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J.F.K. Bottles Sold at Auction


Peter D. Meltzer
Posted: April 10, 2000

Four rare clarets from President John F. Kennedy's collection fetched $6,555 at a Zachys-Christie's auction in New York on April 7.

The original collection, which was cellared by Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel exclusively for the president, consisted of 55 cases of fine Bordeaux, Burgundy and California varietals. It was purchased at auction in 1971 by Friday's consignor, the Santo Family Group, owners of Manhattan's Little Dove and Arizona 206 restaurants.

The Zachys-Christie's consignment consisted of one bottle each of Chbteau Lafite Rothschild 1874 and 1949 and Chbteau Cos-d'Estournel 1928, and a half-bottle of Chbteau Latour 1959. Although the wines did not generate the bidding frenzy witnessed when a set of golf clubs belonging to J.F.K. sold for more than 1,000 times their estimate at a 1996 Sotheby's auction, they topped presale predictions by 60 percent.

The Santo Family Group donated the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.

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