New York Two-Day Sale Series Achieves 15% over the High Estimate

The two day wine sale achieved a total of US$ 2.58 million, 15% above the high estimate of US$2.23 million.

The second part of the much-anticipated sale of The elBullicellar Sold To Benefit The elBullifoundation totaled $913,605, well over the $515,300/768,250 estimate. The auction follows the 3 April sale in Hong Kong which fetched $1.8 million, bringing the overall total for the two auctions to $2.7 million, well over the combined $1.3/1.9 million estimate.

The sale appealed to a wide range of buyers, with 42% participating in a Sotheby’s wine auction for the first time.

Ferran Adrià commented: “With these sales the dream becomes a reality.”

Top Lot: 4 bottles Romanée Conti 2004, signed by Ferran Adrià and Juli Soler, sold for $52,062, double the high estimate of $27,500.

Most sought after lot: Dinner for Four with Ferran Adrià was hotly contested by eight bidders, selling to an online bidder for $36,750 (the opening bid was $5,000).

Today’s sale totaled $1,666,245, again well over the $1,042,750/1,465,800 estimate, bringing the overall total for the two consecutive auctions to $2.6 million, well over the combined $1.6/2.2 million estimate.

The two top lots:

  • 1 double magnum (3L) Cheval Blanc 1947 sold for $116,375 against estimates of $60,000/90,000
  • 6 magnums Lafleur 1982 sold for $67,375 against estimates of $45,000/65,000

Take advantage of the strength of the wine market: we are now accepting consignments for our Fall sales in New York, Hong Kong and London – if you are interested in receiving a complimentary valuation of your wine collection, please contact our specialists: Jamie Ritchie,Duncan Sterling, Benjamin Bradford and Connor Kriegel.

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A four-bedroom three-and-a-half-bath neo-Classical-style house with a one-bedroom one-bath garage apartment


$925,000 (just reduced from $975,000)


4,158 square feet




This 1952 house is in a residential pocket of Buckhead, a mixed-use section of northern Atlanta. Neighbors range from small 1950s structures to large newer homes built on teardown sites, most of them tucked away on wooded lots. The Lenox Square mall, a large shopping center, is a quarter-mile away. Chastain Park, also nearby, has a golf course, tennis courts, pool, ball fields, horseback riding trails and an amphitheater where the city orchestra plays. Downtown Atlanta is 10 miles away.


The house is spread over a single story, with a finished attic repurposed as the master suite. Through the front door, a foyer with a checkered marble floor opens to formal dining and living rooms, both with fireplaces. Neo-Classical details include an arched entryway to the living room, columns in the doorway to the dining room, and ornate mantels and molding. The house also has a family room and a study. Kitchen appliances were updated within the past 10 years.

Three of the bedrooms are clustered at one end; one of them opens to the back porch. The attic master suite has double closets, and a bathroom with a tub and a shower. Over the four-car garage is a unit with a bedroom, a bath, and an office with a fireplace.


Almost an acre, with a large flat yard off the family room. Current owners added an outdoor kitchen and grill.


$13,177 a year


Kathy Chapman and Mary Cobb Stone, Harry Norman Realtors (404) 388-9577, (404) 226-0942;



A four-bedroom two-bath house on 150 acres




4,200 square feet




This property, on 154 acres in New Lebanon, west of the New York-Massachusetts border, has forest, meadow, mountain and stream. The Berkshires region, nearby, is known for its arts and outdoors attractions — cultural centers like Mass MoCA and Tanglewood, and areas of wilderness where visitors ski and hike. The listing agent describes New Lebanon, population about 2,300, as a rural arts community with a handful of specialty shops; the nearest commercial center is in Albany, the state capital, about 30 minutes away.


The house was built in 1790. Original details include wide-plank chestnut floors, wood-beam ceilings, joists and mantels. A renovation about 15 years ago added a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. In addition to formal living and dining rooms, the first floor has a library and a sunroom.

Three bedrooms are on the second floor, including the master, which has a fireplace and wall of built-in drawers and cabinets. The fourth bedroom is in what was originally the attic. Among the property’s outbuildings are a barn with wood-beamed ceilings and a small log cabin in the middle of the woods, built by a former owner so he could compose on his piano in isolation.


The house has a pool and a patio. Outbuildings include a barn and a small cabin. There are five distinct gardens, as well as grapevines, blueberry bushes and an assortment of fruit trees, including peach. There is also a stream running down from the top of a hill.


