Ferguson wine auctioned for £2.2m

Romsey Advertiser: Sir Alex Ferguson is known for his good taste in wine Sir Alex Ferguson is known for his good taste in wine

Part of the wine collection of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been sold for more than £2.2 million at auction.

The wines were offered at a sale in Hong Kong in the first of three auctions and fetched a sale total of £2,269,065.

A total of 257 lots were offered and 229 lots were sold, Christie's said. The auction house was not able to confirm the total number of bottles sold.

The top lot was one Methuselah - equivalent to eight bottles - of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Vintage 1997 which realised £94,815. This lot included a card signed "Best Wishes Alex Ferguson".

The top ten lots were bought by private Asian buyers, Christie's said.

The second lot in the top ten consisted of six bottles of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Romanee Conti Vintage 1999 - the year Sir Alex won the Champions League with Manchester United - which went for £85,334.

This lot included a Manchester United Retro Champions League shirt from 1999 signed "Best Wishes Alex Ferguson".

Further sales will take place in London on June 5 and online from June 9 to 23.

Before today's sale they were expected to raise a total of more than £3 million - but that was before the first sale raised well over half that.

Sir Alex is known for his good taste in wine. When he was in charge at Old Trafford he was said to enjoy a post-match glass with even the fiercest of rivals.

He said: ''I am pleased to be working with Christie's to share one of my life's pleasures. My interest in wine began during a scouting trip in France and, over time, my enjoyment of discovery and collecting grew.

''The importance of collecting wine was that it served as a distraction and gave me a balance in my life that helped me in dealing with the intensity and demands required of me as the manager of Manchester United.

''In retirement, I now have the time to visit the places and people that will feed my passion, so I felt it made sense to release a large number of the wines I had collected over the years. I hope many will enjoy exploring my collection.''

David Elswood, head of wine, Christie's, said: "A very strong combination of bidding from both wine lovers and fans of Sir Alex Ferguson CBE has resulted in an excellent sale total for today's auction, particularly for the wines of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.

"Chinese buyers continued to dominate in this sale and showed great enthusiasm, especially for the rarest wines of Burgundy, combined with some unique signed memorabilia from Sir Alex."

All sold prices include buyer's premium.

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12:14pm Sat 24 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Why doesn't he start a vineyard in his retirement?

It would probably be a remarkable wine from a vineyard run by a man of such wide-ranging practical intelligence.
Why doesn't he start a vineyard in his retirement? It would probably be a remarkable wine from a vineyard run by a man of such wide-ranging practical intelligence. Undercover Euro Yob
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2:08pm Sat 24 May 14

JustinBiebersMonkey says...

The once highly regarded offering "Chateau d. Moyes, 2013" failed to reach its reservation price and was unceremoniously dropped from the auction, Reuters spokesmen reported...
The once highly regarded offering "Chateau d. Moyes, 2013" failed to reach its reservation price and was unceremoniously dropped from the auction, Reuters spokesmen reported... JustinBiebersMonkey
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2:19pm Sat 24 May 14

JustinBiebersMonkey says...

Experts were divided on the reasons behind the dropping of "Chateau d Moyes 2013". Red wine experts were citing an insipid flavour more redolent of white than red wine, others saying it was slow to "open up"/ reluctant to give of its best, and "unapproachable in its youth", with many years likely needed for it to reach potential, probably the year 2025. Probably in Preston.
In a second auction failure, the obscure garage wine "Chateau Giggs, 2014" proved to have been overblown and oxidised, and has been bought up by the Van Gaal wholesaling business for catering purposes
Experts were divided on the reasons behind the dropping of "Chateau d Moyes 2013". Red wine experts were citing an insipid flavour more redolent of white than red wine, others saying it was slow to "open up"/ reluctant to give of its best, and "unapproachable in its youth", with many years likely needed for it to reach potential, probably the year 2025. Probably in Preston. In a second auction failure, the obscure garage wine "Chateau Giggs, 2014" proved to have been overblown and oxidised, and has been bought up by the Van Gaal wholesaling business for catering purposes JustinBiebersMonkey
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7:23pm Sat 24 May 14

Legal Beagle says...

And the buyers will probably mix it with Coke.
And the buyers will probably mix it with Coke. Legal Beagle
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11:43pm Sat 24 May 14

Small Town says...

To be fair I've never had the slightest bit of time for bullying whiskey-nosed foreign football managers who come to the Premier League and take jobs preventing young English managers getting the opportunity, however...

Slur Alex does seem to have done the decent thing here and sold the wine he's been gifted from opposing managers and given the proceeds to charity.

Christies Hospital in Manchester is a superbly worthy cause, Taggart I take my hat off to you.
To be fair I've never had the slightest bit of time for bullying whiskey-nosed foreign football managers who come to the Premier League and take jobs preventing young English managers getting the opportunity, however... Slur Alex does seem to have done the decent thing here and sold the wine he's been gifted from opposing managers and given the proceeds to charity. Christies Hospital in Manchester is a superbly worthy cause, Taggart I take my hat off to you. Small Town
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