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Christie’s Wine Department Announces California Only Online: Featuring a Private Library Collection of Screaming Eagle and Other Napa Classics

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Largest Single Owner Collection of Screaming Eagle Ever to Appear at Auction at Christie’s. 1 – 13 SEPTEMBER 

August 29th – Los Angeles – Christie’s Wine Department in America is delighted to present: California Only Online: Featuring A Private Library Collection of Screaming Eagle and Other Napa Classics, open for bidding September 1 – 13, 2023. This is the first California Only auction in over twenty years and the first to be held online in Los Angeles, presenting a unique opportunity to purchase both classic and cult wines from California with exceptional provenance.

An assortment of Screaming Eagle

The auction features the largest ever single owner collection of Screaming Eagle to appear at auction at Christie’s. Included in the sale are twenty vintages of this cult Napa classic including rare magnums and multiple vintages of The Flight.

Chris Munro, Head of Department, Christie’s Americas, Fine Wine & Spirits remarks, “Following a successful first year back selling in Los Angeles, it is only natural that we should now feature our first ever California Only sale online in the Wine State. The auction features both the Cult and the Classic with a comprehensive offering from Screaming Eagle, alongside rare vintages of BV Private Reserve and large formats from Groth among the many highlights. With interest for rare Californian wines from both domestic and international buyers we are delighted to present this exceptional sale.”

Highlights from the sale feature an exquisite collection of Napa rarities, including large formats of Groth, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 in both six and three liter and a rare case of magnums of Stag’s Leap, Cask 23, Cabernet Sauvignon 1985, among the all-time highest rated wines from California. Also featured in the sale is an extraordinarily rare full case of Beaulieu Vineyards Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1968 purchased from The Magnificent Collection of Mr. Henry E. Singleton at Christie’s Los Angeles in April 2000. This collection also includes bottles of Heitz Martha’s Vineyard from 1968 and 1969, alongside multiple vintages of Harlan Estate.

Rounding out the auction are ten vintages of Scarecrow, offered in three-bottle original wooden cases and multiple vintages of Opus One.

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About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. In 2023, Christie’s celebrates its 10th anniversary as the first international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai). 

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has sold 8 of the 10 most important single-owner collections in history, including the Paul G. Allen Collection—the most valuable collection ever offered at auction (November 2022). In recent years, Christie’s also achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace. 

Following the groundbreaking 2021 sale of the first digital art NFT ever offered by a global auction house (Beeple’s Everydays), Christie’s recently launched the first fully on-chain auction platform dedicated to exceptional NFT art. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability by reducing our carbon emissions by 50% and pledging to be net zero by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.  

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps.

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