The world record breaking 1945 Romanee-Conti ( Sotheby’s )
A bottle of 1945 French wine has been sold for a record-breaking £424,000 at auction.


The Romanee-Conti – widely considered the planet’s finest Burgundy – was bought for 17 times its estimated worth at Sotheby’s in New York on Saturday.

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It smashed the world’s previous high-mark for a standard bottle: a 1869 Chateau Lafite Rothschild which sold for a comparatively inexpensive £177,000 in Hong Kong in 2010.

A few minutes after Saturday’s sale, another 1945 Romanee-Conti went for £377,000.

The wine’s vineyard may help explain its worth. It spans just four acres in the Cote de Nuits region, with no more than 6,000 bottles produced each year.


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