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A bottle of fine French wine from 1945 earns a record $ 558,000 at auction

A bottle of Romanée-Conti wine from 1945 today brought a record $ 558,000 at an auction at Sotheby's in New York, with two bottles breaking the previous record.

The final price, including taxes and commissions, was 17 times the auction's $ 32,000 upper estimate for fine French wine.

Romanée-Conti is considered the best Burgundy wine and is one of the most renowned producers in the world.

Its domain, in the Côte de Nuits region, covers less than four hectares and produces between 5,000 and 6,000 bottles a year.

The bottle is one of 600 produced in 1945 just before the vines were planted for replanting.

A few minutes after Saturday's sale, another Romanée-Conti from 1945 was sold for $ 496,000.

The previous record for a standard wine bottle was held by a Château Lafite Rothschild from 1869, which was sold in Hong Kong in 2010 for $ 233,000.

But of all sizes, a $ 310,700 three-liter 1945 Mouton Rothschild raised the previous record at a 2007 auction in New York.

Saturdays are from the personal collection of Robert Drouhin, who directed one of Burgundy's most famous winemakers, Maison Joseph Drouhin, from 1957 to 2003.

Elsewhere at the auction, a bottle of 60-year-old Scotch whiskey in 1926 fetched $ 843,200 – not to break a $ 1.2 million record in October.

The Macallan distillery from Carigellachie, northern Scotland, was founded in 1924 and produced only 40 such bottles in 1986. In contrast to wine, the whiskey stops after filling to mature.

Twelve of them, including those sold on Saturday, had labels illustrated by Peter Blake, who designed the album cover of Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Three of the 1926 whiskeys – one with Blake's illustrations and two more with works by Italian Valerio Adami – raised more than $ 1 million in the past six months.

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