For the likes of wine aficionados and devotees, Christie’s reached out to a very small group of known and reliable clients whose provenance is second to none, offering Signature Cellar sale which was a curated mix of collectable blue-chip and great rarities wines. Described to be Christie’s first exclusive foray into stand-alone online wine auction to spruce up sales from international investors, Signature Cellar was lead by a case of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, fetching $42,350 to become the most expensive lot among the 88 percent of the total 301 lots sold. Even earlier last year at an auction by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, Chateau Lafite Rothschild also became the most expensive single wine lot. Also, a wooden case containing 6-bottles of 2000 Chateau Petrus, which has recently been named as king of wine investments, fetched $26,620, exceeding the high estimate price of $20,000.
Considered to be one of the best last century vintages, 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild actually helped Christie's International raise a total of $819,715 in its first online wine auction that was started on August 6th and ended on August 20th. Reportedly, the online sale which was sourced from three reliable private collections represented a push by the auctioneer to gain market share in high-end wine sales online.
At the Signature Cellar sale, one-quarter of all the online clients were the first time buyers with Christie’s, while others, including an Asian client acquired the top lot, were existing customers purchasing wine for the first time, as said by the head of wine at Christie’s New York, Per Holmberg.
We have earlier told you about the world's most expensive wines for the most discriminating tastes, besides the recent sale of Penfolds limited edition Cabernet Sauvignon for $168,000 and the rare Domaine Romanée-Conti for $105,000. Penfolds’ new “ampoule” of 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon has made it the most expensive Australian wine,