CELLAR TROVE: Pierre Bergé’s wine cellar will go under the hammer on March 10 in Paris.
The sale at Hôtel Drout auction house will include magnums of Château d’Yquem, jeroboams of Mouton Rothschild and a rare bottle of Heidsieck Champagne “Goût Americain” vintage 1907, which was rescued from the shipwreck of the Jönköping schooner that sank in 1916 in the Baltic Sea at a depth of 300 feet after being attacked by a German submarine.
An avid collector, Bergé’s cellar has around 3,000 bottles. There are rare Bordeaux vintages, including from Petrus, Cheval Blanc and Margaux.
There is a lot of 12 bottles of Château La Mission Haut Brion 1959, estimated at between 18,000 euros and 22,000 euros, or $19,670 and $24,042 at current exchange. From Burgundy, there’s a lot of a dozen bottles of La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1996 with an estimated price from 20,000 to 24,000 euros, or $21,856 to $26,228.
Champagne cuvées, including from Dom Perignon, Perrier-Jouët and Taittinger, plus a few Eaux de Vie, Armagnac, rum and Porto wines from 1924 to 1966 will also be a part of the sale.
The first of Bergé’s private library’s series of auctions, held in December also at Drouot, brought in 11.7 million euros, or $12.8 million. The next sale — dedicated to 19th-century literature — is set to take place on Nov. 9, with five subsequent sales to follow.
As reported, in 2009 Christie’s auctioned off the art collection Bergé and Saint Laurent amassed together, netting some 374 million euros, or $521.2 million at average exchange that year.