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Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. Retains Status as the Leader
of the US Live Auction Market for the First Half of 2015

Blockbuster June Auction Brings HDH’s US Auction Sales to $20M

(June 29, 2015—Chicago, IL) - In a monumental two-day sale this past weekend, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. confirmed its status as the #1 wine auction house in the US in the first half of 2015 by a wide margin. HDH has the largest share of the US wine auction market with more than $20M in 2015 sales and 7,709 lots offered.

HDH’s record-breaking, 99.8%-sold June auction realized $4.9M in sales against pre-sale estimates of $3.4-5.4M. The auction attracted interest from around the globe with bidders hailing from 42 US states and four continents. While some participants traveled to Chicago to attend the sale in person, many more bid via Hart Davis Hart’s new auction website and mobile app. Bidders in Brazil were also able to watch a live video stream of the auction at an event held in São Paulo while utilizing the state-of-the-art online bidding platform to place live bids.

The June sale featured 1,773 lots of incredible diversity and provenance. Nearly 40% of all lots met or exceeded their high-estimates, with many achieving astonishing prices. One of the auction’s crowning gems was a phenomenal offering of the finest blue chip wines with impeccable provenance from one of the world’s most important and discerning collectors (lots 1144-1184). This consignment featured 20 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines that sold for $490,548 against pre-sale estimates of $323,500-$484,500, yielding some of the strongest prices for DRC thus far in 2015. Especially impressive lots included 5 bottles of 1991 Romanée-Conti that sold for $59,750 (est. $35,000-55,000), 9 bottles of 1997 Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux, Réserve Henri Jayer that sold for $38,240 (est. $18,000-28,000), and 9 bottles of 1961 Haut-Brion sold for $17,925 (est. $13,000-19,000).

Another highlight of HDH’s June auction was a selection of wines direct from the cellars of Dom Pérignon, with eleven vintages of the rare Plénitude 3 (P3). Auction attendees enjoyed glasses of 1988 Dom Pérignon Rosé P3 poured from magnums paired with fine caviar as this incredible parcel brought in $234,937 (est. $175,800-262,500). Further highpoints included encyclopedic offerings from two of the most legendary names in fine wine: an astounding 17-vintage library of Screaming Eagle in original wood that sold for $103,965 (est. $72,300-108,600), and an encyclopedia of Unico spanning over 25 vintages that sold for $77,735 (est. $46,400-68,900).

Additional Highlights:
• 36 lots of Margaux sold for $130,793 (est. $92,250-$139,400)
• 18 lots of Mouton sold for $79,647 (est. $55,400-$82,900)
• 20 lots of Cos d’Estournel sold for $30,532 ( est. $22,250-$32,650)
• 14 lots of Léoville-Las-Cases sold for $25,872 (est. $18,150-$26,750)
• 46 lots of DRC sold for $795,691 (est. $556,150-$832,750)
• 11 lots of Henri Jayer sold for $220,119 (est. $139,200-$208,500)
• 27 lots of Rousseau sold for $104,682 (est. $69,000-$103,400)
• 36 lots of Vogüé sold for $63,514 (est. $44,460-$66,800)
• 29 lots of Unico, Bodegas Vega Sicilia sold for $78,034 (est. $47,600-$70,950)
• 12 lots of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia sold for $23,183 (est. $13,850-$20,650)
• 28 lots of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $172,080 (est. $121,800-$183,900)

“The US continues to represent the largest percentage of the global wine auction market in 2015,” remarked CEO Paul Hart. “We’re proud to retain our status as America’s top Auction house through the first half of the year—a status we’ve earned thanks to the continued loyalty and respect from the world’s most important collectors.”

As the #1 wine auction house in the US for the past 3 years, HDH has a proven track record of excellence, and continues to exceed its competition in terms of market share, auction size and sell-through rate. Hart Davis Hart’s 2015 auctions will resume in the fall, with a sale on the weekend of September 19th. If you are interested in consigning your wine with HDH, please contact consignments@hdhwine.com or 312.379.8712.

Top Lots by Price (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
Lot 1157: 1993 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (7 bs) (est. $50,000-75,000) $71,700
Lot 1155: 1991 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (5 bs) (est. $35,000-55,000) $59,750
Lot 1167: 2006 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (4 bs) (est. $30,000-45,000) $45,410
Lot 1166: 2004 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (4 bs) (est. $28,000-42,000) $45,410
Lot 1177: 1997 Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux, Réserve Henri Jayer, Henri Jayer (9 bs) (est. $18,000-28,000) $38,240
Lot 1176: 1996 Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux, Réserve Henri Jayer, Henri Jayer (6 bs) (est. $28,000-42,000) $35,850
Lot 1164: 2002 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (3 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $33,460
Lot 1607: 2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment (12 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $33,460
Lot 1171: 1990 Echézeaux, Henri Jayer (6 bs) (est. $24,000-35,000) $31,070
Lot 1178: 2000 Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parantoux, Réserve Henri Jayer, Henri Jayer (7 bs) (est. $15,000-22,000) $31,070

Top Lots to Exceed Estimates (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
Lot 1228: 1953 Unico, Bodegas Vega Sicilia (2 bs) (est. $1,700-2,600) $5,378
Lot 808: 1989 Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Armand Rousseau (1 b) (est. $850-1,300) $2,271
Lot 1227: 1948 Unico, Bodegas Vega Sicilia (2 bs) (est. $1,500-2,200) $3,824
Lot 1330: 2002 Sine Qua Non Rosé, E° (2 hbs) (est. $450-650) $1,135
Lot 59: 1990 Barolo, Villero, Bruno Giacosa (12 bs) (est. $2,400-3,500) $5,975
Lot 1206: 1990 Dom Pérignon Rosé, P3 (2004 Disgorgement) (3 mags) (est. $5,000-7,500) $11,353
Lot 1205: 1990 Dom Pérignon Brut, P3 (2013 Disgorgement) (5 bs) (est. $2,000-3,000) $4,541
Lot 738: 1993 Nuits-St-Georges, Boudots, Domaine Leroy (5 bs) (est. $2,000-3,000) $4,541
Lot 838: 1964 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (1 mag) (est. $4,500-6,500) $10,158
Lot 1008: 2008 Clos Saint-Denis, Très Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot (6 bs) (est. $900-1,400) $2,032

Sale Stats: Percent sold by lot: 99.83% | Total Aggregate: $4,893,143
Low Pre-Sale Estimate: $3,429,120 | High Pre-Sale Estimate: $5,133,830


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