1988 Marie Curie Auction

The Thustrup Collection

During 1987 Peter Thustrup assembled a very collection of pre-Phylloxera wines.

The Phylloxera is the louse that destroyed the french vineyard in the end of the 19th century. The collection was donated to the Institut Curie to celebrate the 120 years since the birth of Marie Curie.

This exceptional collection of wines dating before the Phylloxera was put up for sale at an auction November 25th, 1987 at the Conciergerie in Paris.

The wines were all first growths from Bordeaux, from vintages 1861 and 1870 including:

  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1969
  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1870
  • Chateau Latour 1861
  • Chateau Latour 1869
  • Chateau Margaux 1869
  • Chateau Margaux 1870
  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1869
  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1870

The collection came to be called The Thustrup Collection.

The event was widely coved by French and Japanese television when it was auctioned off in the Conciergerie in Paris.

The lucky buyer was to the renowned japanese graphic designer Mr. Hiroshi Kojitani for the record sum of 400.000 French francs, the worlds most expensive wine collection ever sold at auction at the time.

Peter Thustrup subsequently handcarried and personally delivered the collection to Mrc Hiroshi Kojitani in March 1988.