William Koch Cellar. Photo: Sotheby's
Ten bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 from the cellar of billionaire William Koch sold for $343,000 at Sotheby's in New York, equivalent to $34,300 each and more than double their presale estimate, in a sign collectors and investors will pay a significant premium for provenance and condition.
Sotheby's said the three-day sale raised $21.9 million, a record for a wine collection sold at auction. All 2,729 lots comprising 20,000 bottles were sold, with leading wines including six magnums of Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux 1989 Henri Jayer, which fetched $171,500, and a six-liter methuselah of Romanee Conti 1991 Domaine de la Romanee Conti, sold for $159,250.
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