$19,694 a year


Evan Spero, Select Sotheby’s International Realty (518) 929-9000;



A four-bedroom two-and-a-half-bath cabin




3,540 square feet




Wilson, at the base of the Teton range, is a community of about 1,500 surrounded by national forest and parkland, including Yellowstone. Jackson, famous in part for its cluster of ski resorts, is 10 minutes away, across the Snake River. This house is on Wilson’s main street, a block from the town community center (in a 1931 schoolhouse), a medical clinic, a convenience store, a wood-paneled bar, and Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, which won an award from the James Beard Foundation in 2012.


This two-story cabin was built in 1948 and renovated in 2011. In addition to the master and one other bedroom, the first floor has an open-plan dining, kitchen and living area with hardwood floors, and sliding glass doors to the yard. A glass-sided staircase leads up to the remaining two bedrooms.

What was probably once an attached garage has been converted to a large playroom.


A half-acre lot with mountain views


$3,827.61 a year


Tom Evans, Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty / Tom Evans Real Estate (307) 739-8149;

Lakeside Vacations That Have It All



Lavaux Vineyards at Lake Geneva, Switzerland (Photo: iStockphoto)

It’s the shimmer of the water, catching shadows from the surrounding trees. It’s the opportunity for discovery—perhaps a hidden cave at water’s edge, or maybe a fabulous waterfront nightclub—it all depends on what you want. It’s a way to play where Hollywood superstars vacation, or to be stone alone deep in the wilderness.

Whatever your vacation dream is, click through this slideshow to find a lakeside vacation for you.
Lac Léman, France/Lake Geneva, Switzerland
For: A two-country experience paired with fine wine

Call it Lac Léman in free-wheeling France. Rename it Lake Geneva when you are in prim and pretty Switzerland. Either way, you will see lovely scenery. This crescent lake is backed by towering snow-capped Alps and fronted by pretty vineyards (including the historic Lavaux Vineyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Don’t miss the thousand-year-old Chateau de Chillon, rich in history. Go out on a CGN boat for great photos. Perhaps treat yourself to a night in the five-star Beau Rivage Hotel overlooking the lake in pretty Lausanne, Switzerland, and dine at its Michelin two-star restaurant, Anne-Sophie Pic.

Next: Relax where the Midwestern magnates used to go in Wisconsin.


Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
For relaxing away from it all

A favorite retreat for residents of the Midwestern cities, including folks whose last names were Wrigley and Schwinn and Maytag, Lake Geneva also welcomes non-billionaires to its pretty shores. Book rooms in the lovely Abbey, which combines good opportunities for kids to have fun with the elegance and fine dining that will delight solo couples. Explore the shops in the village of Lake Geneva, and walk the Lake Geneva Lake Shore Path, for a glimpse of the magnates’ mansions. Kick back for some fun on the Ice Cream Social Tour aboard the old-fashioned Grand Belle of Geneva. Star gaze at Yerkes Observatory.


Lake George, New York

For: Forts and family fun

Kids love pretty Lake George, packed with all of the souvenir shops, factory outlets, and fudge stores that make vacations fun. Take the family to tour Fort William Henry, right in town. It played a pivotal role in the French and Indian War, and now it even offers spooky evening ghost tours between July 4 and Labor Day. Fort Ticonderoga, north of the lake, is another popular family stop. Those in search of a more sophisticated experience should book into the Sagamore Resort, a classic grand hotel on an island in the lake. Folks in search of true tranquility will find it on the lake’s far less developed eastern shore.

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Lake Como, Italy
Playing where celebrities play

Fly into chic Milan. Shop, or simply admire, the fabulous fashion scene, and book well ahead to catch an opera at La Scala and also reserve in advance to see da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Head out some 40 to 50 miles to Lake Como, where the beautiful people—George Clooney, for one—play. The lake’s 145-mile shoreline is dotted with fabulous villas and the occasional grand hotel. The backdrop: The snow-capped Alps. Explore Bellagio, best visited in less-busy spring or fall. Take the funicular up from town, to hike mountain trails with vast views. Treat yourself to a night at the posh Villa d’Este.



Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

For: For enjoying nature in a luxurious setting

This perfectly situated glacial lake, ringed by towering mountains topped with tall evergreens, and capped by an icy glacier that shimmers in the summer sun, is probably the loveliest place you will ever find to paddle your own canoe. Visitors get double the scenery for their money, since the glorious setting is all reflected again in the green-blue waters of the lake. Treat yourselves to a lakefront room at the classic Chateau Lake Louise. But don’t linger too long there. This is a place custom made for hiking and biking and (and in winter for skating). Drive to nearby Banff for restaurants and nightlife.



Lakes of Killarney, Ireland

For: The great outdoors combined with rich history

This lovely chain of three lakes—Lough Leane (also known as Lower Lake), Muckross Lake (sometimes called Middle Lake), and Upper Lake, in Ireland’s Black Valley—offers both natural beauty and superbly built structures. Start with a visit to lakefront Ross Castle, proudly independent into the 17th century, when it fell to Oliver Cromwell. From there, it is possible to board a boat that will take you along the 14-mile-long Chain of Lakes, for touring or fishing. Your journey will take you past a ruined abbey, under ancient stone bridges, and past waterfalls and mountain vistas, as well as 4,000-year-old copper mines.



Lake Tahoe

For: Big vistas, raw nature, and a little gambling

Postcard-perfect Lake Tahoe—the second-deepest lake in the United States—straddles the California and Nevada border at more than a mile above sea level. Summer visitors get to hike the high ski trails far above the glimmering blue-green water below, and can mountain bike up steep trails, with a return zoom down straight to the lake. Sand Harbor State Beach in Incline Village is a great place to take a dip in the chilly lake waters, or simply to chill out. In July, you can book tickets for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. And of course, you can hit the casinos on the Nevada side of the lake every day.



Lake of the Woods, Minnesota

and Manitoba and Ontario, Canada
A true wilderness experience

While many Americans (as opposed to Canadians) may not know Lake of the Woods, it is, in fact, both massive—we’re talking a 65,000-mile shoreline— and magnificent, as well as far enough off the beaten path to delight folks who really want to be alone. It also boasts an epic 14,000 islands, perfect for romantic picnics, and is a definite paradise for those who love to fish—imagine fresh bass on the grill after a hard day of play. (You can hire a guide who knows where to find the big ones.) The town of Kenora, on the north shore, has a good weekly farmers market, plus shops, galleries, and restaurants.


The Finger Lakes, New York

For: Wineries, pretty villages, and the great outdoors

Oenophiles can explore the more than 100 wineries that line the shores of these 11 long, slim Finger Lakes, created by glacial activity more than two million years ago. Wine tour maps are available, or hire Finger Lakes Winery Tours to take you around. Don’t miss the village ofSkaneateles, so pretty that Norman Rockwell might have created it. Book rooms at the nearby Mirbeau Inn and Spa, which has an excellent restaurant. Visit the Corning Glass Museum, where you may also make your own glass object. Save time to hike in Watkins Glen State Park in Ithaca, where you can climb past 19 waterfalls.



Lake Titicaca, Peru and Bolivia

For: Floating islands and rich culture

Surely one of the world’s most exotic lakes—as well as the world’s highest navigable lake, at 12,500 feet—Lake Titicaca offers rich scenery. The lake crosses the border between Peru and Bolivia, with its shores ringed by the towering Andes Mountains. Titicaca’s floating islands, built of straw, and occupied by groups of Uros Indians who live out their lives in this squishy setting, is a must visit. Larger islands include pretty Taquile (it resembles Tuscany), which boasts serious pre-Inca ruins, and is known for its handicrafts. The men knit, starting as kids, and the women do museum-quality weaving.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Malta

