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The oldest champagne ever fished out was sold at auction!

This is not the first time we have written about champagne fished from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The bottles with the noble beverage had been lying on the bottom for about 170 years before a team of Scandinavian divers fished them back to the surface in 2010. A total of 162 bottles were
Published: June 10, 2012 - 15:52
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 13:47
The oldest champagne ever fished out was sold at auction!

This is not the first time we have written about champagne fished from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The bottles with the noble beverage had been lying on the bottom for about 170 years before a team of Scandinavian divers fished them back to the surface in 2010. A total of 162 bottles were recovered from the wreck that the divers explored.

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Now 11 of these bottles have been sold at auction for a total of $156,000, including 6 bottles of Juglar, 4 Veuve Clicquot and 1 Heidsieck. Additionally, a single bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a champagne that Tsarist Russia once loved to drink, sold for $20,000.

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At first we had no idea what we had found. I took one bottle and as I surfaced I had to hold its cork tighter and tighter with my thumb. We managed to get out onto the deck with the bottle and only there did it shoot out. So we spilled the contents of the bottle into cups without even realising how much it was worth!” – said one of the explorers Christian Ekstroem.

Looking at further developments, one might be tempted to say that the taste of champagne they drank on the boat that day will be the only reward for their efforts in the whole operation. As it turns out, wrecks older than 100 years are the property of the government and therefore the explorers will most likely not get any share in the find.

“We didn’t get anything, but it’s not even about money, we didn’t even hear one word of thanks, ” added an embittered Ekstroem

Source: inquisitr.com

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