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Sir Alex Ferguson's wine collection sells for £2.2m

Sir Alex Ferguson, pictured at a press conference in 2013
Image caption The collection included vintages dating from 1986, when Sir Alex was appointed at Old Trafford, to 2011

Part of the wine collection amassed by Sir Alex Ferguson during his Manchester United reign has raised £2.2m.

The wines were offered at a sale in Hong Kong in the first of three auctions and fetched a sale total of £2,269,065.

Auction house Christie's said 229 out of 257 lots were sold but could not confirm how many bottles.

The collection included vintages dating from 1986, when Sir Alex was appointed at Old Trafford, to 2011.

The top lot was one Methuselah - equivalent to eight bottles - of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Vintage 1997, which realised £94,815 and included a card signed "Best Wishes Alex Ferguson".

The top 10 lots were bought by private Asian buyers, Christie's said.

Further sales will take place in London and online in June.

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