Champagne from Baltic Sea Shipwreck Up for Grabs at Auction in Finland in June


NEW YORK (REUTERS).- Two bottles of champagne, thought to be about 200 years old and part of a cache of 150 salvaged from a 19th century shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, will be auctioned in Finland in June. The cache, which belongs to the government of Aland, an archipelago in the Baltic, includes a bottle from the house of Veuve Clicquot and another from Juglar, which closed its doors in the early 19th century. Acker Merrall & Condit, of New York, will auction the two bottles on June 3. When the first bottle was recovered from the sunken two-masted schooner dating from about 1780-1830, Swedish champagne writer Richard Juhlin estimated it would fetch about 500,000 Swedish krona ($82,000). “We didn’t know if it