Sold! Cheval Blanc sells at auction for $304,375 – a world record

on 16/11/10 at 11:36 pm

Wine

A man makes a bid during the fine wine auction at Christie's in Geneva, Nov. 16, 2010. (Credit: Reuters/Valentin Flauraud)

An imperial-size bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947, a rare Bordeaux find discovered in the secret cellar of a great wine collector, sold for $304,375 on Tuesday — a world record for a single bottle at auction, Christie’s said.

Equivalent to eight standard bottles of wine (6 liters), and snapped up by an anonymous collector, it was the star lot at a sale of 1,000 items, doubling the low end of its pre-sale estimate.

But gulp for gulp, it did not match the HK$1.8 million ($232,000) per standard bottle achieved by a Chateau Lafite-Rothschild vintage 1869 sold last month by rival Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, a spokesman said.

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