One milllllyun dollars, as Dr. Evil would say. That was the goal for the auction of Charlie Trotter’s wine collection in both its traditional auction form (held last week at Christie’s in New York) and the online auction running now. But as it turned out, the first half nearly got there on its own, even with some of the best wine having vanished along the way. 349 of 357 lots in the live auction were sold, bringing in $918,027. The highest prices were all from the highly-prized Romanée-Conti appellation in Burgundy, including a 4-bottle lot of 1986 Richebourg which realized $29,040, a methuselah (an oversize bottle holding the equivalent of eight standard bottles) of 1996 La Tache from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti which took in $22,990, and another 1997 case of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti which took in $20,570.
Previously: Legendary Sommelier Larry Stone on Charlie Trotter’s Wine Collection (Which He Built)