A big bottle of wine sat in his basement for decades. It could go for $80K.

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Jan 12, 2012
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Gee, they don't even know if it's drinkable!

Mark Paulson bought a high-end bottle of wine for $250 in the late 1970s, and for the better part of a half-century, some of the finest, most prized wine in the world sat largely forgotten inside a cardboard box in his basement.

Since then, Paulson, a 72-year-old retired commercial painter, and his wife have had four children. Those children have grown up and had kids of their own. The area around their home in south San Francisco transformed from a cultural hub in the throes of hippie culture into a tech-obsessed megalopolis of more than 7.5 million people.

Still, the bottle remained intact and undrunk in Paulson’s basement.
That’s changing. Later this month, Paulson will sell his bottle of 1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche at auction. Bonhams Skinner, the auction house overseeing the sale, estimates that the jeroboam — a 3-liter bottle of wine also known as a double magnum — will go for between $50,000 and $80,000, as first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.