U.S. Marshals to hold high-end wine auction after counterfeiter’s conviction

WASHINGTON — A California man who’s doing time for selling counterfeit wine had quite the collection of authentic wine as well. Now — for a price — some of that wine can be yours.

Starting Tuesday and running for a week, the U.S. Marshals Service is conducting an online auction for the more than 4,700 bottles once owned by Rudy Kurniawan.

He’s currently serving a 10-year sentence in California for producing and selling millions of dollars in counterfeit wine.

It’s been two years since Kurniawan was convicted, during which marshals culled the fake wine from his collection of the good stuff — the really good stuff.

The base prices for the wines range from less than $200 to more than $6,000. There are single bottles, cases and odd lots of all sizes up for sale.

There are some serious California wines on offer, but the bulk of Kurniawan’s collection appears to be French vintages from every decade since the 1940s.

The auction firm Gaston & Sheehan is handling the online auction. You can see the entire list at its site.

WTOP’s Rich Johnson contributed to this report.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the WTOP contributing reporter.

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