A wine auction at Sotheby's London has seen a number of Bordeaux First Growths of the 1996 vintage go under the hammer, although many of these sold at the lower end of their estimate prices.
Lots including Chateau Margaux, Chateau Lafite, Chateau Latour, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Haut Brion 1996 all sold briskly, while a Chateau Latour 1961 went for £32,200.
However, one of the biggest highlights of the event was a five-bottle lot of Domaine de la Romanee Conti 1978, which commanded considerably higher than its estimate price at £36,800.
Other DRC vintages for sale at the auction included 1985 and 1959, as well as a single bottle of La Tache 1943, which went for nearly twice its expected price at £1,955.
It follows reports from Bloomberg that Sotheby's has not seen an unsold bottle in its last 15 auctions in Hong Kong, and last year broke the world record with the sale of three bottles of Chateau Lafite 1869.
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