He waged a twenty-year legal battle against two of his brothers relating to the family business.(The matter was settled in 2001.) He sued the state of Massachusetts over an improperly taxed stock transaction and won a forty-six-million-dollar abatement.When a former girlfriend whom he had installed at a condo in Boston’s Four Seasons hotel refused to leave, Koch took her to housing court and had her evicted.
“There was, as usual, a dissertation upon wines,” John Quincy Adams noted in his diary after dining with Jefferson in 1807.
“Not very edifying.”)In addition to surveying the relevant historical material, Broadbent had sampled two other bottles from the collection. Yquem “perfect in every sense: colour, bouquet, taste.”At two-thirty that December afternoon, Broadbent opened the bidding, at ten thousand pounds. The winning bidder was Christopher Forbes, the son of Malcolm Forbes and a vice-president of the magazine .
Altogether, Koch spent half a million dollars on the bottles.
He installed them in his capacious, climate-controlled wine cellar, and took them out occasionally over the next fifteen years to show them off to friends.
most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction was offered at Christie’s in London, on December 5, 1985.
The bottle was handblown dark-green glass and capped with a nubby seal of thick black wax.
“Because it’s the best-tasting form of alcohol in the world,” he said.
“That’s why.”Koch may be as compulsive about filing lawsuits as he is about collecting.
It had no label, but etched into the glass in a spindly hand was the year 1787, the word “Lafitte,” and the letters “Th.