PARIS, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Most of the fine wines accumulated when Jacques Chirac was mayor of Paris are being auctioned off by Chirac's Socialist successor.
Bertrand Delanoe has raised the ire of many a Frenchman with his decision to sell city hall's vast collection of vintage wines in an auction Friday and Saturday, The New York Times reports.
Chirac started collecting wine when he became mayor of Paris in 1977 and eventually accumulated some 10,000 bottles kept in a state-of-the-art vault 20 feet below the Hotel de Ville.
A wine expert says the city hall auction of 4,960 bottles is unique because all of the wines are from top classifications.
The market value is estimated at $650,000 with a 1986 Romanee Conti valued at $1,889 as the most expensive bottle being offered.