Christie's First Wine Auction Raised $800,000

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The biggest seller, a case of Chateau Lafite 1982, sold for more than $40,000
$40,000 Lafite 1982

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This Chateau Mouton-Rothschild went for more than $16,000 in Christie's auction.

Christie's Auction House made news this summer when it announced its first online wine auction, and the online auction has raised a ton of money — more than $800,000.

The biggest seller was a case of the 1982 Chateau Lafite vintage, reports Businessweek. The vintage (known for being one of the best of the 20th century) sold for an unbelievable $40,000, reportedly to an Asian buyer. Other expensive sellers were two lots of 2000 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild for $16,940, and 12 bottles of 1982 Chateau Latour fetched $21,780. 

Sources told Businessweek that buyers came from 21 countries, but that the biggest buyers were from Asia and Brazil. But next time, the auction house will mix up the sellers a bit: Per Holmberg, head of wine at Christie’s New York, said, "This sale was heavy on Bordeaux... Next time we are going to mix it up. We are consciously trying to get more Burgundy." So if you have a few thousand to spare on wine, be sure to keep track of Christie's. 

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