Part des Anges auction sells rare cognacs at $236,000 for charity

The eighth annual Part des Anges auction has reached a new record total at the Chateau de Brillac near Cognac, France, where it offered 27 lots of the finest cognacs on September 19.

Remy Martin Louis VII Jeroboam
Each Remy Martin Louis XIII jeroboam carries four times the amount of a normal decanter and is a unique work of art, created by one of nine crystal masters from La Cristallerie de Sevres

The auction raised $235,900, with the majority of the profits benefiting the French Red Cross. The total is a 27.7% increase on last year's realisation of $187,323.

Taking the title of top lot was a three-litre jeroboam of Remy Martin Louis XIII, which sold for $43,300 - the highest price ever achieved at the Part des Anges auction.

The previous record was held by a Martell Cordon Bleu 100th Anniversary, which saw $28,382 in 2012.

Following this was a fine decanter of Hennessey Carafe 1900, which sold for $27,030, joined by the Hardy le Printemps Lalique decanter, numbered 000 in a limited edition of 401, which made $17,570.

Prince hubert de Polignac cognac
The auction hoped to capitalise on the strong Chinese market, describing the trunk as 'a timely treasure ahead of the Chinese year of the horse'

Also selling well was the superb Prince Hubert de Polignac Knight Trunk, which contained not only a blend of very old cognacs, but also an array of accessories for horse riding. One of only two created, it sold for $13,515.

While the most prestigious names attracted the highest bids in the sale, the lower end items in the sale also proved extremely popular, with several attaining huge gains on estimate. The Frapin Raisins d'Or sold for $12,163, doubling its $6,081 valuation.

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