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Counterfeit Suit Targets Christie’s

Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank
Issue: June 15, 2010

William Koch has fired the latest salvo in his campaign against counterfeit wines, filing a suit in a Manhattan federal court in March against Christie's International, accusing the venerable London-based auction house of conspiracy to defraud and aiding and abetting fraud. In the complaint, Koch claims to have found witnesses who can testify that they engraved the so-called Jefferson Bordeaux, several bottles of wine uncovered by German dealer Hardy Rodenstock, who claimed the wines were ordered for Thomas Jefferson. Christie's sold three of those wines. Koch also alleges that 32 rare wines he bought from Christie's for more than $33,700 over several years are also "counterfeit or highly questionable."

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