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most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction was offered at Christie’s in London, on December 5, 1985.
Upon his return to America, he continued to order large quantities of Bordeaux for himself and for George Washington, and stipulated in one 1790 letter that their respective shipments should be marked with their initials.
During his first term as President, Jefferson spent seventy-five hundred dollars—roughly a hundred and twenty thousand dollars in today’s currency—on wine, and he is generally regarded as America’s first great wine connoisseur.
“Because it’s the best-tasting form of alcohol in the world,” he said.That was 1983; he made a reported five hundred and fifty million dollars on the sale.At that point, he decided he would build a world-class wine collection.He talks about “dropping a subpoena” on people as if he were lobbing a grenade.
Fine-wine fraud was almost unheard of when Koch bought his four bottles of Th. Bordeaux, and the only assurance he demanded was that they came from the same collection that Broadbent had authenticated.The bottle was handblown dark-green glass and capped with a nubby seal of thick black wax.