Sotheby’s | Inside the Wine Collections of Great Connoisseurs

Drawing from some of the best cellars known to Sotheby’s, the collections featured in Finest & Rarest Wines (24 February, New York) include wines from the most sought-after domains in Burgundy, the top chateaux in Bordeaux and beyond. Selections such as La Tâche DRC 1995, Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 and Petrus 1993 highlight the unparalleled study and passion of true wine connoisseurs. Read on to learn more about the remarkable private collections, along with their greatest treasures, in the upcoming sale.

Lot 38. La Tâche Drc 1985 (2 Bottles). Estimate $6,500–9,500. Lot 41. Romanée Conti Drc 1985 (2 Bottles). Estimate $17,000–26,000. Lot 36. La Tâche Drc 1990 (3 Bottles). Estimate $9,000–12,000.

Legends from the Cellar of a Long-Time Oenophile

This fabulous selection from a West Coast Collector and aficionado, whose passion for wine was born during a trip to France many years ago, begins with over thirty bottles and fifteen lots from iconic DRC. Highlights include two bottles of 1985 Grands Echezeaux, four vintages of Richebourg and two bottles of the mythical 1985 Romanée Conti. In addition, rarely does one ever see an astonishing eight vintages of La Tâche, including multiple bottles from the legendary 1985, 1990, 1993 and 1996 vintages. An impressive selection of Bordeaux follows with all of the First Growths present including full cases of 1990 Lafite and Margaux, 2000 Haut Brion, Mouton Rothschild and Latour amongst many others. Finally, not to be overshadowed are individual bottles of the immortal 1929 Y’quem.

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Almost all of these wines were bought on release and stored meticulously by the original owner in a private, purpose-built temperature controlled cellar. The wines, part of a much larger collection, were inspected on site and shipped to Sotheby’s warehouse via temperature-controlled truck.

Lot 331. Vega Sicilia Unico 1970 (10 Bottles). Estimate $5,500–8,000. Lot 330. Vega Sicilia Unico 1979 (3 Bottles). Estimate $900–1,200. Lot 328. Vega Sicilia Unico 1987 (2 Bottles). Estimate $500–700. Lot 327. Vega Sicilia Unico 1989 (3 Bottles). Estimate $750–1,100.

Pristine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne from a Manhattan Collector

From the moment this gentleman, a long-time Sotheby’s client in New York City, began amassing a cellar, provenance and pristine conditions have been the hallmark of the collection. The vast majority of this collection was purchased on release, with the balance sourced from the most reputable of retailers and auction houses. These impeccably sourced wines were removed from temperature-controlled professional storage and purpose-built home cellars for transfer to Sotheby’s warehouse.

We begin in Bordeaux, with a focus on the outstanding 2000 and 2005 vintages. Cos d’Estournel, Grand Puy Lacoste, Léoville Las Cases and Lynch Bages all appear in original wood, alongside a full case of Mouton Rothschild 1998. Continuing on to Burgundy, twelve bottles each of La Tâche 1998 and 1995 are followed by a truly impressive parade of large formats: La Romanée Liger-Belair 2003 in jeroboam, and magnums of Clos de la Roche Dujac 1993, Musigny J.-F. Mugnier 1999 and Bonnes Mares G. Roumier 2005. An incredibly rare full dozen bottles of Musigny Joseph Drouhin 1996 in original carton, plus Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1996 and Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill 1988 in jeroboam, rounds out this spectacular offering of blue chip rarities.

Lot 249. Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (6 Magnums). Estimate $2,200–3,200. Lot 248. Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (12 Bottles). Estimate $1,800–2,600.

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Sotheby’s | Sail Through Canaletto’s Venice


Experience the precocious talent of Canaletto in a new light as Sotheby’s brings his work to life. This pair of Canalettos will feature in the Master Paintings Evening Sale in New York on February 1 2018.

Sotheby’s | Condé Nast Luxury Editor Talks Favorite Wine, Watches, and Cars


Join RM Sotheby’s automobile specialist Jake Auerbach as he shares a glass of wine with Condé Nast luxury editor Matt Hranek. The two discuss their favorite watches and cars from Sotheby’s upcoming A Life of Luxury. Learn more about the wine they’re drinking at Sotheby’s Wine.

Sotheby’s | American Art

Next week, November 13, Sotheby’s will hold an American Art sale in New York. Among the incredible pieces available for auction, artists the likes of Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ernest Blumenschein, Oscar Berninghaus, and Maynard Dixon are featured. Before the sale next week preview a few of the available works below, or visit the exhibition in New York before the sale next Monday evening at 4pm.

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“Shuffleton’s Barbershop” by Norman Rockwell | Estimate $20,000,000 — $30,000,000 USD

 

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“Eagle Nest Lake” by Ernest Leonard Blumenschein | Estimate $300,000 — $500,000 USD

 

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“Blue and White Abstract” by Georgia O’Keeffe | Estimate $500,000 — $700,000

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Sotheby’s London | A Grand Canyon Experience: David Hockney & Bill Bryson



Immerse yourself in David Hockney’s majestic panorama of the Grand Canyon and let the words of best-selling writer Bill Bryson wash over you as he reads from his book “The Lost Continent”. David Hockney’s 15 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon is a highlight of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London later today.

