Top 10 most expensive wines sold at auction

5. Château Margaux 1787 — £133,000 ($225,000)

Chateau-Margaux-1787

Not so much a sale, as an unfortunate insurance claim, but an interesting tale to include in our list nonetheless. In 1989 New York wine merchant, William Sokolin, valued a 1987 bottle of Château Margaux, also from Thomas Jefferson’s collection, at $500,000. But before the collector could test his valuation on the market disaster struck. Having taken the bottle with him to the Four Seasons for dinner one evening, a waiter knocked it over smashing it to pieces. Insurers later paid out $225,000, making it the most expensive bottle never sold.

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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