Record prices for DRC 1945 in Drouhin cel­lar auc­tion

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The world record for the most ex­pen­sive bot­tle of wine sold at auc­tion was smashed twice when two bot­tles of Do­maine de la Ro­manée- Conti 1945 fetched US$558,000 and $ 496,000 re­spec­tively at a Sotheby’s sale in New York on 13 Oc­to­ber 2018.

Two of only 600 pro­duced by DRC in 1945, after which the cel­e­brated vine­yard was up­rooted, the bot­tles were from the per­sonal cel­lar of Robert Drouhin, pa­tri­arch of Mai­son Joseph Drouhin. They had been ex­pected to achieve a ham­mer price of $22,000-$32,000 each, but con­founded ex­pec­ta­tions by eas­ily sur­pass­ing the pre­vi­ous auc­tion record, set more than a decade pre­vi­ously.

The 100-lot auc­tion in­cluded vin­tages from 1937 to 1964 of DRC wines from Drouhin’s cel­lar, fetch­ing $7.3m, more than five times its high es­ti­mate.

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