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The Jefferson Bottles case

Michael Broadbent's resounding victory in the English courts, with Random House apologising unreservedly for, and admitting the untruth of, allegations in The Billionaire's Vinegar that Broadbent had acted unprofessionally in an auction, and moreover was 'improperly' close to Hardy Rodenstock, is only the end of one chapter in the near quarter-century-long saga of the Jefferson Bottles.

We have been following the case from the beginning. Decanter magazine was there when the now-notorious Lafite 1787 was sold at Christie’s in 1985 for £105,000: still the most expensive bottle ever sold.

And decanter.com has written some 30 news articles since early 2006, when the shots were fired by William Koch first, who continues his relentless pursuit of Rodenstock – as well as other merchants and dealers – throught the courts.

Here is a selection of decanter.com articles on the Jefferson Bottles case. For all articles, follow the ‘All related stories’ link at the bottom

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