Top 10 most expensive wines sold at auction

19th May, 2014 by Lauren Eads

6. Chateau Lafite 1787 – £92,000 ($156,450)

Also known as The Billionaire’s Vinegar, this bottle of 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux was allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson and sold for $156,000 at auction in 1985. But despite its sale being completed more than 20 years ago, debate over its authenticity still continues today. It was bought by publisher Malcolm Forbes and had the initials ThJ, believed to be those of the former President Thomas Jefferson, etched in the glass. However, its authenticity has been the subject of speculation, with experts split on the matter, so much so that it’s origins became the subject of bestselling book The Billionaire’s Vinegarwhich tells the story of this mysterious wine through experts and those closest to its sale.


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3 Responses to “Top 10 most expensive wines sold at auction”

  1. ken gargett says:

    that looks nothing like the bottles they recovered and is not even a champagne bottle??

  2. Anthony Rose says:

    ow’s about the case of 1978 Romanée-Conti that went under the hammer at Christie’s HK 22 – 24 November 2013 for £295,838?

  3. Anthony Rose says:

    Question to The Drinks Business: Is Massandra’s Sherry de la Frontera 1775 in fact a sherry?

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