A Rare Find: Man Sells Unopened $250 Wine Bottle from the 1970s for $80,000 

By: Nitin Singh

Mark Paulson bought a rare bottle of wine in the 1970s for $250.

He left the unopened bottle in his basement for several decades.

The bottle is a 3-liter Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche, considered one of the best in the world.

The rarity of the bottle, combined with its quality and unopened state, has increased its value.

Bonhams Skinner, the auction house handling the sale, estimates the bottle's worth between $50,000 and $80,000.

Mark Paulson was a commercial painter with a niche interest in rare and high-end wines.

Despite his interest in wine, Paulson claims to have never given the unopened bottle much thought.

The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche bottle is made by a Burgundian vineyard.

The 1971 bottle is worth tens of thousands of dollars today.