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HDH Finishes First Half of 2013 as #1 Auction House
in the United States, Up 30% from the Same Period in 2012
and 47% Ahead of the Nearest Competitor

June Auction Achieves $4,749,205 and 100% Sold
with Record-Breaking Hammer Prices

  

(July 1, 2013 - Chicago, IL) - With another highly successful auction over the weekend, Hart Davis Hart has once again become the indisputable leader for wine auction sales in America during the first half of 2013. Hart Davis Hart has now held four auctions in 2013 which have tallied a total of $20 million, a 30% increase over last year, and 47% ahead of the nearest competitor. HDH sold more wine in their sale room at Tru Restaurant in Chicago than was sold at any other venue in the world over the first half of 2013. The firm continues to maintain by far the highest sell-through rate in the industry. Of the 6,245 lots offered so far this year, only one failed to sell.

The strong two-day June auction was 100% sold and brought $4,749,205 against a pre-sale auction estimate of $3,254,290-$4,864,910. Bidding for Bordeaux & Burgundy was especially strong. Six bottles of 1995 Bonnes-Mares Georges Roumier shattered world records when they realized $15,535 against an estimate of $4,500-6,500. In addition, six bottles of 1990 Bonnes-Mares Georges Roumier ($5,000-$7,500), also set world record prices, realizing $10,755. Ten bottles of 1975 Château Pétrus (estimate $10,000-$15,000) achieved $20,315. Collectors from around the world eagerly bid for ex-Châteaux groups direct from the cellars of Dom Pérignon and Château La Mission Haut-Brion.

“We’re very grateful for the continued loyalty among clients who our team has been serving for 30 years, and it’s so exciting to see a groundswell of new collectors emerging from all corners of the world. Our experience and dedication to service has been the key to our success,” commented CEO Paul Hart.

Bidders participated from 38 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

Top Lots by Price (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
Lot 9: 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $32,000
Lot 236: 1980 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot (11 bs) (est. $19,000-28,000) $28,000
Lot 165: 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $28,000
Lots 163, 1036: 1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (est. $22,000-32,000) $26,000
Lot 1036: 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $26,000
Lot 218: 1969 Dom Pérignon, Oenothèque, Commande Spéciale (2006 disgorgment) (12 bs) (est. $18,000-28,000) $24,000
Lot 1037: 2004 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (3 bs) (est. $18,000-28,000) $24,000
Lot 164: 1998 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (est. $16,000-24,000) $22,000
Lot 1147: 1998 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (est. $16,000-24,000) $22,000
Lot 213: 1978 Barolo Riserva, Monfortino Giacomo Conterno (10 bs) (est. $15,000-22,000) $22,705

Percent sold by lot: 100%
Total Aggregate: $4,749,205
Low Pre-Sale Estimate: $3,254,390
High Pre-Sale Estimate: $4,864,610

 

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