Christie's to offer "Grands Crus Part III: Finest and Rarest Wines from the Cellar of Christen Sveaas"

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Christie's to offer "Grands Crus Part III: Finest and Rarest Wines from the Cellar of Christen Sveaas"
From left to right: Château Lafite-Rothschild 1953. 2 bottles per lot. Estimate: HK$32,000 – 48,000/ US$4,000 – 6,000. Château Lafite-Rothschild 1955. 1 bottle per lot. Estimate: HK$7,000 – 10,000/ US$900 – 1,300. Château Lafite-Rothschild 1961. 12 bottles per lot. Estimate: HK$130,000 – 200,000/ US$16,500 – 25,000.

HONG KONG.- Christie’s have been entrusted with the sale of “Grands Crus Part III: Finest and Rarest Wines from the Cellar of Christen Sveaas”, which will be offered at a live auction in Hong Kong on 24 March at Christie’s Alexandra House saleroom. Comprising over 350 lots with an estimated total value exceeding HK$20 million / US$2.5 million, the sale will provide an exceptional opportunity for connoisseurs to acquire prestigious and historic wines from the famed collection of Norwegian businessman, art collector, investor and donator, Christen Sveaas.

Presented will be a stunning selection of Bordeaux from the most prestigious producers, including Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, La Mission Haut Brion, Palmer and Pétrus, with iconic vintages such as 1928, 1945 and 1961 represented. In addition, there will be offerings of Château d’Yquem from 1858 to 1962, as well as other well-aged Sauternes from the 1920s to the 1950s. Highlights from Burgundy include DRC Romanée-Conti from the 1950s to the 2010s, alongside a large selection of outstanding white Burgundy from DRC Montrachet, Leflaive and Coche Dury, amongst others. Legendary Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle from 1961 will also be a significant feature.

Adam Bilbey, Global Head of Wine and Spirits, Christie’s commented, “This is a truly breathtaking selection of wines from one of the world’s great wine cellars. This sensational collection has been fervently assembled by Mr Sveaas for more than thirty-five years. Focused on Bordeaux with historic and renowned vintages from the very finest producers, the sale will undoubtedly incite tremendous excitement amongst wine connoisseurs in Asia and beyond. We are extremely honoured that Mr Sveaas has entrusted us with this prestigious sale in Hong Kong, which continues our track-record of presenting the most important single-owner wine collections to the market.”

Cristian Albu, International Director and Co-Head of the 20th and 21st Century Art Department, Christie’s Asia Pacific added, “Christen Sveaas is a collector with a discerning eye and a passion for the very best and finest things this world has to offer, as reflected in his diverse and important art collection, the Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park, and his supreme wine cellar. It is a privilege for me to know Mr Sveaas personally and I am delighted that he is collaborating with Christie’s once again to share such an exquisite part of his wine collection.”

Christen Sveaas remarked, “I am saying farewell to part of my treasured wine collection, much of which was acquired 20-30 years ago. While this moment is bittersweet, what gives me comfort is the tremendous experience these rare bottles will give to others, an experience I have had numerous times myself. I am also glad to share this part of my cellar with collectors in Asia, where there is such an appreciation and appetite for fine wine.”

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