1952 Hine Grande Cognac produced for Elizabeth II set to auction



2015-06-26 13:09:20

1952 Hine Grande Cognac produced for Elizabeth II set to auction

A 1952 Hine Grande Cognac made to mark the accession of Elizabeth II will auction at Bonhams

A 1952 Hine Grande Champagne Cognac, produced to mark Elizabeth II's accession, is coming to auction at Bonhams London.

The bottle, which is joined by a 1904 Hine Grande Champagne in the lot, has a 500 ($790) high estimate.

Hine Queen Cognac Will the royal connection boost the value of the 1952 cognac?

One of a number from the 1952 offering that were bottled and presented to the Queen by Hine Grande in 1977 to mark the silver jubilee, it is said by the auction house to offer a combination of "finesse, balance and a well-rounded bouquet".

Cognacs with a link to important historical events have a strong track record of performing well at auction.

A bottle from the French revolution sold at Christie's for $26,415 in November.

The international director of Bonhams' wine department, Richard Harvey, remarked: "The excellent results in our previous sales show that the market for cognac is still strong.

"The Hine Grande Champagne Cognac which was destined for the Queen is a very rare and interesting bottle and I'm sure it will arouse great interest."

The auction will feature a host of rare cognacs, including a Pierre Frapin Cuvee 1888 Grand Cru contained within an engraved crystal decanter featuring a 24 carat spiral. It has a 3,000 ($4,700) high valuation.

The anticipated top lot of the auction, however, will be 12 bottles of 1988 Romanee-Conti, which have a high estimate of 90,000 ($140,000).

Another dozen bottles of the 1988 vintage Burgundy sold in June of last year, bringing $116,977.

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