400 Bordeaux chateaux sold at auction

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On December 18 a bit over 400 Bordeaux chateau were sold at auction in Paris. It wasn’t the actual wine estates that were sold of course, but depictions of them. In 1850 the first edition of what was to become a legendary wine book was published: Cocks et Feret’s Bordeaux et ses vins (Bordeaux and its wines). It was a description of all the major wine properties in Bordeaux at the time, including an illustration of the chateau. The illustrations were artistically designed copper plate prints. What has now been sold at auction is the original copper plates for the 400 and some featured chateaux, 5 to 15 centimetre big copper printing plates. They were sold at auction with price estimations ranging from 500€ to 3000€ (final prices not yet available). Judging from the catalogue it would make for beautiful desk decorations. More info: www.artcurial.com

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