Spectrum Fine Wine Auctions

Nine Remarkable Collections Highlight Spectrum Wine Auction’s Second Anniversary Sale December 3 and 4 at The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Spectrum Wine Auction's Second Anniversary Auction

(November 17, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, a California-based auction house whose live sales have realized nearly US$37 million since launching in November 2009, is set to celebrate its second anniversary with a live auction in Hong Kong on December 3 and 4, 2011, featuring offerings from nine highlighted collections of remarkable provenance and spectacular condition. Highlights include more than 600 lots of top-shelf Burgundy, with a magnum of 1999 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, cases of Domaine Meo-Camuzet, a veritable plethora from Leroy, as well as nearly 175 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

“Spectrum Wine is thrilled to have had the success over the past two years to be asked by such distinguished consignors to offer their extraordinary collections of fine and rare wine at our Second Anniversary Auction,” said Spectrum Wine Auctions President, Jason Boland. “These nine collections are impressive in both magnitude and scope, and it is an honor to be able to celebrate their consignment with such a fine selection of wine and an even finer gathering of colleagues and friends.”

More than 1,600 lots with rarities from virtually every major wine region with a pre-sale estimate of over US$6.5 million (HK$50,375,000 million) will be offered in the sale.  Richard Brierley, head of fine wine at Vanquish Ltd., was auctioneer at Spectrum’s record-setting Autumn Wine Auction (US$6M; HK$46,500,000).  He will once again charm the bidders during the live auction while other interested parties around the world can bid via state-of-the-art real-time online bidding software over the Internet, or by phone.

Over the past two years Spectrum Wine Auctions has realized an incredible expansion in order to enhance worldwide customer service, by growing its operations in California with the purchase by parent company Spectrum Group International of a new 55,000-square-foot office building, and opening new offices in Paris and San Francisco, and establishing new Asian headquarters in Hong Kong. In addition, the company has enhanced its digital technology systems, enabling customers to engage the company’s industry leading software on-the-go from anywhere in the world through their iPhone or iPad.

Second Anniversary Auction highlights include:

  • Lots 307-309: 12 bottles of Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1990 (estimate US$5,500; HK$42,500) 100-point Wine Advocate rated from The Majestic Cellar Part II
  • Lot 397: three bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 2001 in OWC (estimate US$22,500; HK$170,000) from A Dragon’s Cache of DRC
  • Lots 420-421: one magnum (1.5L) of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 1971 (estimate US$15,000; HK$115,000) from The Gold Coast Collection
  • Lot 424: one Methuselah (6L) Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 1971 in OWC (estimate US$80,000; HK$620,000) from An International Gourmand’s Collection
  • Lot 447: six bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 2005 in banded OWC (estimate US$20,000; HK$155,000) from The Blue Chip Cellar Part III
  • Lot 1153: six magnums (1.5L) of Château Lafite Rothschild 2000 in OWC (estimate US$27,500; HK$210,000) from The Gold Coast Collection
  • Lot 1194: six magnums (1.5L) of Château Lafite Rothschild 1982 (estimate US$50,000; HK$380,000) from The Gold Coast Collection
  • Lot 1604: 12 bottles of Château Haut-Brion 1989 in OWC (estimate US$14,000; HK$108,000) 100-point Robert Parker rated from The Liberty Bell Cellar
  • Lots 1917: six magnums (1.5L) of Château Mouton Rothschild 1986 in OWC (estimate US$11,000; HK$85,000) 100-point Robert Parker rated Ex-Château, library release from Château Mouton Rothschild, Lying in Hong Kong
  • Lot 2022: six bottles of Henri Jayer Richebourg 1978 (estimate US$45,000; HK$350,000) from The Gold Coast Collection


The Norman Burnam Collection: Armed with priceless knowledge and insights, the late Mr. Burnam collected only the best Bordeaux, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and other great Burgundies in case quantities, all from reputable retailers, which have been in the continuous possession of Mr. Burnam and his heirs ever since. The collection has impeccable provenance, beautiful cosmetic appearance, fantastic fills, and almost all of the wine was purchased on release or as futures. It features blue-chip First Growth’s, and other top Bordeaux including a case of Château La Mission Haut-Brion from the legendary 1982 vintage.

