Singapore doctor's wine collection nets $4.9m at HK auction
A leading Singapore wine lover's collection has fetched far higher than expected prices when he auctioned off a part of it.
The rare wine sale at auction house Christie's Hong Kong last month netted HK$29.8 million (S$4.9 million), much more than Christie's estimate of HK$21 million.
Auctions of single-owner wine collections are rare. That single owner, leading kidney specialist Gordon Ku, said he had been collecting wines for more than 40 years.
In an interview with Christie's on its website, Mr Ku said that he was introduced to wine in his late teens "when (his) elder brother, who was studying in Britain, introduced wine to the family".
The fact that I am a doctor is coincidental, but wine does have some medicinal value, as known from even mediaeval days.
- Dr Gordon Ku