Winning Bids: June 2014

  •  Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
    This 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail was the first of its marque to win a 24-hour endurance race and is perhaps the most successful 907 ever built. Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
  • Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
    A 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster smashed the auction record for a Delahaye by more than $3 million. Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
  • Tack's Bowers
    The 1936 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas also exceeded expectations, demonstrating a burgeoning interest in numismatics. Tack's Bowers
  • Sotheby’s
    The Rothschild Prayerbook contains premier examples of Flemish miniatures. Sotheby’s
  •  Sotheby’s
    The rooster, hen, and chicks painted on the chicken cup are believed to represent the emperor and his family; the underside bears a blue reign mark. Sotheby’s
  • Photo credit supppied.
    A collection of Buffalo Bill memorabilia, passed down through generations of his family, included a photograph of the man himself and a set of silver spurs. Photo credit supppied.
  • Bret Lopez
    An exclusive release from Scarecrow set a new benchmark for Napa Valley Cabernets. Bret Lopez
  •  Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
  • Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
  • Tack's Bowers
  • Sotheby’s
  •  Sotheby’s
  • Photo credit supppied.
  • Bret Lopez
<< Back to Collection, June 2014

    $260,000 Toto's Opium Dream: Scene III

    When the gavel went down on the top lot at the annual Premiere Napa Valley auction in February, the roar in the room resounded across the wine world: An exclusive 60-bottle release of 2012 Scarecrow Cabernet had sold for a staggering $260,000—a record for Premiere Napa, and perhaps the most expensive current release of any vintage ever sold in the United States.

    The wine, called Toto’s Opium Dream: Scene III, came from a tiny plot of vines planted in 1945 by J.J. Cohn, a producer of The Wizard of Oz. Dry farmed, hand harvested, and the product of a warm-year vintage that is already exceeding expectations, the cuvée was blended by winemaker Celia Welch, who used two of the four barrels yielded by the plot to create a wine that she calls “almost beyond words—it is complex and complete in a way that is indefinable.”

    The buyer, Glen Knight of the Wine House in Los Angeles, is offering bottles for $5,400 each, and three-packs for $13,500. By mid-April, Knight had sold 15 bottles for October 2015 delivery. —Michalene Busico  

     

     

     

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