Le Gavroche Auction Surpasses Expectations, Fetching Over £2.2 Million

Le Gavroche Auction Surpasses Expectations, Fetching Over £2.2 Million

In a testament to its rich history and global significance, the recent two-part auction celebrating Le Gavroche's iconic wines, art, and memorabilia has garnered immense attention, fetching a combined total of £2,269,276. 

Hosted by Christie's, the auction saw enthusiastic participation from bidders across 39 countries, with 60% being new to the esteemed auction house. This landmark event not only highlighted the allure of single-owner collections but also underscored Christie's continued prowess in curating and presenting such exceptional offerings.

Le Gavroche Part I: The Restaurant

The first part of the auction, dedicated to items from the renowned restaurant, achieved a commendable total of £392,238, with every lot finding a new home. 

Among the highlights was the guestbook, a treasure trove of memories featuring signatures from illustrious visitors such as Charlie Chaplin, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and Barbra Streisand. Surpassing all expectations, the guestbook fetched an impressive £37,800, far exceeding its estimated value of £3,000-£5,000. 

Another standout lot was a private three-course meal for six guests, prepared by the legendary Michel Roux himself, which sold for £18,900. Notably, the entire proceeds from this lot will be donated to Hospitality Action, a charity supporting the hospitality industry.

Additionally, iconic pieces like the illuminated Le Gavroche restaurant sign and the 'Le Gavroche Boy' painting, steeped in history and significance, sold for £21,420, demonstrating the enduring appeal of Le Gavroche's legacy.

Some of the Items Sold in Le Gavroche Part I Auction

  1. Guestbook with over 500 signatures
  2. Private three-course meal for six guests at Christie’s King Street
  3. Illuminated Le Gavroche restaurant sign
  4. 'Le Gavroche Boy' painting

Le Gavroche Part II: The Wine Cellar

The second part of the auction, focusing on the restaurant's esteemed wine cellar, proved to be a resounding success, raking in an impressive £1,877,038. 

Featuring over 670 lots, the auction showcased a stellar selection of wines from around the world. Notable highlights included the sale of a magnificent Richebourg 1993 from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which fetched £35,000, and two magnums of Château Lafite Rothschild 1945, sold for £15,000. 

The auction also witnessed strong interest in vintage Champagnes, with magnums of Krug 1971 & 1975 realising £9,375.

Some of the Items Sold in Le Gavroche Part II Auction

  1. Richebourg 1993 from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
  2. Magnums of Château Lafite Rothschild 1945
  3. Vintage Champagnes including Krug 1971 & 1975

Wine Collecting is Incredibly Popular 

The success of the wine aspect of the auction showcases the enduring popularity of wine collecting as a hobby. With so many collectors bidding on the iconic Le Gavroche wine collection and bearing a large proportion of the value of the two-part auction. 

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Our wine merchants discover vintage wine for our clients whether that is to add to their collection or consumed at their leisure. 

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