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"In my opinion, WineAuctionPrices.com is the single best resource on the internet for lovers of fine and rare wine. The site is well laid-out, easy-to-use, fast, dependable, and enormously useful. I find that WineAuctionPrices.com is the best way for me to gain the quick, thorough understanding of the market that is absolutely crucial in my position."

     - Charles Curtis, MW, formerly Head of North American Wine Sales, Christie's

About WineAuctionPrices.com

Wineauctionprices.com offers actual selling prices of collectible wine from the most important commercial wine auctions in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States and Asia.

Our database contains over 700,000 prices dating back to 2004. By subscribing to our database, you will be able to search the prices for any wine offered at auction. For each wine, you will see a list of actual realized prices, the name of the auction house, the date of the auction and the condition of the bottles prior to the 1961 vintage if the catalog carried condition remarks..

Information for each entry includes the selling firm's name, the date and place of the sale, the selling price for a lot including any buyer's premium buy not including sales taxes, the number of bottles in that lot, and the selling price per bottle. Sales in currencies other than dollars are converted to dollars as of the date of the sale.

Auction results coverage includes:

  • Bonhams and Butterfield, San Francisco
  • Christies, New York, London, California, Paris, Beaune, Asia
  • Sothebys, New York, London, Asia
  • Zachys, New York, California, Asia
  • Morrell, New York
  • Acker, Merrall & Condit, New York, Asia
  • Hart Davis Hart, Chicago
  • Heritage Auctions, Beverly Hills
  • Spectrum, Irvine, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills

Together, these firms offer more than seventy wine auctions each year and are the principal sources of non-current release wines for American and other wine collectors worldwide.

Wine Names

Wine names can be confusing. An example is Beaulieu Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Georges de Latour, Private Reserve, which is known by that name, by parts of that name, and even by the acronym BV.

Names are occasionally misstated or misspelled by the auction firm staff. When our research indicates that the name is incorrect, we make a correction. If it is impossible to determine which wine is intended that lot is omitted.

For California wines, some producers use the word "Estate" in the wine name, others do not, and some auction catalogs add the word "Estate" to certain California wines whether it appears on the bottle label or not.

Some Burgundy producers whose wine originates in a named vineyard site use an article such as "les" or "aux" which may or may not agree with the actual site name, and some articles used with a particular vineyard site can change from vintage to vintage.

Some California wines are alternately referred to as Proprietary Red and Cabernet Sauvignon. The word Meritage may also be used for such wines.

The Australian wine Penfolds Grange appears in catalogs that way and also as Hermitage Grange Bin 95 and also as Grange Hermitage and also as Penfolds Grange Shiraz.

In sum, starting with a confusing list of names and dozens of different interpretations of those names, we try to be as correct as possible. If you don't find the name you seek look for variations on the name or even parts of the name. If you see any obvious errors please let us know.

Bottle Sizes

Most bottle sizes are traditional and are clear. However, Jeroboams present an unusual problem. Traditionally, in Bordeaux a Jeroboam contained six bottles, or 4.5 liters, and in Burgundy, a Jeroboam contained four bottles or 3.0 liters. So-called Jeroboams originating in other growing areas come in a range of sizes. We report the size reported by the auction house.

  • Size Name - ML - Abbreviation
  • Misc - 250 - MISC
  • Half Bottle - 375 - HB
  • Two Thirds Bottle - 500 - 2/3
  • Misc - 700 - MISC
  • Bottle - 750 - B
  • Misc - 800 - Misc
  • Fiascho - 1000 - F
  • Magnum - 1500 - M
  • Tappet - 2000 - T
  • Marie-Jeanne - 2250 - MJ
  • Double Magnum - 3000 - DM
  • Jeroboam (Burgundy) - 3000 - JY
  • Jeroboam (Italian) - 3000 - MISC
  • Misc - 3780 - MISC
  • Dame-Jeanne - 3875 - DJ
  • Jeroboam (Bordeaux) - 4000 - JX
  • Jeroboam (Bordeaux) - 4500 - JZ
  • Jeroboam (California) - 5000 - JC
  • Misc - 5000 - Misc
  • Rheoboam - 5000 - R5
  • Rheoboam - 6000 - R6
  • Imperial - 6000 - I
  • Methuselah - 6000 - ME
  • Misc - 6000 - Misc
  • Misc - 9000 - Misc
  • Salmanazar - 9000 - S
  • Balthazar - 12000 - BA
  • Misc - 12000 - Misc
  • Misc - 12600 - Misc
  • Misc - 12750 - Misc
  • Misc - 13000 - Misc
  • Nebuchadnezzar - 13500 - N13
  • Nebuchadnezzar - 15000 - N
  • Melchior - 18000 - MR
  • Sovereign - 26000 - SN

Other Comments

  • Prices realized for mixed lots which contain two or more different wines or vintages or bottle sizes are not reported since the selling price per bottle cannot be accurately computed.
  • Prices shown are the lot selling price and the price per bottle. DRC Assortments are priced by the entire case, not per bottle. A few other assortments are listed.
  • Wines selling below $10 per bottle are deleted.
  • Ullage levels of bottom neck and above are not given. Other Ullage designations are as follows: UVHS is very high shoulder, UHS is high shoulder, UHMS is high/mid shoulder, UMS is mid-shoulder, ULMS is low/mid shoulder, and ULS is low shoulder. Ullages in Burgundy-style bottles are given in inches or centimeters.
  • Other conditions: C is capsule (covers all capsule problems), L is label (also covers all problems and includes relabeled, handwritten, and missing). SS is signs of seepage or leakage. R is recorked. Reconditioned means what it says. NEB is not estate bottled.

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Using the System

Searching our wine auction price database is easy. Simply search for the wine in our database. We will show you a list of the wines that match your search criteria. You can filter and sort the data in any way you like.

Filter and sort by:

  • Vintage
  • Bottle size
  • Auction house
  • Date
  • Lot price
  • Bottle price

But the best way to see our system is review the demo. You can view the full price history for 2000 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux And Lafite-Rothschild

Click here to see the demo for 2000 Mouton

and

Click here to see the demo for all vintages of Lafite-Rothschild

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