weekend took a total of US$8.6m – a third less than last year and half the auction’s peak takings of 2007.

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Last year in auctions: America awakes, Hong Kong softens

18th January 2013

Christie's has reported its second-best-ever figure for its wine auction sales in 2012, while Sotheby's and Acker Merrall report a 'settling down' of interest from Asia.

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Christie's breaks records with Tour d'Argent sale

19th December 2012

Christie's Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits sale last week, featuring spirits from Paris's Le Tour d'Argent restaurant, fetched nearly £4.2m (US$6.7m) and broke several records.

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Hospices critics hail 'impressive' Burgundy 2012

20th November 2012

Experts who tasted the 43 wines from the recently harvested 2012 vintage – later auctioned at the Hospices de Beaune – were surprised at the high quality of the wines, in spite of bad weather...

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Record sales at Hospices de Beaune

19th November 2012

The 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction yesterday resulted in its highest sale since 2000, raising nearly €6m, some half a million euros more than last year.

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Gerard Depardieu to host Hospices de Beaune

30th October 2012

Former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will preside over the 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction next month.

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M&S announces first Hospices de Beaune purchase

25th January 2012

Marks & Spencer has announced it is the first UK high-street retailer to buy eight barrels of wine at the Hospices de Beaune.

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Prices down at Hospices de Beaune

22nd November 2011

The 151st Hospices de Beaune auction took a higher total than last year – but prices were down overall.

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Record prices paid at Hospices de Beaune

22nd November 2010

The annual Hospices de Beaune barrel auction saw record prices paid as Burgundy merchants spoke of confidence returning to the market.

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Hospices de Beaune: after Bordeaux 09, Burgundy a bargain to Chinese

4th November 2010

As the biggest weekend in the Burgundy calendar approaches, one expert suggested the Chinese would find great Burgundy affordable compared to top Bordeaux.

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Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction a barometer for latest Burgundy vintage

2nd November 2010

Next month’s Hospices de Beaune auction, the 150th, will provide an insight into Burgundy’s 2010 vintage. But what can buyers expect of the wine they are bidding on, and how is it made? Clive...

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Hospices de Beaune takes tastings to China

13th October 2010

Organisers of the annual Hospices de Beaune auction are woong Chinese buyers for the first time with local tastings of the Burgundies slated for sale on 21 November.

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Hospices result 'better than anticipated'

17th November 2008

Yesterday’s auction at the Hospices de Beaune took over €3m – less than last year but with a reduced number of barrels for sale.

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Hospices de Beaune: uncertain outcome only prediction

15th November 2008

As the Hospices de Beaune weekend gets into gear there is a good deal of speculation as to the outcome of tomorrow’s auction.

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Christie’s previews Hospices de Beaune wines

12th November 2008

As Christie’s prepares to launch the annual Hospices de Beaune wine sale, the London-based auctioneer has released its impressions of the 2008 vintage.

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Hospices de Beaune sales nudge record despite less wine

19th November 2007

The Hospices de Beaune, the world’s oldest charity wine auction, made a massive €4.29m at the weekend – 27% more than last year, and for less wine.

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Hospices de Beaune sign with Christie’s until 2010

14th June 2007

The directors of the annual Hospices de Beaune auction have signed a deal with Christie’s for the auction house to continue running its sales until 2010.

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Burgundy prices post healthy rise at Hospices sale

30th March 2007

Prices of red and white Burgundy increased by 12% at last weekend’s Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges auction, held in Dijon.

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Hospices: 2006 whites up 63%

20th November 2006

This year’s Hospices de Beaune auction was marked by the spectacular prices achieved for white Burgundy.

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Hospices: cautious optimism despite lack of private bidders

22nd November 2005

Cautious enthusiasm is the verdict from Burgundy on the first Hospices de Beaune to be run by Christie’s.

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Excitement mounts over first-ever 'public' Hospices de Beaune

14th November 2005

With less than a week to go before the first ever ‘public’ Hospices de Beaune, there is mounting excitement around the ancient auction.

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Christie's takes over Hospices de Beaune

20th September 2005

Sweeping aside a century and a half of tradition, Christie’s is to take over the running of this year’s Hospices de Beaune auction.

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