"Bidding is five thousand nine hundred for a bottle of Côte de Nuits Grand Cru 1976 from Domaine Romanée-Conti.... ...once... ...twice, and six thousand is bid... going once... ...twice... and third! Lot 609 goes to number 245." I sit in the second row for six hours until lot 1096 is also called. It has found no buyer. Even the gradual lowering of the call price (Dutch auctioning) - down to 10 francs - has brought no bid. A guttural mood, the battle has been fought. A lot of money has been transacted in the past six hours. Several hundred thousand francs, even a million, I haven't done the math. In any case, it was less than at the last auctions. Business is faltering, things aren't moving so briskly anymore.