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    World's Most Expensive Wines
    Nick Passmore


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    When an enterprising young man named James Christie opened his sales rooms in London in December 1766, his first auction consisted of the estate of a "deceased nobleman" containing "a large Quantity of Madeira and high Flavour'd Claret." The records don't relate how much these delightfully described "high Flavour'd clarets" fetched but as the whole sale realized a grand total ?175, it is a sure bet that if Christie had known that two hundred years later, in 1985, his now famous auction house would sell one bottle of wine for ?105,000, or $160,000, he might have held back a bottle or two to enrich his future heirs.

    This bottle was a Bordeaux, a 1787 Chateau Lafite, and, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, 18 years later it still is the world's most expensive bottle of wine. Its great age alone would have ensured a good price but what gave it its special cachet, especially to American collectors, and ensured the record price tag were the initials Th.J. etched in the glass.

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    By MiHi Ahn
    Executive Chef Olivier Muller presents the house specialty db burger that he prepared. During truffle season, he also prepares the most expensive hamburger in the world. (Jodi Breisler/CNS)

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    Executive Chef Olivier Muller presents the house specialty db burger that he prepared. During truffle season, he also prepares the most expensive hamburger in the world. (Jodi Breisler/CNS)

    You can supersize your burger at DB Bistro Moderne, the fashionable restaurant in midtown Manhattan run by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, but it'll cost you. The sirloin burger layered with truffles stuffed with braised short ribs, foie gras and yet more black truffles is the ultimate whopper -- at least in price. At $59 (or $99 for the double truffle version) it's officially the most expensive commercially available burger in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records certificate is hanging in the window to prove it.
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