The Majestic Cellar: Property of Passionate New York Connoisseur Part II features three cases of pristine 2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée Conti assortment cases in OWC, as well as a case of the 100-point Robert Parker rated 2000 Château La Clusiére and five lots of the of the 100-point Wine Advocate rated 1990 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle.

The Blue Chip Cellar Part III: The Blue Chip Cellar has been a featured Spectrum Wine collection for three sales, and the focus of this prodigious collector has now turned to Burgundy, with fabulous quantities of Leroy, Mugnier and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The sale features twenty-four bottles and one rare magnum of 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche, as well as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée Conti from 2008, 1999, and a branded six-bottle case of 1996. Other top producers, including Domaine Armand Rousseau, Domaine Georges Roumier and a very rare magnum of 1999 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, round out this extraordinary offering.

Other collections include The Lone Star Collection featuring a diverse offering of rare and fine wine from Barbaresco to Vosne-Romanée; An International Gourmand Collection showcasing various formats of 1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti, from standard bottle to Methuselah; A Dragon’s Cache of DRC representing one of the largest single consignments of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti ever brought to auction; The Gold Coast Cellar, sourced via a well-known celebrity collection, offers a case of the hard-to-find debut vintage of 1992 Screaming Eagle, bottles of 1978 Henri Jayer Richebourg, and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from the best vintages, including 1990, 1985, 1978, 1971 and 1962; Direct from a Prestigious Bordeaux Cellar Part II, rare wines purchased directly from Bordelais négotiants and producers; and The Liberty Bell Collection, a colorful array of Burgundy from the renowned Domaine Meo-Camuzet and a number of significant First Growth Bordeaux, including OWC lots of 1989 Château Lafite Rothschild, 1990 Château Mouton Rothschild and 1989 Château Haut-Brion.

Interested buyers may preview 360-degree photographs of bottles from each lot prior to the sale and may request a complimentary catalog at www.spectrumwine.com or by calling 949-748-4845. In addition to attending the auction in person, bidders may also use Spectrum Wine Auctions’ fully integrated real-time bidding software system online, which offers secure transactions and live streaming audio and video of the auction floor. Bids are also accepted via mail and fax prior to the sale, and arrangements may be made for live phone bidding. Spectrum Wine invites all registered bidders to celebrate the auction with a Champagne brunch along with pours of Krug and Cristal. The auction and brunch start promptly at 11:00 a.m. both days. 

Total lots: 1631

Pre-sale estimate: US$6.5 million (HK$50,375,000 million)

Spectrum Wine Auctions Upcoming Live Auction Calendar:

  • In partnership with Vanquish Wines Ltd., February 2012, London
  • The Spring 2012 Auction, March 2012, Hong Kong

About Spectrum Wine Auctions
Spectrum Wine Auctions is a subsidiary of Spectrum Group International, Inc. (SPGZ:PK), a consolidated global collectibles network. The company is a leading auctioneer of stamps, coins, and other memorabilia, targeting both collectors and dealers. Building a strong financial foundation, Spectrum Group International is also a merchant/dealer of certain collectibles and trader of precious metals. The company's collectibles offerings range from the modest to ultra high-end in value and span the globe. Spectrum Wine Auctions also conducts semimonthly online auctions through www.spectrumwine.com. The company offers competitive incentives for consignors, including 30-day payouts in full for all lots sold regardless as to whether the firm has collected from each buyer, and the ability to consign both highly-collectible and commonly found wines.

Backed by many decades of auction expertise and driven by a team of dedicated wine specialists and enthusiasts, Spectrum Wine Auctions is committed to offering buyers and sellers alike the most accessible and expansive auction opportunities of what is simply the world’s greatest consumable and collectible product—wine.

For more information on Spectrum Wine Auctions, please call at 949-748-4845 or visit