The Top 5 Most Expensive Bottles of Wine Sold at Auction

Borro sees fine wine as an investment and provides loans against the secondary market value of such wines. In the spirit of this, we’ve compiled a list of the top five most expensive bottles of wine that have been sold at auction.

5) 1869 Chateau Lafite’s – £178,000

Top 5 Most Expensive Bottles of Wine - 1869 Chateau Lafite's
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Starting our list is this 1869 Chateau Lafite’s has become the world’s most expensive standard sized bottle of wine to ever be sold. The wine was sold in 2010 in Hong Kong by Sotheby’s for £178,000.

4) Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1990 – £207,000

Top 5 Most Expensive Bottles of Wine - Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1990
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In 2016, these 5 bottles of Romanée-Conti sold for nearly twice their auction estimate. They were sold at auction by Christie’s for £207,000 in Hong Kong.

3) 1907 Heidsieck Champagne – £213,000

Top 5 Most Expensive Bottles of Wine - 1907 Heidsieck Champagne
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This wine has had a bit of an adventure.  In 1998, several thousand bottles of it were rescued after 80 years of being at the bottom of the sea in a torpedoed World War I ship. The bottles have since been sold at several auctions for £213,000 each.

2) 1947 Cheval Blanc – £235,000

Top 5 Most Expensive Bottles of Wine - 1947 Cheval Blanc
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In 2010, this bottle of wine won the title for the most expensive single bottle of wine to ever be sold at auction. It was sold to a private collector in Geneva by Christie’s for £235,000

1) 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet – £387,000

Top 5 Most Expensive Bottles of Wine - 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet
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In 2000 a six litre bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet became the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction. It was sold at a charity wine auction in Napa for £387,000.

That concludes our list of the top five most expensive bottles of wine sold at auction. If you have some fine wine and are looking to raise funds against it, head to the Borro website to find out how we can help.

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About the Author:

Maryke wrote about luxury asset trends for Borro Private Finance.