$304,375 bottle of white wine sets new world record
A rare six-litre bottle of 1947 French Cheval-Blanc white wine was sold to a private collector for $304,375 (€225,000) on Tuesday, setting a world record price for a single bottle.
The Imperial bottle was sold to a private collector during a sale at Christies, Geneva, smashing the auction house's estimated price of between $150,000-200,000.
"We are absolutely delighted by the result obtained by this bottle of mythical Cheval-Blanc 1947," said Christie's wine expert, Michael Ganne.
He said the sale constituted a new world record in the wine category and the "only known bottle in the Imperial format' for this Saint-Emilion vintage.
Mr Ganne, who has tasted a 1947 Cheval-Blanc, said it was "without doubt one of the greatest Bordeaux of all time, not only for its rare quality but its longevity, in that it can still be kept for another 50 years without any problem." The bottle belonged to a Swiss collector who requested anonymity.
"1947 was a very hot year, according to Mr Ganne, which made the wine of that year "very concentrated with aromas of very mature fruits".
Another collector auctioned off more than 460 bottles, including 280 Magnums and 15 Jeroboams from La Romanée-Conti, the highly prestigious Burgundy domaine, dating from 1937 to 2007.
In all 1,000 bottles were on sale for an expected €3.6m (€2.7m) price tag.
An Asian buyer recently purchased three bottles of Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild 1869 at a Hong Kong auction for $232,692 (€172,000) a bottle, described at the time as a world record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction.
In April, a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon broke the record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at a British bar, going for £50,000 (€59,000) including service charge and a tip of more than £10,000 (€11,800).
A Russian billionaire is believed to have bought the Methuselah of 1996 Rosi Gold, dubbed the "King of Champagnes", at the Westbury, the top London hotel, during a VIP after-party for the film Boogie Woogie.