Prince Robert of Luxembourg Puts Private Cellar up for Auction

Wines from Château Haut-Brion 

Photo provided

Châteaux Haut-Brion 

Wines from Château Haut-Brion 

Photo provided

It's being billed as one of the biggest charity auctions of its kind ever staged. The personal wine cellars of Prince Robert of Luxembourg, supplemented by donations from his family and friends, will be auctioned at a Sotheby’s sale on May 21 in New York.

The collection, which comprises more than 4,200 bottles including some in rare, large format, is expected to reap more than $2.8 million.

The wines from top-tier châteaux, including Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion, d’Yquem, Cheval Blanc, Lafite, Mouton Rothschild date back to 1906.

"Outside the annual Hospices de Beaune sale – the world’s oldest and most renowned charity wine auction – this is the largest quantity and highest value of wines that come directly from storage in château cellars, ever to be offered in a charity wine auction," Sotheby's said in a statement.

The sale is to raise awareness and funds for The PolG Foundation, established by Prince Robert and his wife, Princess Julie, to find treatments and a cure for mitochondrial diseases. The couple’s youngest son, Frederik, was diagnosed with the disease in 2016.

Prince Robert said: “This truly historic sale provides the most wonderful springboard for us to face this challenge and aim to seize the opportunity of uncovering a cure for PolG.”

For more information, visit Sotheby’s website.