140-year-old unopened bottle of beer fetches huge sum
An unopened 140-year-old bottle of beer from an Arctic expedition sold for thousands at auction.
According to the BBC, a bottle of Allsopp's Arctic Ale, a beer brewed for Sir George Nares' 1875 expedition to the North Pole, was recently discovered in a garage in Britain. The auction house, Trevanion & Dean, expected to bring in around a thousand dollars -- but the auctioneers had no idea how much attention the item would receive.
The winning bid of $5,131 came from a private collector in Scotland over the telephone. It's supposedly a sweet beer with a hint of tobacco, but the collector will most likely keep it sealed.
Sir George Nares led the expedition towards the North Pole in 1875, however, the attempt was unsuccessful. Instead the crew mapped the coastlines of Greenland and Ellesmere Island. The channel running between the two land masses was named Nares Strait in his honor.