The sale of wines from Henry Jayer’s estate is a historic event featuring the rare vintages with perfect condition and origin. The opportunity would never be repeated with its extraordinary rarity. The rarest and finest wine was sold from the Hong Kong office of Christie. The recent auction of Henry Jayer’s wines on 10th of February 2012 revealed the demand for old and rare wines. Christies sold seven hundred and forty four wine bottles directly from the Henri Jayer’s private cellar with 644 normal bottles and 100 magnums. The evening sale offered ninety eight lots with huge range of vintages from Master Burgundy Henri Jayer’s private cellar which made the auction unique.
The bottles were sold for US$8.5 million or more than HK$66 million. The sale included a case of 1985 Vosne-Romanee premier cru Cros Parantoux and three bottles of 1978 Richebourg. The sale demonstrated the Asian clients ‘passion for burgundy wines. The once in a life time sale confirms the potentiality of Hong Kong market for rare wine. The estimation of Pre-sale was smashed by 100 or 200% margins. 1987’s three magnums of Cros Parantoux reached three hundred and three percent.
The aggregate price for the 98 lots was 66,029,700 HKD, which equals with 8,512,666 USD. Twelve bottles of Vosne-Romanée of 1985 were sold for $265,147(three hundred and sixty two percent above the Index average) or HK$2,057,000. Two of the Richebourg magnums of 1985 fetched $218,357 (four hundred and thirty five percent) Richebourg’s three bottles of 1978 brought $202,760 (up twenty seven percent).