Would you pay $43,630 for a bottle of champagne? Someone did!

on 03/06/11 at 2:08 pm

Booze News

200 year old champagne

A bottle of Veuve Clicquot salvaged from a 19th century shipwreck in the Baltic Sea set a world record for Champagne on Friday when it sold for 30,000 euros ($43,630) at an auction in Aland, Finland.

It is one of two bottles from a cache of 145 recovered from a two-masted schooner. The Clicquot was sold to an Internet bidder from Singapore after a spirited round with an American bidder at the auction in Mariehamn, Aland’s capital.

The other Champagne bottle made by Juglar, which went out of business in the early 19th century, fetched 24,000 euros ($35,000) at the auction.

“Today proved to be one of the most historic and exhilarating events in the world of wine,” said John Kapon, CEO of the New York auction house Acker Merrall & Condit, which conducted the sale.

{Full story via Reuters}

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