In an article titled ‘Buyer beware’ wine collectors in fraud probe say (7 March 2007) we said that three bottles of 18th century wine that William Koch is alleging are fakes, and which are the subject of a lawsuit that Koch has brought against collector Hardy Rodenstock, were bought by him from Christie's between 1985 and 1987.
While Christie’s did sell three bottles of 18th century wine on behalf of their client, collector Hardy Rodenstock – a 1787 Lafite, a 1784 Château d’Yquem, and a half-bottle of 1784 Château Margaux – they were not bought by Koch.
Koch’s bottles were bought from an entirely different source.
However, Koch does allege that he found one bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite, which Christie’s sold to Malcolm Forbes in 1985, to be fraudulent after the Forbes company allowed his engraving experts to test it.
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