A bottle of champagne sold for a world record $43,630 at an auction in Aland, Finland on Friday. The pricey bottle of booze was recovered from an unidentified shipwreck said to have been traveling to the court of Czar Nicholas of Russia, and is thought to have been produced between 1811 and 1831.
The bottle of Veuve Cliquot was the centerpiece of a "spirited" Internet bidding round between an American and another bidder from Singapore. John Kapon, CEO of the New York auction house Acker Merrall & Condit, was thrilled with the event, saying:
Today proved to be one of the most historic and exhilarating events in the world of wine . . . To have America and Asia battling it out here in Europe, setting a new world record, is a testament to the globalization of the fine wine market, and this is only the beginning.
The beginning of what? It might be interesting to some that a bottle of wine worth that amount of money even exists, but the question is, what do you do with it? Cracking it open during a Super Bowl might be seen as a bit pretentious on the part of the host, and at the end of the game, the host would be left with an empty $43,630 champagne bottle that might be useful as a door stop.
To each his own, as the saying goes. Yahoo! News reports that the previous record for a bottle of champagne was $42,000 for a 1959 jug of Dom Perignon. Maybe the buyer could track down that bottle and obtain a matched set.