Jamie joined Sotheby’s in London in 1990 and moved to New York in 1995. Since then, he has been responsible for starting Sotheby’s wine auctions in New York in 1994 and Hong Kong in 2009. He launched Sotheby’s Wine, a retail store and online wine business, in New York in 2010 and Hong Kong in 2014. Jamie is one of the world’s leading wine auctioneers, selling many lots for world record prices. He frequently travels to taste wines, donate his services to benefit auctions and lead tastings around the world. He is a respected authority on the wine market, frequently appearing on television and is regularly featured in major news publications.
Mr. Ritchie has been a leading Sotheby’s auctioneer for many extraordinary and record breaking auctions such as The Andrew Lloyd Webber Wine Collection (1997, US$6 million and 2010, US$6 million), The Millennium Wine Cellar (1999, US$14 million), Château Mouton Rothschild: Treasures from the Private Cellar of Baroness Philippine (2007, US$2 million), The Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector, auctions I through VI (2009 and 2010 US$34 million), and Lafite Ex Cellars (2010, US$8 million) Mr. Ritchie has sold the following world record lots:
• 3 bottles of Château Lafite 1869 for $232,692 each in October 2010, a world record for a single standard sized bottle at auction.
• A Jeroboam of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 in February 2007 for US$310,700, the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction.
• 50 cases of Château Mouton Rothschild 1982, which brought US$1.05 million in November 2006 and is the highest value lot of wine ever sold at auction