Alex Ferguson's wine collection up for auction

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    • Alex Ferguson will auction of part of his private wine collection
    • The Scot spent 26 successful years as manager of Manchester United
    • The total worth of the lots up for auction is said to be $5 million
    • Ferguson won 13 EPL titles and two European Champions League crowns at United
    The auction hammer is ready to go down on a remarkable collection -- it offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to sample the fine wines collected by legendary football manager Alex Ferguson.
    During 26 years at Manchester United, Ferguson raised a glass to many memorable wins and toasted countless vintage performances.
    Auction house Christie's is selling off part of Ferguson's private collection valued at a mouth-watering $5 million, with bidding set to open on nearly 500 lots -- roughly 5,000 bottles -- across three auctions running between May 24 and June 23 in London and Hong Kong as well as online.
    "My interest in wine began during a scouting trip in France and, over time, my enjoyment of discovery and collecting grew," Ferguson, who retired in May 2013 after guiding United to 13 English Premier League titles and two European Cups, said in a statement.