PARSIPPANY, N.J. and SWATAR, MALTA (April 17, 2013) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its luxury real estate services are now available in Malta with the opening of Malta Sotheby’s International Realty.
The firm, which is jointly owned by Michael, Andrew and Tony Zammit and Roger Strickland Jr., serves the high-end residential real estate market throughout the island of Malta in Southern Europe.
“Our expansion into Malta continues our commitment to providing access to the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s exclusive real estate services in key countries around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This affiliation, which strengthens our presence in Europe, offers us entrance into the exciting Maltese market. We are very pleased that our global clientele will now have access to our services in this historic and beautiful country.”
According to Michael Zammit, it is the team’s goal to deliver efficient and personalized services with professionalism and confidentiality. “Our team has the experience and local market knowledge, and now we add to that the international network of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to form a very powerful combination,” he said. “As well, the Island of Malta, renowned for its history, hospitality and Mediterranean charm, has become a prime location for foreign businesses, property investment and as a holiday destination. Investing in property here remains an attractive proposition with the Maltese market achieving strong appreciation depending on location. Lifestyle developments have quickly become the most exclusive and sought after addresses on the island. This, coupled with the various tax benefits and fiscal incentives, make our island an attractive option to either retire or relocate.”
The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 12,800 sales associates located in approximately 660 offices in 47 countries and territories worldwide. Malta Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.
About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit
David Russell
Director, International Marketing and Public Relations
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
Thorpe Hall, Fylingthorpe, YO22 4TT
United Kingdom
+44208 123 1985
Michael Zammit Joint Owner
Malta Sotheby’s International Realty
The Penthouse, Tower Business Centre,
Tower Street, Swatar
Malta. BKR 4013
+356 2010 8070

Sotheby’s International Realty Announces Exclusive Listing of the Penthouse at the Pierre Hotel

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Apr 2, 2013) – The triplex penthouse at the Pierre Hotel, located at 795 Fifth Avenue, is the exclusive listing of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., the real estate brokerage firm announced today. The 16-room residence is offered at $125 million.

“The demand for luxury and ultra-luxury residential real estate in New York remains strong and vibrant,” said Kathy Korte, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. “As the world’s financial capital, New York City continues to be a world-class destination for wealthy individuals seeking extraordinary properties like this one.”

Sotheby’s International Realty agents Elizabeth Sample, Brenda Powers and Serena Boardman with the firm’s East Side Manhattan brokerage are collaborating on the listing.

“We believe we have New York’s ‘dream team’ on this important assignment,” noted Matthew Dwyer of Boston’s Roseview Group, adviser to the owner, who selected Sotheby’s International Realty after considering other New York brokers.

“This is a residence that is truly without peer,” said Elizabeth Sample. “Enjoying all of the amenities of one of the world’s greatest hotels, the prewar residence makes a stunning statement with its spectacular views and extraordinary design.”

“Considered one of the most important properties in North America, the penthouse is nothing short of awe inspiring,” said Brenda Powers. “This elegant and sophisticated property could never be duplicated.”

The property’s 1999 sale set a record at that time for the highest sale of a privately owned Manhattan cooperative.

Located on the 41st, 42nd and 43rd floors of the renowned hotel, the French chateaux-style penthouse provides 360-degree views encompassing the city, Central Park and the Hudson and East Rivers from four terraces. The living room on the penthouse’s second floor is the Pierre’s original ballroom, accessed from a marble staircase and featuring a 23′-high curved ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, and six 20′-high French balustrade-style windows with park and city views. This floor also includes a master bedroom suite with sitting room, additional master bedroom with double-height window, paneled kitchenette and gym with stone fireplace.

The first floor of the penthouse has a large entrance hall with Versailles patterned oak flooring, foyer with Byzantine-style ceramic mosaic floor made in England, a north reception room including a wood-burning fireplace with Adam-style mantle and marble hearth, and a south reception room. The library also offers a working fireplace in addition to oak flooring with mahogany borders and English paneling. The east side of the 41st floor provides two master bedrooms, three marble baths, a granite kitchen, sitting room and living room that has a working fireplace.

The uppermost level has two master bedrooms with en-suite baths and a large sauna. The residence features a total of five master bedrooms, six full and three half baths, five working fireplaces and separate guest and staff rooms. An interior elevator accesses all three floors.

The residence also benefits from the hotel’s amenities including daily housekeeping service from two designated staff members, a bell-staff, concierge, 24-hour manned security, room service, in-residence function catering, a gym and business center.

The penthouse at the Pierre Hotel can be viewed on at:

About Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.

Sotheby’s International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby’s auction house and represents fine properties at a range of price points. Today, Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. operates brokerage offices in key metropolitan and resort markets, including Manhattan; the Hamptons; Greenwich, Conn.; Cape Cod; Palm Beach, Fla.; Los Angeles; Beverly Hills; Brentwood; Pasadena; Santa Barbara; San Francisco; Sonoma; Monterey Peninsula; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. ( is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company, and a member of the Sotheby’s International Realty® network, which currently has more than 12,800 sales associates located in approximately 660 offices in 47 countries and territories worldwide. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices.