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The James Halliday Collection: Auction Results

The James Halliday Collection: Auction Results

When James Halliday divested of his remarkable collection of wine to put under the hammer with Langton’s, he told us we shouldn’t be concerned: at 82 years of age, he has reserved a selection of his cellar to see him through to the triple digits.

Still, the bottles that he parted with numbered over 5,600. Over three weeks, the Langton’s team meticulously removed each wine, bottle by bottle, from James’ cellar, with no hiccups. After six weeks of cataloguing, curating, and bottle photography, the James Halliday Collection went live in a series of 10 themed auctions, closing each Thursday over a month. The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti bottles each came with a signed certificate, and all other bottles listed for sale had a numbered sticker of authentication for collectors.

Just as the pursuit of wine has given much joy to James over his impressive and storied career, these once-in-a-lifetime bottles will now give joy to their new owners.

Over many months, bottles from the most important private cellar on our shores have now found new homes. Read on to see how the monumental auction of The James Halliday Collection played out by the numbers.

By the Numbers

The average clearance rate of lots was 93%.

With over 4,000 bidders, auction prices achieved were approximately 25% higher than usual, highlighting the keen demand from buyers to own a piece of Australian wine history.

The average bottle price for the DRC auction was a staggering $4,000 per bottle, and the average achieved for the remaining auctions was $105 per bottle.

Naturally, the bottle that received the most attention was a 2015 DRC Échezeaux, with over 500 bids and a hammer price of $3,201.

The region that achieved the best clearance rate was Western Australia, and South Australia received the most bids (we call it the Penfolds Effect).

The left-field success story of the James Halliday Collection was the 1966 GS Cabernet from South Africa. A wine rarely seen in the market, it is considered South Africa’s Grange. The wine was new to our team (no small feat) and achieved an incredible hammer price of $2,601.

2002 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling achieved an unprecedented $171, and the excitement for Brokenwood wines from James’ tenure there indicated a thirst to pay for a slice of Australia’s wine history.

James Halliday and Tamara Grischy

Numbers by Auction

The following prices are hammer values and exclude buyer’s premium.
() indicates reserve price.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Bottles Sold: 246
Clearance Rate: 97.62%

Top 5 Prices
1973 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI, Romanee-Conti ($9,200.00) $10,056.00
2005 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI, La Tache ($7,360.00) $9,001.00
2015 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI, La Tache ($6,440.00) $8,501.00
1999 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI, La Tache ($7,360.00) $8,301.00
2005 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI, La Tache ($7,360.00) $8,001.00

NSW/ACT
Bottles Sold: 724
Clearance Rate: 88.90%

Top 5 Prices
1978 BROKENWOOD WINES Cabernet Hermitage, Hunter Valley ($550.00) $551.00
1984 BROKENWOOD WINES Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley ($330.00) $330.00
1979 BROKENWOOD WINES Cabernet Sauvignon, Hunter Valley ($220.00) $311.00
2006 CLONAKILLA Murrumbateman Syrah, Canberra District ($125.00) $191.00
2000 MOUNT PLEASANT Maurice O'Shea Shiraz, Hunter Valley ($110.00) $172.00

New Zealand/Tasmania
Bottles Sold: 113
Clearance Rate: 86.96%

Top 5 Prices
1988 TE MATA ESTATE Coleraine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc, Hawkes Bay ($100.00) $201.00
1985 TE MATA ESTATE Coleraine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc, Hawkes Bay ($100.00) $190.00
1999 ARRAS EJ Carr Late Disgorged Methode Traditionelle, Tasmania ($90.00) $156.00
1996 ATA RANGI Pinot Noir, Martinborough ($90.00) $152.00
1989 TE MATA ESTATE Coleraine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc, Hawkes Bay ($100.00) $151.00

Western Australia

Bottles Sold: 266
Clearance Rate: 99.15%

Top 5 Prices
1995 LEEUWIN ESTATE Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River $701.00
2004 HOUGHTON Jack Mann Cabernet, Frankland River ($165.00) $451.00
2001 MOSS WOOD Moss Wood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River ($220.00) $231.00
2001 CULLEN WINES Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River ($135.00) $220.00
1984 CAPE MENTELLE Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River ($55.00) $212.00
1980 MOSS WOOD Moss Wood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River ($135.00) $212.00

Bordeaux
Bottles Sold: 279
Clearance Rate: 98.88%

Top 5 Prices
1966 CHATEAU PALMER 3me cru classe, Margaux ($1,500.00) $1,501.00
1948 CHATEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD 1er cru classe, Pauillac ($1,000.00) $1,381.00
1976 CHATEAU LATOUR 1er cru classe, Pauillac ($500.00) $912.00
1949 CHATEAU LEOVILLE-LAS-CASES 2me cru classe, St-Julien ($300.00) $606.00
1953 CHATEAU TALBOT 4me cru classe, St-Julien ($300.00) $600.00

South Australia
Bottles Sold: 1064
Clearance Rate: 93.22%

Top 5 Prices

Penfolds Grange
1978 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia ($880.00) $880.00
1975 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia ($715.00) $870.00
1998 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia ($605.00) $862.00
1996 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia ($715.00) $802.00
2012 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia ($715.00) $753.00

