Sotheby's Hong Kong two-day wine sale of the autumn season concluded with a combined total of $12.7 million. The two sales - The Classic Cellar from A Great American Collector VIII and Finest & Rarest Wines, including the Ultimate Nine from the Bordeaux Winebank Collection, together with successful sales in London and New York, brought the cumulative wine sales total for Sotheby's worldwide in 2011 to $75 million.

Sotheby's Wine Department's philosophy of selling great collections has proved to be a strong attraction for wine lovers worldwide, and Asians particularly appreciate the care taken in sourcing wines of impeccable origin and condition, stated Serena Sutcliffe, M.W., International Head of Sotheby's Wine.

Classic examples today were the top-flight châteaux from The Bordeaux Winebank Collection and the Lafite direct-from-the-cellars sold by family members, both inspiring complete client confidence. Wines from Domaine de la Romanée Conti continue on their upward trend as connoisseurs recognize their rarity and unique quality, Sutcliffe further stated.

Top lot of the sale of Finest and Rarest Wines on Oct. 2 includes a case of Romanée Conti 1988, Domaine de la Romanée Conti sold for $116,346.