So that auction for Charlie Trotter's prized wine collection that was estimated to fetch about $1 million during a two-part live auction and online sale? Well, so far only the live auction has taken place (Nov. 16) and has already nabbed nearly that much—$918,027—from just the first session.
"Seeing some of the rare gems from my cellar at auction today felt a bit like parting with old friends at times, but it was gratifying to see so much collector interest and demand from around the world," Trotter said in a statement.
The auction may have already topped $1 million had 60 cases, including some rare bottles of Bordeaux and Burgundy, not been stolen en route to New York after being packed up at the now-shuttered Lincoln Park restaurant. The online sale kicked off today and runs through Dec. 4.
· Christie's to Auction Charlie Trotter's Wine Collection; Sale Expected to Fetch $1MM [~EChi~]
· 60 Cases of Charlie Trotter's Wine Stolen En Route to Christie's in New York [~EChi]
· Signature Cellars: Charlie Trotter's Online Only [Christie's]