For most of us, wine is an alcoholic beverage that is ideal for dining. It is considered a luxury good and represents a cultural asset. But for some of us, wine can be a collector’s item, an investment, an object of prestige. Wine has always been regarded as a sign of prosperity. It is incredible what people are willing to spend on an excellent wine. Here are the most expensive wines in the world.

3. The auctioneer Christie’s in London auctioned a 3 liters double magnum Château Mouton- Rothschild 1945, whose content is equivalent to that of 4 regular bottles. In 1997, the bottle achieved an unbelievable price of 114,614 US dollars.

2. At the same auction, another wine was sold for an even higher price. One of the most expensive single bottles is a Château Lafite from 1787. In 1985, somebody offered 160,000 US dollars for this one bottle. The special feature about the wine however is the fact that it is embellished with the initials of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America.

1. At the Napa Valley Auction, during which money was raised for charity, a so-called Screaming Eagle from 1992 was sold as the most expensive wine in the world. Although a bottle of Screaming Eagle 1992 normally costs about 300 US dollars, the wine was sold for an incredible sum of 500,000 US dollars.