White Glove: The Final Offering from Graham Lyons

New York, September 14, 2015 – On September 11, 2015, A London Gentleman’s Cellar, Historic Wines from the Collection of Graham Lyons Part III – The Final Offering realized HK$31,594,955 (US$4,076,768). Wine collectors from around the world leapt at the chance to bid on lots from one of the greatest iconic collections still in private hands, resulting in a white glove, 100% sold sale, more than twice the pre-sale estimate. The star of this final offering was provenance. Almost all 315 lots were traced back to their point of purchase thanks to Graham Lyons meticulous note-keeping.

Jeff Zacharia, President of Zachys, commented, "The third instalment of the Graham Lyons Cellar exceeded all expectations, and our expectations were high. From Bordeaux and Burgundy, to wine regions less seen at auction, bidders internationally realized that this auction was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the prices realized reflect that. This auction proves once again that Zachys is the auction house with the greatest single-owner collections in the world. We know that our clients demand the best-of-the-best, and that’s what we bring them. Please be sure to join us for our next auction, September 17 and 18 in NYC, followed by October 21 in NYC, and our next Hong Kong sale on October 31."

Graham Lyons commented, "It was great to see all the work put into this sale from the Zachys team from around the world. I am deeply impressed by the dazzling energy. On my first trip to Hong Kong with my wife for this special auction, how delightful to encounter so many wine enthusiasts during the dinner and lunch organized before the sale as well as inside the auction room. So many people came up to me during and after the auction to personally thank me and tell me directly how much they had enjoyed the sale – when I should be thanking them!"

Highlights:
Château Haut-Brion 1961
1 jeroboam
HK$: 120,000-200,000
(US$ 15,000-26,000)
Provenance: direct from
Château Haut Brion
(Lot 11)
Price realized: HK$ 343,000/
US$ 44,257

Romanée-Conti 1971
3 magnums
HK$: 550,000-800,000
(US$ 70,000-100,000)
Provenance: Adnam’s,
October 19, 1975
(Lot 137)
Price realized: HK$1,225,000/
US$ 158,063

Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive Riserva Speciale from Giacosa 1964
12 bottles
HK$: 190,000-280,000
(US$ 24,000-36,000)
Provenance: Christie’s London,
July 29, 1982
(Lot 248)
Price realized: HK$ 318,500/
US$ 41,096

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1874
1 magnum (1.5L)
Estimate at HK$120,000 – 190,000 (US$16,000 – 24,000)
Provenance: Sotheby’s,
December 11, 1974
(Lot 13)
Price realized: HK$ 196,000/
US$ 25,290

Chateau Petrus 1961
6 bottles
Estimate at HK$260,000 – 460,000 (US$34,000 – 60,000)
Provenance: Christie’s,
October 23, 1975
(Lot 38)
Price realized: HK$ 539,000/
US$ 69,547

Chateau d’Yquem 1929
6 bottles
Estimate at HK$120,000 – 190,000 (US$15,000 – 24,000)
Provenance: Christie’s,
June 21, 1979
(Lot 89)
Price realized: HK$ 232,750 /
US$ 30,032

Musigny Domaine Leroy 1993
3 bottles
Estimate at HK$55,000 – 85,000 (US$7,000 – 11,000)
(Lot 118)
Price realized: HK$ 159,250/
US$ 20,548

Cote Rotie La Mouline Guigal 1978
Estimate at HK$200,000 – 300,000
(US$26,000 – 38,000)
with original carton
Provenance: Bow Wine Vaults,
June 24, 1983
(Lot 176)
Price realized: HK$ 416,500 /
US$ 53,741

Madeira Blandys 1792
1 bottle
Estimate at HK$16,000 – 24,000 (US$2,000 – 3,200)
Provenance: Christie’s, 1970s
(Lot 279)
Price realized: HK$ 58,800 /
US$ 7587

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