While we’ve been focused on rare, expensive whisky selling for millions, two bottles of wine shattered the world record for the most expensive bottle of wine of any size ever sold.
The sale happened at a Sotheby’s auction in New York last week. Two bottles of Romanée Conti 1945 were sold for a record-smashing $558,000 and $496,000, respectably. Each bottle was estimated at a high price of $32,000, which means the $558,000 bottle sold for more than 17 times its expected value.
The wines were sold as part of a rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti white-glove auction. The collection emerged from the personal cellar of Robert Drouhin, who was head of Joseph Drouhin Winery from 1957 to 2003. Sales from the auction totaled $7.3 million.
In addition to the record-breaking bottles, three bottles of Romanée Conti 1937 each sold for $310,000, while three bottles of La Tâche 1945 each sold for $99,200. Another trio of La Tâche sold for $82,600 per bottle.