France's presidential palace is to auction off around a tenth of the treasures in its wine cellar today in order to raise funds for the Elysee Palace.
Roughly 1,200 wines have been chosen, which in headier times were served at dinner for the French president when he was entertaining visiting royalty and heads of state.
The lots include "some real gems" according to Ambroise de Montigny, the wine expert for the auction.
The auction is expected to raise a quarter of a million euros (£214,000) and some individual bottles could sell for as much as 2,500 euros (£2,138).
Each of the bottles carry the label of the Elysee Palace and the date of the auction.