Sir Alex Ferguson’s Wine Collection to Raise £3m at Auction
After retiring as Manchester United manager in spring of 2014 you might have thought Sir Alex was ready to really begin making the most of his 5000 strong collection of vintage wines. However, Britain’s most successful football manager, well known for sharing a glass of plonk with his opposition number after games, has decided to sell his collection at London auction house Christie’s.
The collection is said to be worth three million pounds and began when Ferguson took a trip to France in the early 90s and found the perfect way to relieve the stresses of life as a top-flight manager. Over 60% of the wine is Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, a French Burgundy, which is expected to sell well, other wines include Château Pétrus and Tuscany’s Sassicaia.
A third of the cellar will be sold in London with the rest to go under the hammer in Hong Kong and through online sales. The collection is highly valuable even without a global figure like Sir Alex behind the sale, but should draw extra attention with his name attached. Ferguson has previous history in investments as a co-owner of champion racehorse Rock of Gibraltar, a deal that led to controversy involving both the stud rights and ownership of Manchester United Football Club.
Auctions will begin in May and more information is available on the Christie’s website.