161st Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction Totals €12.6 Million
In a full saleroom at the Halle de Beaune, with 700 attendees, today’s sale of the 161st edition of the Hospices de Beaune wine auction brought a total of €12.6 million / $15.3 million (a hammer total of €11.7 million / $13.2 million), far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of €5.2–7.8 million ($5.9–8.8 million). The 362 lots were 100% sold, with every lot selling for a price above its high estimate. With the addition of the Pièce des Présidents, which sold for a record €800,000 / $900,000, the grand total raised for charity was €13.5 million / $15.3 million. Three auctioneers conducted the sale in rotation over its six-hour duration.
The Charity barrel, also known as the Pièce des Présidents (Presidents’ barrel), led the sale, and this year the wine was selected from the prestig