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Dipsomancer's delight: Collection of historically unique & significant liquors for sale
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Notable liquors in the collection include:
Said to be the last remaining hand-blown jeroboam (6 litre) bottle in the world and believed to have travelled with the army of Napoleon Bonaparte as it waged war against Austria and the British. The Dutch republic fell to French troops in the same year. Bought from a Chicago collector in 1990 for more than €24,000. Estimated value €138,000 ($216,000).
1938 REMY MARTIN LOUIS XIII
More than 1200 brandies were blended to form this special edition cognac presented during the royal banquet of Queen Elizabeth and King George VI, in 1938. Only 600 of them are believed to still exist. Bought for €900. Estimated value €53,000.
1805 A.E. DOR, SOLEIL D'AUSTERLITZ
An extremely rare bottle - only three were made. In 1980 the owner of A.E. Dor kept one for himself, and presented the other two to French President Francois Mitterrand. Bought in 1989 for €3000. Estimated value €18,000.
Others include cognac from the Duke of Windsor (former King Edward VIII)'s private collection and "Revolutionary brandy" from 1789. Heaps of potential symbolic resonances in this lot.
JamesH | profile | Feb 21, 12 | 6:45 pm
Word on the street is that these are too high profile. The Sleepers are monitoring the purchases and kacking whomever they suspect of being a duke looking for some major mojo.
Doktor Anon | profile | Feb 21, 12 | 9:37 pm
I heard that each and every one of the bottles has been personally cursed, and any boozehound that lets drop one pass his lips gets one free, violent, and permanent allergy to all things alcoholic.