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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 October 2005, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Alan Clark's wine fetches 52,767
Alan Clark outside his Kent home
Alan Clark's diaries were turned into a BBC drama series
A collection of fine wine from the cellar of the late Tory MP Alan Clark has been sold at auction for 52,767.

The 38 bottle collection featured some of the most sought after and rarest wines in the world.

The top lot was a case of 24 half-bottles of Chateau d'Yquem, 1967, which sold for 8,250.

Mr Clark, who died of a brain tumour on 5 September 1999, lived with his wife Jane at the family home, Saltwood Castle near Hythe in Kent.

'Passionate man'

The wine went under the hammer at Christie's in London on Thursday.

David Elswood, International Head of the Christie's Wine Department, said the sale had been a "fitting tribute to a truly unique wine collector".

"He [Mr Clark] was a passionate man of classic tastes which also extended to the world of fine wines, proven by extensive international interest both in the room, by commission and on the telephone for every wine in the 38-lot collection," he said.

The wines were offered for sale by Mr Clark's widow and had been stored in the Undercroft wine cellars within Saltwood Castle.

Mr Clark, who was MP for Kensington and Chelsea until his death at the age of 71, made several references to his love of wine in his famous diaries, which were turned into a drama series by the BBC.

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