All Blacks legend Andy Haden’s $ 25,000 wine collection up for auction
A great rugby’s wine collection could fetch $ 25,000 in one online auction.
Andy Haden played 117 games (41 tests) for New Zealand between 1972 and 1984 and caused controversy on and off the rugby pitch.
Auction house Webb’s has secured the rights to his personal collection of 29 wines and the auction ends Monday at 8 p.m.
Haden acquired several of his wines during his All Blacks tours. He passed away in July 2020 after a long illness.
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His son Chris Haden, 39, said his father was proud of his wine collection.
“He and mom lived in France and Italy for a few seasons in the late 1970s, and I guess he developed a taste for it there,” he said.
“The collection was under the house in a cellar, almost 40+ years old, some of those bottles were there, and it just seemed like the right time to empty some of it.”
Webb’s online auction is its highest value virtual auction ever, with a total estimate of over $ 300,000.
Marcus Atkinson, responsible for fine wines and whiskeys at Webb, said Haden’s collection was an “incredible treasure” to be discovered.
“A friend of Andy’s family came up with an incredible collection of wines he had collected while playing for the All Blacks and traveling through Europe,” he said.
“He had a very good companion who advised him the best win to buy, so he seems to have chosen the best wines of that time.”
Atkinson said the highest estimate in the collection is on a Domaine de la Romanee Conti Echezeaux, between $ 3,000 and $ 4,000, and that the most intriguing is an unknown vintage Château Lafite.
Included in the sale is a special bottle of the 1978 Huapai Nobilo cabernet, which was specifically labeled for the 1981 All Blacks tour of Romania and France.
Haden made his first appearance for the All Blacks in 1972 and has captained his country eight times.
His controversial ‘diving tactic’ which secured the All Blacks victory in Wales in 1978 has become a major talking point in his career.