Webber Auction Has Buyers Whistling Down The Wine

News   Webber Auction Has Buyers Whistling Down The Wine With the setting of Sunsets in New York and across the world, and the pre-Broadway failure of Whistle Down The Wind, 1997 has been a tough year for Andrew Lloyd Webber, but he became significantly richer -- if dryer -- after a May 20-21 auction of 18,000 wines from his world famous collection.

With the setting of Sunsets in New York and across the world, and the pre-Broadway failure of Whistle Down The Wind, 1997 has been a tough year for Andrew Lloyd Webber, but he became significantly richer -- if dryer -- after a May 20-21 auction of 18,000 wines from his world famous collection. According to the New York Times, the Sotheby's auction netted $6,056,783, more than double the original estimate. The average price was $336 a bottle. One particular "lot," dubbed the "millennium dream cellar super lot," went for nearly $400,000 to the Rio Hotel Group in Las Vegas. A lot of 1947 French Bordeaux sold for $57,730 -- averaging $4,810 a bottle.

Webber has been a wine collector since his youth and has kept his stock in good condition in private cellars in England and France.

--By David Lefkowitz

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