Record prices for DRC 1945 in Drouhin cellar auction
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.