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Hsu – $100K Wine Collection, Clinton Sax

From the Los Angeles Times:

Hsu’s love of wine and Clinton on display

More than 180 pricey bottles and a saxophone believed to have been signed by the former president were seized from his home, documents show.

By Robin Fields and Chuck Neubauer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

October 11, 2007

Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu had a well-known affection for fine living and all things Clinton. And his collector’s taste and eye were on display Wednesday, when federal authorities unsealed documents showing they had seized more than 180 bottles of pricey wine from Hsu’s New York apartment, as well as a saxophone believed to have been autographed by President Clinton.

Experts valued the wine collection — which includes dozens of bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild and vintage Cristal champagne, as well as California wines such as Opus One — at up to $100,000…

Beyond the 11 bottles of 1982 Lafite Rothschild, which could be worth $2,000 to $3,500 apiece, experts cited Hsu’s other French Bordeaux and several bottles of Penfolds Shiraz, an Australian wine, as the best and most expensive in his collection.

It was unclear how Hsu acquired the saxophone. Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for Sen. Clinton’s campaign, said Bill Clinton had signed many instruments that have been sold to benefit charities or party organizations.

Saxophones signed by the former president have brought as much as $64,000 at recent charity auctions.

Clearly, like most Democrats, Mr. Hsu is a man of the people. The “little guy.”

It was unclear how Hsu acquired the saxophone.

Yes, what a mystery that is.

Perhaps we will never know. 

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