Napa and Sotbeby's Wine Auctions
Sotheby's Finest and Rarest Wines Auction just concluded, netting a total of over $2.5 million, which averaged out to be about $2000 per bottle. At first glance, that sounds less impressive than the $8.4 million raised at the Napa Valley auction, which took place last week, until you take into consideration the fact that their total includes entry fees and that most of the wines were packaged in sets or with other goodies, including iPods and trips to Europe. The most expensive single lot sold for $1.05 million and included 5 large format bottles and a trip to France hosted by the Staglins of Staglin Family Vineyards.
The tickets at Sotheby's did not fit into the "gift basket" format, though there were several combined lots. The most expensive buys included bottles of Chateau Petrus 2000 ($16,132) and Heitz Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha's Vineyard 1974 ($13,145).
Don't expect to see these on any wine lists at your local restaurants - even if you live in Las Vegas or New York, where you are much more likely to see over-the-top wine lists. If the restaurant does have them, you can bet that it'll be on special request - and with a credit card - that they choose to part with them.