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April 2000

Sotheby's, 4/19/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
1,201

Percent sold
86

Sale Total
$1 million (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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Apart from a broad selection of current clarets, the sale featured important consignments of Burgundy and California wine.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Aulden Cellars-Sotheby's, 4/15/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
1,237

Percent sold
95

Sale Total
$1.8 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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It was business as usual at Sotheby's inaugural Manhattan auction with new retail licensee Aulden Cellars -- despite the stock market's precipitous decline the previous day.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Zachys-Christie's, 04/14-15/2000

Location
Los Angeles

Number of lots
1,447

Percent sold
99

Sale Total
$3.7 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Pristine provenance outweighed all other considerations as bidders shrugged off dismal news in the financial markets and instead paid record prices for rarities from the cellar of the late Dr.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Zachys-Christie's, 04/07-08/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
1,425

Percent sold
96

Sale Total
$2.9 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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The sale's highlight was a 48-vintage offering of Chateau Latour dating back to 1863 consigned directly from the property.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
March 2000

Sotheby's, 3/22/2000

Location
London

Number of lots
1,359

Percent sold
93

Sale Total
$1.7 million (including the 10 percent buyer's premium)

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The sale's highlight was a 7,000-bottle collection of fine wine consigned from the reserve cellar of Château Loudenne, which fetched just under $900,000.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Butterfields, 3/18/2000

Location
San Francisco

Number of lots
1,165

Percent sold
98

Sale Total
$910,000 (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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This sale marked Butterfields' second wine auction of the year where strong demand sent many winning bids above the pre-sale high estimate.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Morrell & Co., 3/11/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
924

Percent sold
94

Sale Total
$763,000

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Apart from firm prices and a strong percent sold rate, the most significant aspect of this sale was a high tech feature that enabled bidders to participate live from the Internet.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Sotheby's, 3/11/2000

Location
Chicago

Number of lots
936

Percent sold
94

Sale Total
$1.1 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Claret from the 1982 vintage staged a major comeback at Sotheby's first Chicago sale of the year.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Acker Merrall & Condit, 3/4/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
1,870

Percent sold
94

Sale Total
$1.8 million (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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Acker Merrall & Condit's first sale of the year witnessed heated bidding, especially in the morning session when prices soared 20-30 percent above the Wine Spectator Fourth Quarter 1999 Auction Index.  ...   » Read full auction analysis

Zachys-Christie's, 3/4/2000

Location
New York

Number of lots
536

Percent sold

Sale Total
$561,000 (including the 15 percent buyer's premium)

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A small but focused sale featured older vintages of claret and red Burgundy, and an attractive selection of fine German wines.  ...   » Read full auction analysis
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