Thursday, August 19, 2010
Largest collection of unopened Coca-Cola bottles -
John Burley sets world record
PATCHAM, East Sussex, UK -- John Burley,
63, started collecting unopened Coca-Cola bottles as a teenager
in the 1950s and now has 600 bottles , setting the world record for the Largest
collection of unopened Coca-Cola bottles.
John started to get busy with the fizzy
stuff when, as a teenager in the 1950s, he read an article
in Life magazine. He now has so many bottles he has had to
build a shed to house them all.
The world's largest
collection of unopened Coca-Cola bottles is now worth
a staggering USD 15,600 (Ł10,000).
He has travelled as far as Japan, America,
China and the Middle East to put the fizz into his world-beating
John, from Patcham, East Sussex, said:
"It might sound bizarre but I do not really like the taste
of Coca-Cola. "If I am out at a restaurant I might have a
Diet Coke with lemon but I generally stick to water, it is
"I started the collection because I love Coca-Cola's
branding, rather than because I drank a lot of the stuff."
John's bumper haul includes an extremely
rare bottle commemorating the 1982 marriage of Charles and
Diana, which cost just 18p but is now worth more than Ł100.
His collection also includes bottles produced to commemorate
football world cups, film releases including Star Wars and
Harry Potter and landmark political events.
A Coca-Cola spokesman said John's
"incredible collection" was "by far the biggest of our bottles
we have ever heard of".
Guinness World Records have also urged
John to get in touch to see if his collection is The Real
John added:"I am nowhere near stopping
and I would never sell either, people have talked about the
collection being worth five figures but it is priceless to
me. "There is one bottle which I have always wanted and I
do not feel my collection is complete until I own it an Elvis
Presley coke bottle."
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Thursday, August 19, 2010