By Chris Wright
In a bid to supplement his state pension, Sir Alex Ferguson is set to auction off the vast collection of vintage wines he assembled during his time at the helm of Manchester United – no sniggering at the back please!
The extensive collection, which numbers approximately 5,000 bottles (some of which are signed by Fergie himself), is to be flogged at Christie’s in May and is estimated to fetch around £3million according to its pre-sale valuation.
Apparently almost two thirds of Fergie’s cellar – which spans every year of his United career from 1986 until his retirement in 2013 - consists of bottles of his tipple of choice; a French burgundy by the name of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, which probably has hints of wet asphalt and gibbon enclosure on the nose with a fruity turpentine and elderflower finish, or some such nonsense.
“It’s the wine of the moment in terms of demand,” said David Elswood of Christie’s. “So hopefully that’s going to draw the attention of not just Alex Ferguson fans but wine fans too.”
According to the Guardian, Christie’s are expecting “serious interest” among Asian buyers, who have been snapping up the most expensive wines for years, with 60% of Fergie’s vino to go on sale in Hong Kong in May before the rest is flogged in the UK and online.
(Via Guardian/Photo: Luke Macgregor/Reuters)