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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.

Hospices de Beaune 2014

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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Petrus 1982

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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Moet 1914

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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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

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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Hugh Johnson

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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Premiere Napa Valley Auction

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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The UK government wine cellar in London

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

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

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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La Tour d'Argent Grande Champagne Cognac 1805

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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