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Sotheby’s | Ru Ware – Rare as the Stars at Dawn


Ru ware, from the imperial court of the Song dynasty, has achieved almost mythical status over the last 1,000 years. Experience its understated beauty and learn about its exceptional rarity in our short film. Song – Important Chinese Ceramics from the Le Cong Tang Collection takes place in Hong Kong on 3 October.

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The Allure of the Ruby: From Precious Gemstone to Glittering Luxury Real Estate

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A beloved precious gemstone, the ruby is a fiery and captivating talisman often associated with passion, protection and prosperity. Though its enjoyed some popularity for hundreds of years, the latest global jewelry trends indicate the exquisite crystal is emerging as a staple of any connoisseur’s collection, as Carol Elkins, senior vice president of Sotheby’s Jewellery reports that colored gemstones have seen significant upward trends in the last decade. In a celebration of the ruby, discover homes that embody the spirit and color of the precious gemstone.

WashingtonBainbridge Island, Washington  |  $1,395,000 USD  |  Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Sweeping views and dramatic contemporary style create a stunning effect in this one-of-a-kind design by Cihan Anisoglu, AIA. The home astounds as its ruby colored exterior shines from a distance, complemented by soaring windows and light-filled spaces that overlook the harbor, ferries and out across Puget Sound.

ArizonaTucson, Arizona  |  $829,000 USD  |  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

The most historic home in downtown Tucson, Rubi Mansion is a true gem situated in the heart of a vibrant Commercial and Infill District. Stepping up onto the front porch is a glittering experience, as a bright red exterior meets hand painted concrete tiles displaying the original City of Tucson Seal, and give way to a ruby inspired entryway.

WisconsinGreen Bay, Wisconsin  |  $1,395,000 USD  |  Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Sometimes the allure of the ruby is found in the natural environment, as this custom-built home showcases views of the bay and a gorgeous jewel toned sky from nearly every room. Located on the Niagra Escarpment, the luxurious Wisconsin skyline meets over 7,000 square feet of modern and unique open living spaces.

CaliforniaSan Clemente, California  |  $63,500,000 USD  |  Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Punctuated by bright red exotic flowers and budding roses from the private gardens down to the oceanfront, the flora and fauna of La Casa Pacifica evokes the fiery spirit of the ruby. The bright red floral hues catch one’s eye and complement the manor’s Spanish design, which features white stucco walls and hand painted tiles.

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Discover rubies and other precious gemstones in the Sotheby’s Jewels Auction, July 20th to August 3rd, which showcases jewels from Marjorie S. Fisher’s collection. The lot offers a range of selections, including a stunning pair of ruby and diamond brooches set with a cluster of round rubies, over a scrolling motif set with round and baguette diamonds.

realogicsWe would like to thank Amanda Lybeck, communications editor, at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty for supplying this feature.

Sotheby’s New York | The Flown Apollo 13 Flight Plan

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One of the most exciting pieces in Sotheby’s July 20th Space Exploration sale is the Flown Flight Plan from the Apollo 13 Mission. Used by the crew on the spacecraft during the mission, it bears the handwriting and detailed notes of all three crew members, with Mission Commander James Lovell’s writing in black felt-tip pen, Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise’s notes in pencil and Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert’s notes in blue ballpoint pen.

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The document records in exacting detail the actions taken by the crew during the mission, including the crucial changes to the flight plan communicated to them by Capcom after the explosion, and the innovative procedures that saved the crew’s lives. It is an incredible eyewitness account of the most dramatic and harrowing mission of the Apollo program.

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Ken Mattingly, whose handwriting appears in the flight plan in red ink, was originally slated to be Command Module Pilot. After unwittingly being exposed to the German measles, he was pulled from the mission despite Lovell’s protests, and replaced with Jack Swigert. NASA had Johnson Space Centre artist Barbara Matelski hand-draw and sign caricatures of the crew members, and inserted them in the flight plan as a surprise prank.

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The flight plan was signed and inscribed by the Apollo 13 crew, and presented by them as a gift to Turnage Robert “Bob” Lindsey, the Lead Flight Planner for Apollo 13: “To Bob – A truly perfect flight plan as far as we got. We know it would have led us by the hand the rest of the way also. Thanks for this remarkable document which we carried to the moon on odyssey 11-17 april 1970. Fred Haise. James Lovell. Jack Swigert.”

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imagereader.aspx-2$3,200,000 USD | Horseshoe Bay, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

From wonders of outer space to the gleaming shores of Horseshoe Bay, follow Captain James Lovell and experience his home in Texas.

Sotheby’s | The Amazing Story of Four Ancient Roman Statues

Find out how four ancient Roman statues found themselves overseeing decadent rock ‘n’ roll parties in Jamaica. Bought in 1968 by international jewellery dealers Doug and Diene Cooper to adorn their opulent villa in Montego Bay, the larger-than-life statues surrounded the swimming pool – scene of exclusive parties attended by illustrious high-society revellers. These splendid statues are highlights of Sotheby’s Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art sale on June 12 in London.

Sotheby’s New York | The Collection of David & Laura Finn

The collection of David and Laura Finn offers a glimpse into the development of European Post-war sculpture. A collector and esteemed businessman, David Finn also imbued these sculptures with emotion through his photography. Discover the collection built upon the Finns’ affinity for art before it is offered in Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale tomorrow night, May 16, in New York.