Other South Australian Price Highlights
1998 HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley ($715.00) $857.00
2010 JIM BARRY WINES The Armagh Shiraz, Clare Valley ($290.00) $301.00
2004 WENDOUREE Shiraz, Clare Valley ($135.00) $231.00
1982 BOWEN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra ($55.00) $187.00
2002 GROSSET Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley ($83.00) $171.00
1994 D'ARENBERG WINES The Dead Arm Shiraz, McLaren Vale ($90.00) $136.00

International Treasures
Bottles Sold: 360
Clearance Rate: 94.31%

Top 5 Prices
1966 GEORGE SPIES GS Cabernet, Stellenbosch ($2,000.00) $2,601.00
1975 VEGA SICILIA Unico, Ribera del Duero ($600.00) $711.00
1880 BLANDY BROTHERS Solera Verdelho, Madeira ($700.00) $700.00
1945 CLOS DE GAMOT, Cahors ($400.00) $646.00
1955 BURMESTER Colheita Reserva Port, Oporto ($500.00) $500.00

Rhône/Champagne
Bottles Sold: 171
Clearance Rate: 95.32%

Top 5 Prices
1980 J.L. CHAVE, Hermitage ($1,400.00) $1,400.00
1982 SALON Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne ($1,200.00) $1,200.00
1979 POL ROGER Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill Brut, Champagne ($400.00) $1,151.00
1988 POL ROGER Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill Brut, Champagne ($500.00) $611.00
1982 BOLLINGER R.D. Extra Brut, Champagne ($240.00) $601.00

Victoria
Bottles Sold: 1043
Clearance Rate: 92.45%

Top 5 Prices
1994 BASS PHILLIP WINES Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland ($495.00) $1,100.00
2010 BASS PHILLIP WINES Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland ($715.00) $1,000.00
1996 BASS PHILLIP WINES Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland ($400.00) $800.00
2012 BASS PHILLIP WINES Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland ($550.00) $784.00
2012 BASS PHILLIP WINES Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland ($550.00) $778.00

Auctions

 

Burgundy/International Riesling
Bottles Sold: 945
Clearance Rate: 91.33%

Top 5 Prices

2001 DOMAINE RENE ENGEL Grand Cru, Grands-Echezeaux ($1,500.00) $1,901.00
1983 DOMAINE DUJAC, Clos de la Roche ($1,000.00) $1,601.00
1983 DOMAINE DUJAC, Bonnes-Mares ($700.00) $1,511.00
1983 DOMAINE DUJAC, Echezeaux ($1,000.00) $1,151.00 
1996 DOMAINE COMTE GEORGES DE VOGUE Grand Cru Cuvee Vieilles Vignes ($800.00) Musigny $1,051.00


Best Value Wines

1997 CHATEAU FRANCOIS Mallee Semillon, Pokolbin $20.00
1996 HUNGERFORD HILL Young Semillon, Canberra District $16.00
2007 CULLEN WINES Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River $117.00
1984 BOWEN ESTATE Shiraz, Coonawarra $66.00
2014 WENDOUREE Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley $116.00
1994 DOMAINE COMTE GEORGES DE VOGUE, Chambolle-Musigny $162.00


Wines that exceeded top estimates

201% over for the 1978 BROKENWOOD WINES Cabernet Sauvignon, Hunter Valley MAGNUM ($80.00) $241.00
101% over for the 1988 TE MATA ESTATE Coleraine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc, Hawkes Bay ($100.00) $201.00
173% for the 2004 HOUGHTON Jack Mann Cabernet, Frankland River MAGNUM ($165.00) $451.00
32% over for the 2015 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI, La Tache ($6,440.00) $8,501.00
82% over for the 1976 CHATEAU LATOUR 1er cru classe, Pauillac ($500.00) $912.00
42% over for the 1988 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia ($605.00) $862.00
187% over for the 1979 POL ROGER Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill Brut, Champagne ($400.00) $1,151.00
30% over for the 1966 GEORGE SPIES GS Cabernet, Stellenbosch ($2,000.00) $2,601.00
122% over for the 1994 BASS PHILLIP WINES Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland ($495.00) $1,100.00
115% over for the 1983 DOMAINE DUJAC, Bonnes-Mares ($700.00) $1,511

 

Further Reading

QA: James Hallidays Dream Champagne Pairing

QA: James Hallidays Dream Champagne Pairing

James Halliday talks his favourite Champagne pairing, Australian wines that rival the great Burgundies, and the life-affirming pleasures of German Riesling...

Impeccably Curated Single Vendor Auction

Impeccably Curated Single Vendor Auction

Here is your rare opportunity to secure bottles from a collection of wine that was curated by one of Sydney's top wine retailers...

The James Halliday Collection: 50 Favourites

The James Halliday Collection: 50 Favourites

On the face of it, picking just 50 favourite bottles from a catalogue of over 5000 Australian and international wines sounds like a near impossible task…


 

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