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The Aubrey K. McClendon Collection Breaks Records
at $8.44 Million Auction

Single-Owner Auction Brings in $800,000 more than
Pre-Sale Estimates of $5.1-7.6M

(September 19, 2016 - Chicago, IL) - This past weekend, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. held a single-owner auction featuring The Aubrey K. McClendon Collection. 100% of the 1057 lots were sold, bringing in $8.44 million against pre-sale estimates of $5.1-7.6M.

Nearly 1,000 bidders from 4 continents, 17 countries, and 42 states participated in the sale. 68% of the value of the sale went to US buyers and 32% went to international buyers. In total, $57 million worth of bids were submitted both through HDH’s groundbreaking online bidding platform and live in the sale room in Chicago.

The fierce bidding drove nearly 80% of the lots to sell above their high estimates. Fittingly, various formats of Mr. McClendon’s favorite wine, 1989 Château Haut-Brion, sold at prices that shattered world records. Lots 92 and 94 (each comprised of three double-magnums of 1989 Château Haut-Brion, estimated at $17,000-26,000 per lot) sold for $35,850, surpassing the previous record by $4,000. A jeroboam (5L) of the same wine also achieved world-record status, selling for $33,460 (est. $12,000-18,000).

The most expensive lot of the day was a case of three double-magnums of 1989 Château Pétrus (lot 798, est. $35,000-55,000) that garnered $65,725. Other highlights from the sale include a 12-bottle original wooden case of 1989 Le Pin, which sold for $41,825, and an imperial (6L) of 1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion (lot 533, est. $9,000-14,000), which brought in $21,510.

“We are honored to have represented Mr. McClendon’s collection and I think he would have been proud to know that we had more than ten times the usual number of Oklahoma bidders on this record breaking day,” remarked President Ben Nelson.

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. is based in Chicago and is the largest wine auction house in the United States. Their next sale, "A Celebration of Bordeaux," will take place on November 5. Consignments for the auction will be accepted through the end of September.

 

Top Lots by Price (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
798 1989 Château Pétrus (3 dbl-mags (3L)) $35,000-55,000 $65,725
806 1990 Château Pétrus (6 mags) $32,000-48,000 $50,190
807 1990 Château Pétrus (3 dbl-mags (3L)) $32,000-48,000 $47,800
801 1990 Château Pétrus (12 bs) $32,000-48,000 $45,410
799 1989 Château Pétrus (3 dbl-mags (3L)) $35,000-55,000 $45,410
851 2000 Château Pétrus (12 bs) $35,000-55,000 $45,410
863 1989 Château Le Pin (12 bs)    $24,000-35,000 $41,825
792 1989 Château Pétrus (12 bs) $32,000-48,000 $41,825
896 2000 Château Le Pin (12 bs) $28,000-42,000 $38,240
793 1989 Château Pétrus (12 bs) $32,000-48,000 $38,240

 

Top Lots to Exceed Estimates (inclusive of 19.5% buyer’s premium):
95 1989 Château Haut-Brion (1 jeroboam (5L)) $12,000-18,000 $33,460
798 1989 Château Pétrus (3 dbl-mags (3L)) $35,000-55,000 $65,725
92 1989 Château Haut-Brion (3 dbl-mags (3L)) $17,000-26,000 $35,850
94 1989 Château Haut-Brion (3 dbl-mags (3L)) $17,000-26,000 $35,850
533 1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion (1 imp (6L)) $9,000-14,000 $21,510
93 1989 Château Haut-Brion (3 dbl-mags (3L)) $17,000-26,000 $33,460
105 1990 Château Haut-Brion (1 imp (6L)) $4,000-6,000 $13,145
154 2005 Château Haut-Brion (6 mags) $5,500-8,500 $15,535
132 2000 Château Haut-Brion (6 mags) $5,000-7,500 $14,340
133 2000 Château Haut-Brion (6 mags) $5,000-7,500 $14,340

Sale Stats: Percent sold by lot: 100% | Total Aggregate: $8,435,684
Low Pre-Sale Estimate: $5,114,610 | High Pre-Sale Estimate: $7,674,380

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