Rare wine auctioned at Sotheby's breaks record for most expensive ever sold

  • Rare wine auctioned at Sotheby's breaks record for most expensive ever sold

Rare wine auctioned at Sotheby's breaks record for most expensive ever sold

A bottle of 1945 Romanée-Conti wine fetched a record-breaking $558,000 at a Sotheby's auction in NY today, at which two bottles broke the previous record.

"The world auction record for a single bottle of wine of any size, established by Sotheby's NY in 2007, has stood for more than 10 years, and it was a privilege to top our previous success twice in one sale".

A bottle of rare Burgundy wine has sold for a record-breaking £424,000 - 17 times more than its estimate.

It is produced in the Cote de Nuits region in a vineyard spanning less than four acres (two hectares) and producing fewer than 6,000 bottles per year.

The two bottles from 1945, which Sotheby's described as "rare and wonderful", also broke the previous record for a standard-sized wine bottle, which was $233,000 bottle sold in Hong Kong in 2010.

A few minutes after the global record-breaking bottle was sold, another 1945 Romanee-Conti went under the hammer, also at Sotheby's in NY, for $698,000.

But the record for any size is $310,700 for a three-litre 1945 Mouton-Rothschild in 2007.

Saturday's lots came from the personal collection of Robert Drouhin, who from 1957 to 2003 directed wine producer Maison Joseph Drouhin, one of Burgundy's most prominent.

In another record-breaking sale later in the auction, The Macallan 1926 whisky sold for $843,200 (£641,000), the highest price Sotheby's has achieved for a single spirit.

Founded in 1924, The Macallan distillery, of Carigellachie, northern Scotland, produced just 40 such bottles in 1986.