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Pedigree, perhaps, but it's still grape juice

If you planned to sell anything that is more than two centuries old, you'd be well advised to get its authenticity checked. That's the case with Antique Wine.

The London fine wine company has a collection of Ch√Ęteau Lafite Rothschild bottles it believes dates back to 1787. To be sure, it plans to spend up to $60,000 on scientific tests to verify the collection's authenticity.

Stephen Williams, founder and chief executive of Antique Wine, told reporters he believes his company is the first to commission such extensive testing to certify vintages. Result will be announced before the red wine is put up for sale.

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