Some of the prices raised eyebrows around the world. The BBC commented that the £140,940 paid for a six-magnum lot of the 1961 vintage would buy a three-bedroom house in many parts of the UK.
During the eight-hour session 392 lots came under the hammer. All were taken direct from the cellars of the Bordeaux first-growth – this was Christie’s answer to the Sotheby’s Chateau Lafite-Rothschild sale of last year, in which record prices were paid, again in Hong Kong.
All but one of the top ten lots at this Latour sale were from the 1961 vintage, and all went to an ‘Asian private’ buyer.
The top three were identical six-magnum lots of 1961, and they went for well over double their high estimate of HK$850,000, or £66,000.
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