The two-day auction totalled £2 515 969, far exceeding even the high estimate for the sale. The top sale was the purchase of the Château Petrus 1989, where six magnums were sold for £30 550, against an estimate of £20 000-£32 000. Six magnums of the 1975 Petrus sold for £16 450 to an Asian buyer and whilst six bottles of the Petrus 1989 were bought for £14 688. Both of the Château Petrus 1989 lots were bought by private buyers from the UK.

L15712_500_3 Château Mouton Rothschild, 1982
12 bottles
Sold for £8 813 per lot
Château Mouton Rothschild, 1982
1 double magnum
Sold for £4230 per lot

L15712_500_2 Château La Mission Haut
Brion 1961, 6 bottles
Sold for £14 688

With a hefty 87.9% of lots in the sale sold, Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby's Wine, Europe, commented: "We are delighted to finish the year on a high with the best result for a London wine sale this year. The total is the highest Single Owner total we have achieved in over a decade and is a fitting tribute to a collection of this magnitude.''

The Bordeaux range in the sale included First and Second Growths from both Right and Left Banks, with many in original wooden cases. Landmark vintages such as 1945, 1959 and 1961, and excellent recent vintages including 1982, 1996 and 2000 were present in the sale.

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