Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Most expensive bottle of beer-world record
set by Lowebrau
LONDON, UK--A bottle of Lowebrau lager, recovered
from the wreckage of the German airship Hindenburg after it
burst into flames
as it moored at Lakehurst, New York, on May 6, 1937, sold
for over $16,000 (£10,810)-setting the new world record for
expensive bottle of beer.
Photo: The label on the Most
expensive bottle of beer remains intact and legible,
and though the brew survived the disaster, the auctioneer
cautioned against quaffing the beverage, saying that the 62-year-old
suds would "taste putrid." (enlarge
expensive bottle of beer, heat-damaged but still sealed,
was sold with an account of its recovery signed by Mr Smith.
Fierce international phone bidding pushed up the price at
Aldridge auctioneers in Devizes, Wilts.
It was part of the collection of survivor
The brown bottle of Lowenbrau lager was
discovered in the wreckage by Leroy Smith, a fire chief on
the scene. Smith discovered a total of six bottles and a pitcher
at the scene of the disaster.
He distributed four of the bottles as souvenirs
to colleagues and one to the Lowenbrau
brewery in 1977, where it still remains.
Smith buried the bottles on site because
the police cordoned off the area to investigate the cause
of the fiery accident. He later dug up the mementos giving
five of the beers to his colleagues and keeping one for himself
including the silver-plated jug. Smith's family kept the beer
bottle and jug until they decided to sell it.
The previous Guinness world record for the highest
price for a single bottle of beer is thought to be around
£2,500 and auctioneer Alan Aldridge started bidding at £3,000.
There was fierce competition from telephone bidders
all over the world, mainly from the US. Mr Aldridge eventually
knocked the item down for £9,400. With buyer's premium, the
expensive bottle of beer will cost the purchaser £10,810.
The prices for the Hindenburg memorabilia dwarfed
those for items connected with Elvis Presley, Diana Ross,
Peter Sellers and Paul McCartney.
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November 17, 2009