The week in pictures: Hong Kong

A 1787 Lafite purportedly owned by American president Thomas Jefferson was on display at Hong Kong Parkview, as part of the collections owned by the late property tycoon, George Wong. The dark green hand-blown glass bottle has a dark grey seal, and engravings that read, “1787 Laffite Th.J.” Bordeaux first growth Château Lafite Rothschild was previously known as Laffite, and the ‘Th.J.’ shorthand was said to be initials of Thomas Jefferson, to which American historian Lucia Goodwin at Monticello, Jefferson’s residence in Virginia, disputed. She argued that Jefferson had only used ‘T.I.’, or the in-cursive ‘TJ’ and ‘Th:J’ with a colon to mark his name, but never used or specified with ‘Th.J.’ as the cache from German music producer Hardy Rodenstock did.

One 1787 Lafite was most famously sold at a Christie’s auction in 1985 to Christopher Forbes, son of the famous publisher Malcom Forbes for £105,000 (US$156,000), a record price for the single most expensive bottle of wine. Four bottles were later sold to American oil tycoon, Bill Koch; one bottle to Marvin Shaken, publisher of Wine Spectator, one to a Middle Eastern buyer and one to American wine merchant Bill Sokolin, to name a few of the famous Jefferson bottle buyers. 

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