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Five show-stopping lots at Kaigai online auction

Here are five show-stopping lots at Kaigai's online auction that will bound to attract fierce bidding among collectors, including the iconic Yamazaki 1960 40 Year Old and the legendary 1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Romanée-Conti Grand Cru (Lot 52) 

Romanée-Conti is considered among the greatest grand cru from arguably the world’s most rarefied wine estate Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) in Burgundy. Romanée-Conti grand cru was once amicably compared to composer Beethoven by respected wine expert Michael Broadbent if its La Tache is Tchaikovsky.

The 1978 vintage was considered the finest vintage of the decade despite a challenging growing season. It’s also a milestone for the Burgundy estate because its wine quality remarkably improved after early 1970s, which is generally considered shy from the best decade in DRC’s history.

Historic bottles from DRC have been responsible for setting several world records for wines sold at auctions, and this bottle to go under hammer at Kaigai will be no exception.

A case of Romanée-Conti 1978 was sold for about US$476,000 or US$39,700 a bottle in Hong Kong in 2013, setting a record for Romanée-Conti. The lot offered by Kaigai is estimated to fetch between ¥1.45 million and ¥1.8 million, which is US$13,750-17,000.

Bid here.

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