$42,350 Bottle of Wine
Lloyd Flatt had accumulated a distinguished collection of wine before his death in January 2008. He began collecting in the 1960’s and amassed over 15,000 bottles, a good number of them being first-growth Bordeaux.
A number of his wines were recently sold at auction at Sotheby’s New York at more than double the presale estimate. 1,500 bottles of Flatt’s wine sold for a total of $1.8 million, the highest bidder being a six-liter Methuselah of Romanee Conti 1976 which sold for $42,350.
Flatt was not afraid of uncorking a bottle of wine. He stressed that wine was a consumable product to be enjoyed and he was never shy about opening wine from his collection.