One of Europe's oldest restaurants—La Tour D'Argent in Paris, established 1582 (think about that)—is slightly strapped for cash, so with the hope of raising a million Euros or so, it will be auctioning off 18,000 bottles from its insane, world-famous wine cellar that currently encompasses, oh, about a half million bottles. For reference, this is what the wine list looks like.
The auction will take place on December 7-8, and bottles on the block range from some that could go for 10 euros each to a magnum of 1983 Château Petrus to a 1788 cognac that's estimated to be worth at least 2,500 euros. There's even a website dedicated to the epic firesale, including a full catalog of the offerings. Wine geeks and somms, go ahead and freak out.
· Official Auction Site [Piasa.fr]
· Historic Paris restaurant auctions thousands of bottles of wine [Guardian via Daily Beast]