A Paris Restaurant Auctioning Off Marie Antoinette-Era Booze
One of Paris’ most famous restaurants, La Tour D'Argent, is in need of some refreshing, so they're raising money in the most decadent of ways. The oldest restaurant in the city is auctioning rare booze—including three bottles of cognac from Marie Antoinette’s days.
Hosted by Paris-based Artcurial, the May 9th auction items include about 100 rare spirits, three bottles of 1788 Grande Fine Clos du Griffier cognac estimated to be worth more than $20,000 each, as well as "copper pans, tableware, furnishings and a silver-plated Christofle duck press" valued at around $5,000, according to Bloomberg.
This is the third time in 434 years of being in business that the restaurant has hosted such an event. The last auction saw the sale of 18,000 bottle of wine in 2009. A bit of background on the location: Since opening its doors in 1582, La Tour D'Argent has become one of the most famous restaurants in the world. It inspired the film Ratatouille and is on the list of eateries that has previously received three Michelin stars. Unfortunately, the eatery has been downgraded to just one star over the past 20 years and therefore the team is looking to up their game again with help from the auction proceeds.