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Saturday 29 April 2017

Best cellar: Chris breaks wine record

Chris de Burgh with some of his expensive wines
Chris de Burgh with some of his expensive wines

Shane Hickey

SINGER Chris de Burgh has made almost €400,000 by selling off part of his wine collection -- and all because he prefers to drink white. A sale of more than 400 mainly red bottles from the crooner's basement yesterday brought in €392,571 from bidders around the world.

The sale in London from his extensive cellar, which he started in the 1980s, netted almost double what auctioneers Christie's expected to pull in.

And amongst the sale came a world record, after one Asian bidder spent €178,000 for 62 magnums -- each 1.5 litres -- of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, a bottle from each year between 1945 and 2005.

The extensive sell-off of just some of De Burgh's collection came after he admitted that he, his wife Diane and daughter Rosanna Davison, prefer to drink white instead of red.

It was originally anticipated that the 41 lots, which comprised 320 bottles and 84 magnums, would bring in €227,000.

However, the final tally reached almost twice the estimate, which a spokesperson for Christie's attributed in part to his celebrity status.

Most of the wine sold by De Burgh was in 12-bottle cases, the cheapest of which -- a 1989 Chateau Ducru-Beaucailou -- went for €850.

Now, he says he will be looking at refilling the empty shelves in his temperature-controlled wine room.

De Burgh's passion for collecting wine started when he was a teenager when a guest in his parents' hotel asked him to try a bottle he had ordered.

Irish Independent

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