A bottle of French wine has fetched a record-breaking $558,000 (£424,000) at an auction in New York.
The 1945 Romanee-Conti sold for 17 times its upper estimate of $32,000 at Sotheby’s in New York on Saturday.
The previous record for a standard wine bottle was $233,000 – an 1869 Chateau Lafite Rothschild sold in Hong Kong in 2010.
But the record for any size is $310,700 for a three-litre 1945 Mouton-Rothschild in 2007.
The 1945 bottle is one of just 600 made that year by Romanee-Conti, considered to be the best Burgundy wine.
It is produced in the Cote de Nuits region in a vineyard spanning less than four acres (two hectares) and producing fewer than 6,000 bottles per year.
Sotheby’s said the wine was made just before the vineyard was uprooted and that, despite “heavily damp-stained, scuffed, torn, and partially missing” labels, the vintage was “rare and wonderful”.
The auction house added: “The best bottles are so concentrated and exotic, with seemingly everlasting power – a wine at peace with itself.”
In another record-breaking sale later in the auction, The Macallan 1926 whisky sold for $843,200 (£641,000), the highest price Sotheby’s has achieved for a single spirit.
It was also the top auction price for a spirit sold in North America, although it failed to beat the world record of $1.2m set earlier this month by Bonhams at an auction in Edinburgh.
The Macallan sold on Saturday was one of 12 specially commissioned by English pop artist Sir Peter Blake, was signed by him and released in 1986.
Geoff Kirk, director of prestige at The Macallan, said the bottle was “an iconic release emblematic of 20th century pop culture”.
Oliver Barker, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said: “[Sir Peter’s] celebrated commissions for some of the greatest bands of the 20th century, most famously for The Beatles, have transcended their intended purpose to become icons of the age – a perfect pairing to the swinging sixties and to the spirit of the post-war Britain.
“With this magnificent label for Macallan’s finest vintage, Blake has put his stamp on yet another one of life’s great pleasures.”