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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Joe Robert's wine cellar auctioned for $1.8 million

Joe Robert in 2006. (The Photographer's Gallery/Associated Press)

Joe Robert, who died last year of cancer, is still raising money for kid’s charities: The bulk of the late millionaire’s rare wine collection — auctioned off Friday in Hong Kong — brought in $1.8 million for his pet projects. Twenty of Robert’s friends drank a few special bottles earlier this month at a pre-auction dinner in McLean, which created buzz for the event. An official with Zachys auction house told us all 380 lots sold; the top bid came for six bottles of Romanee Conti 1990 (a red burgundy) that went for $88,154. The rest of Robert’s cellar, estimated to sell for another $250,000, will be auctioned in New York June 7.

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