Christie's Shatters Auction Record Twice

The legendary 1945 Mouton-Rothschild unseats DRC 1985 as most expensive case of wine
Oct 2, 2006

In the space of a few minutes, Christie's smashed the world record twice for the price of a case of wine sold at auction. At the house's inaugural evening auction in Los Angeles, held on Sept. 28, a case of the legendary Château Mouton-Rothschild 1945 sold for a staggering $290,000. The crowd barely had enough time to catch its breath before a six-magnum case of Mouton '45 was snapped up for $345,000--the equivalent of $28,750 a bottle.

The latter price is $175,000 more than the previous record holder, a six-magnum lot of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 1985 that went for $170,000 at NYWinesChristie's this past March.

Both lots went to the same anonymous buyer, who was bidding over the telephone. Richard Brierley, North American wine director for Christie's, said that there were five telephone bidders on both lots and one potential buyer in the room for the case of 750ml bottles. "In both instances, the bidding started at $55,000 and quickly rose to $85,000. All contenders remained in the bidding until $150,000, with two telephone bidders dueling it out until the end."

The previous record price for six magnums of Mouton-Rothschild 1945 was $100,300, also set in Los Angeles, in October 2005 at Zachys with Wally's. The previous record for 12 bottles of Mouton '45 was $115,500 at Zachys-Christie's in New York in February 1996. A bottle of Mouton '45 fetched $41,125--the all-time record price for a single bottle--this past May at Aulden Cellars-Sotheby's in New York.

Collecting Auctions News

You Might Also Like

Study Finds Heavy or Binge Drinking by Younger Adults a Key Factor in Alcohol-Related Deaths

Study Finds Heavy or Binge Drinking by Younger Adults a Key Factor in Alcohol-Related Deaths

Looking at Americans 20 to 64 years old, researchers link alcohol to one in five deaths, …

Nov 22, 2022
Fraud Trial Roils Bordeaux

Fraud Trial Roils Bordeaux

For several years, a group of wine professionals trucked in millions of bottles worth of …

Nov 21, 2022
Scarpetta Opens New Outpost in Tokyo

Scarpetta Opens New Outpost in Tokyo

The restaurant group’s first location in Asia is part of a larger global expansion. Plus, …

Nov 17, 2022
Late-Season Frost Wreaks Havoc on Argentina Vineyards

Late-Season Frost Wreaks Havoc on Argentina Vineyards

A mix of freezing nights and warm days harmed vines throughout the country, but winemakers …

Nov 15, 2022
‘Straight Talk’ Podcast Episode 2 Spotlights Mondavi Legacy with Exclusive Interviews

‘Straight Talk’ Podcast Episode 2 Spotlights Mondavi Legacy with Exclusive Interviews

Host James Molesworth shares never-before-heard conversations with Wine Spectator editor …

Nov 11, 2022
Exclusive: E. & J. Gallo Acquires Denner Vineyards in Paso Robles

Exclusive: E. & J. Gallo Acquires Denner Vineyards in Paso Robles

The deal includes a winery and vineyards in both the Willow Creek and Adelaida districts, a …

Nov 10, 2022