Chris de Burgh red wine collection goes for a song

Chris de Burgh Chris de Burgh is best known for his 1986 track The Lady in Red

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A collection of vintage wines from Chris de Burgh's private cellar has sold for more than £345,000 at Christie's in London.

The set of 320 bottles and 84 magnums of mainly red wines fetched almost double the guide price of £200,000.

The singer announced plans to auction off his collection last month.

He said he had become so attached to some of the bottles in his cellar at his Enniskerry home in County Wicklow that he felt it would be "almost sacrilegious" to drink them and it was time for someone else to enjoy them.

His favourite and most-prized lot was a case of Château Lafite Rothschild 1945, containing the original straw bedding placed in the box at the end of the second World War, which sold for £12,650.

'World Record'

The biggest success of Thursday's auction was de Burgh's Mouton Rothschild vintages, which sparked a bidding war from around the globe.

The 62-magnum lot sold for £155,250 and set a world record for a magnum collection of postwar vintages.

"I'm thrilled at the success of my wine auction through Christie's and glad all the wines have found new homes," said de Burgh.

In the auction catalogue the star said he had been thinking of selling for some time.

"Obviously, I'm looking at the economics of the wine trade and how the business of selling wine fluctuates, but it seems to be on the up at the moment."

De Burgh, best known for his hit song The Lady in Red, previously revealed his wife and daughter preferred drinking white wine.

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