Monday, February 20, 2012
World's most expensive Cognac - Napoleon's bottle goes to auction
A Cognac that travelled with Napoleon Bonaparte on his conquests around Europe - and the last of its kind - is to be auctioned. And, at a whopping £114,500, it could become the most expensive Cognac in the world.
Made in 1795, it is among about 5,000 unopened bottles of spirits, worth about £5 million, belonging to a Dutch collector, Bay Van der Bunt.
Mr van der Bunt bought the hand-blown six-litre Jeroboam bottle from a Chicago collector in 1990 for £20,000.
He said: 'It travelled with Napoleon's army. You can just see it there lying with the others in the hay cart. After the battle – and probably before – the officers would drink from it.'
Mr van der Bunt will apparently vet prospective buyers to make sure the Cognac goes to a collector and isn't drunk!