According to an article in Forbes, the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold was a 1787 Chateau Lafite that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. The wine is totally undrinkable now, 200+ years being beyond any wine’s aging potential, but with Th.J.’s initials etched in the glass, Christie’s was able to auction it off in 1985 for £105,000.
Forbes says, “The allure of these high-priced bottles of vinegar, and other wines of its ilk, is purely in the joy of collecting, not consuming.” To which I ask: What joy is there if it’s not in the consuming? I read some very good advice recently in an article about wines as (rapidly growing) investments. The last line was, “Buy wine you’d be glad to drink so you can convert your losses into gains!” I’ll drink to that.
Dramatic twist: The Guinness Book of World Records states that the bottle was purchased by a Mr. Christopher Forbes (USA), who happens to be Vice Chairman of Forbes. No mention of this in the story.