The older the wine the better it gets. Well, the saying goes true with those who are ready to splurge millions to possess the best wines in the world. Last week, one such lot of old wines went up for sale at Christie’s New York. The 1961 Pétrus that was expected to fetch $50,000 to $90,000 finally went up for sale at $144,000. This Pétrus lot has set a world record for being the most expensive Petrus wine4s ever sold at auction. The auction was held on 29 October and has reportedly fetched around $2,105,340 from the complete sale.
Despite facing the dark clouds of recession and a decline in world economy, the wines at the auction were sold for much higher prices than the pre sale estimations. The entire lot of Petrus wine was sold at 150% above the estimate which shows that rich wine connoisseurs are all set for festive season. Apart from the top lot, 11 bottles of 1961 Pétrus was sold for $90,000 to a European buyer. Another case of Lafite 1982 was sold to an Asian collector for $50,400.
Wine specialist with Christie’s Americas Charles Antin said, "The sale of fine and rare wines at Christie’s New York this past weekend has once again demonstrated the extraordinary strength of the wine auction market, with the sale realising over $2 million. Leading the sale was a 12 bottle lot of the 1961 Pétrus, which realised $144,000 – the highest price on record for a case of Pétrus at auction."
Earlier, a dozen of Pétrus vintage 1961 bottles were sold at Christie’s. The estimated price of this lot was $35,002 - $44,548 and fetched $37,604. The tasting note of the bottle said, "Deservedly one of the consistently brilliant super stars of the saleroom. Deep, full, fleshy with silky Pomerol texture; packed with fruit and generosity.”
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