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Frank Martell of Heritage Auctions on Wine Fraud

This show was published 01 June 2012


Frank Martell of Heritage Auctions, the world's largest collectables auctioneer, talks to us about fraudulent old and rare vintage wines. Counterfeiting wine can range from faking cheap bottles of well known brands to attempting to pass off expensive old and rare wines. We look at a fake 1961 Haut Brion bottle and talk about Lafite and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), as examples of fine wines that have been subject to counterfeiting. At the end of the day the very best indication of provenance is ownership, so it is vital that you find out how/where the wine was purchased and whether its has been with the same owner or changed hands many times - the best assurance of authenticity is a wine that has only ever had one owner (a first owner wine). Frank explains the trend for wines to be traded more and more which in turn creates a bigger opportunity for wines to be faked.


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