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Record price for shipwreck champers

Published 03/06/2011

Auctioneer John Kapon with a box containing a bottle of Juglar champagne found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea (AP)
Auctioneer John Kapon with a box containing a bottle of Juglar champagne found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea (AP)
The bottle of Veuve Clicquot was found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea (AP)

An anonymous bidder has paid £48,000 for two bottles of 200-year-old champagne found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Auctioneers in Mariehamn, Finland, said the buyer, from Singapore, paid a world-record price of £26,000 for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and £21,000 for a bottle of Juglar.

Both bottles are believed to be the oldest preserved examples of their respective brands.

The auction was held in the capital of the autonomous Aland Islands, a Finnish archipelago situated between Sweden and Finland.

Divers last year salvaged 145 bottles of champagne from the shipwreck, at a depth of 165ft on the seabed.

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