Sold! Cheval Blanc sells at auction for $304,375 – a world record
on 16/11/10 at 11:36 pmWine
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.