A 17,000-bottle private wine collection including rare Burgundies and Bordeaux went on auction over the weekend and destroyed the previous record by $8 million

Westend61/Getty ImagesThe rare collection included both Burgundy and Bordeaux wines.
  • A 17,000-bottle wine collection sold for nearly $US30 million over the weekend at a Sotheby’s auction, Bloomberg reported.
  • The collection exceeded its estimated sale price by almost $US4 million.
  • The sale crushed the previous record for a private wine collection – a highly-anticipated 2016 sale totaling $US22 million – by a whopping $US8 million.

A recent Sotheby’s auction exceeded all expectations: A 17,000-bottle collection spanning nearly five decades sold for almost $US4 million more than its estimated sale price.

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, the collection sold for $US29.8 million this past weekend at the Tran-scend-ent Wines auction. Estimates leading up to the auction put the collection’s anticipated price around $US26 million. The auction took place in Hong Kong; China is quickly becoming one of the world’s largest wine markets.

The sale set a new record for the highest value private wine collection ever sold at auction, surpassing a record previously held by billionaire Bill Koch’s collection. Koch’s 20,000-bottle collection sold for almost $US22 million at a New York auction in 2016.

This latest Sotheby’s wine auction joins the ranks of other high-stakes wine auctions, where single cases have sold for as high as $US363,000.

Read more: The top 10 most expensive wines and spirits sold by Christie’s in 2018, ranked

This rare collection included “grand cru” – or first-class – Burgundies and Bordeaux from an anonymous owner. According to Bloomberg, Sotheby’s has yet to disclose the seller, though he was described as a “fifth-generation property developer.”

The past year has seen several record-shattering liquor sales, including a single bottle of 60-year-old Macallan that sold for $US1.1 million at auction. The sale set the record for the most expensive bottle of whiskey ever sold, only to be surpassed a month later by another bottle of Macallan, which sold for $US1.5 million.

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