Century old champagne pops for US$116k in New York

A 100-year-old bottle of Krug champagne was sold at auction at the weekend for a staggering $116,375 in New York – one of four remaining in the cellars of the sparkling drink-makers.

Bottle of Champagne sold for over $116,000 at auction at the weekend

Bottle of Krug Champagne sold for over $116,000 at auction at the weekend Image by DIVA007 / CC BY 2.0

Included in the lot for the anonymous buyer was a tasting journey for four people in the northeastern Champagne district of France over a two-day stay.

The South African Sunday Times reports that as well as the Private Cuvee 1915, the buyer and his group will get to sample some of the most refined and rarest beverages ever made in the esteemed drink house. The travelling guests will also be treated to a meal prepared by Arnaud Lallement at his iconic restaurant, L'Assiette Champenoise.

Four years ago a bottle of 1841 Veuve Clicquot 1841 was bought for a record $43,000 while two 1959 Dom Perignon Rose bottles made $84,700 seven years ago.

The Krug bottle from the Sotheby’s auction had the distinction of never leaving the House of Krug cellars.

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