by Mike Sula
Chicago wine auction house Hart Davis Hart is touting its record-breaking sale last weekend at Tru of one of the largest single-owner wine collections ever to go on the block, heavy on first-growth vintage Bordeaux such as Haut-Brion, Margaux, and Latour. According to the company, the auction brought in $11,160,583, the fourth largest take for a wine auction in history.
The first lot up for bid, 12 bottles of 1982 ChaÌteau Lafite-Rothschild broke a world record for the wine, selling to a Chinese bidder for $54,970. The number one bid? $179,250 for one case of 1990 RomaneÌe-Conti Domaine de la RomaneÌe-Conti.
"Maybe some creative financial type will set up derivatives to be able to short Lafite," he wrote.