09/04/2012 09:29 am ET | Updated Sep 06, 2012

Rare 223-Year-Old Cognac Sells For $30,185

What's the most you'd ever spend on a bottle of booze? One anonymous collector recently plunked down $30,185 (£19,000) for a rare half-bottle of 1789 A.C. Meukow & Co Cognac.

The Drinks Business writes that the purchase was made from the Old Liquors Collection, which is owned by Dutch Cognac enthusiast Bay van der Bunt. The buyer also took home a 182-year-old bottle of Remy Martin Cognac dating back to 1830, which cost $20,494 (£12,900).

Van der Bunt owns the world's largest collection of vintage cognacs and rare liquors, which is estimated to be worth a total and is based in Breda, Netherlands. His collection is estimated to be worth $9.5 million (£6 million).

We hope that the buyer isn't as clumsy as the customer at London's Playboy Club that managed to drop a $77,615 (£50,000) bottle of Cognac from 1788, which smashed to smithereens on the ground.


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