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Rudi Wiest’s Personal Collection Results in 73 New World Records for Fine & Rare German Wines at Acker


Firm Finishes First Half of 2019 On Pace for Another 9-Digit Year

NEW YORK – June 20, 2019 – The 12th floor of the majestic 432 Park Avenue was abuzz yesterday at Acker’s June auction.  Bids were many among collectors on site and online for the rarities contained in the greatest personal collection of German wines ever to be offered thanks to the remarkable Rudi Wiest.  Top names and rare formats of French and Italian wines also held court at Acker’s finale to the first half the 2019 auction season, where an estimated $3.3 Million was sold.


Eager bidders competed for rare single and mixed lots of celebrated German wines, contributing to a grand total of 73 new world records for famed producers, including 13 new world records for Fritz Haag, 12 for JJ Prum, 8 for Zilliken, 6 for Egon Muller, 6 for Bert Simon, 4 for Dr. Thanisch, 3 each for Schloss Johannisberg, Von Simmern, and Weil and 2 for Schafer-Frohlich.  Highest performing lots in the collection included a case of the 1976 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese LGK which sold for $16,120; $8,680 for one bottle of 1921 Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling TBA Gold Capsule; and $4,712 for a lot containing one bottle each of the 1975 E. Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Beerenauslese, and Riesling Beerenauslese Gold Capsule.

Collectors who failed to secure a portion of this great collection will have future opportunities to bid in the coming months.  Acker will offer additional selections from Rudi Wiest in a dedicated single cellar web auction this summer, followed by at least one other live auction this autumn. 


Europe dominated the auction’s Top 10 Lots and a stronger first six months of 2019 for Bordeaux was made clear as that famed region took four of the ten Top Ten slots.  Six magnums of 1990 Petrus and twelve bottles of 1989 Petrus led, selling for $47,120 and $43,400 respectively, followed by three gorgeous magnums of the 1999 Rousseau Chambertin, purchased for $39,680.  DRC and Comte Liger-Belair followed Rousseau for Burgundy as two rare bottles of the 1966 Romanee Conti were next, selling for $27,280.  Vosne Romanee’s banded OWC of 2006 DRC La Tache was purchased for $24,800, a six-bottle vertical of 2006-2011 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee sold for $23,650, and a banded OWC of the 2007 DRC La Tache was acquired for the same price.  Bordeaux returned to the Top Ten stage via six bottles of 1982 Petrus at $21,080 and five beautiful magnums of 1982 Chateau Latour trading for $19,840.  Finally, three very rare bottles of the 1971 B. Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche di Castiglione Falletto Riserva completed the Top Ten, secured for $19,480.


Looking back, Acker Chairman John Kapon noted, “The offering of the Personal Collection of Rudi Wiest was a great end to the first half of this auction season.  While I’m excited to enjoy a few well-earned days off, our September sales in NYC and Hong Kong are already very much in motion, and the second half of 2019 looks very exciting, indeed!”  He continued, “In the first six months of this year we offered a series of very special, truly unique collections and Domaine direct consignments to our clients around the world, and those are the basis for a what will be a memorable Fall auction season ahead.”

Upcoming Auctions:

New York City: September 7, 2019

Hong Kong: September 21, 2019

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