In a column last fall, European bureau chief James Suckling wrote, "Who knows how long it will be before Hong Kong surpasses New York as the center of the wine auction world?" By some metrics, the answer may be "first quarter 2010." The combined tally of the four auctions held in Hong Kong from January through March ($28,501,810) bested that of the eight auctions conducted in the United States over the same period ($24,343,625) by 17 percent.
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