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Zachys sets records in $9m sale

In red-hot bidding wars Zachys set two records while grossing over US$9.5m last weekend.

This was the third-highest wine auction total in modern history, fetching a total of $9,760,140, and the largest sum generated by a one-owner American cellar. The New York auction house sold 93 percent of 2,429 lots constituting 17,000 bottles.

Five cases of Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux covering vintages from 1955 to 1999 fetched $88,500.

Two 1947 Château La Fleur magnums made $53,100 and $44,840 with three magnums of 1950 Lafleur going for over $30,000 each.

A jeroboam of 1990 Romanée-Conti reached $44,840, as did a jeroboam of 1962 La Tache. One magnum of 1947 Cheval Blanc was sold for $42,480.

Further highlights included a bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem which reached $30,680, as did a magnum of 1865 Lafite-Rothschild. Two three-bottle lots of 1945 Latour each made $20,060 and a bottle of 1945 Mouton was sold for $10,620.

A case of 1982 Latour reached $12,980, and cases of 1982 Lafite-Rothschild and 1982 Mouton-Rothschild each reached $11,800.

Two single magnums of 1961 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle went for $18,880 each. Two six-bottle lots of 1990 Guigal Côte Rotie La Mouline were sold for a total of $17,700. A case of 1974 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon made $15,340.

NB: US$1 = £0.57

Written by Howard G. Goldberg in New York

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