Collected by mermaids? Champagne rescued from a shipwreck is to sell at Acker

Last year we reported on what were thought to be the oldest Champagne bottles when they were discovered on the sea-bed.

Diver Christian Ekstrom was exploring a shipwreck on the Baltic seabed when he found the bottles of sparkling wine. In a move that would startle serious collectors and investors, he took one straight to the surface and tasted it with fellow divers, and found it was still in great condition.

Acker Merrall & Condit, the world's premier wine auction house, announced today (April 21) it will auction two of the bottles.

This unique auction will feature two single bottles, one each from the legendary houses of Veuve Clicquot and Juglar. These vintage Champagnes, which date to the early 1840s and are thought to be the oldest Champagnes for sale in existence, are among the most exciting discoveries ever in the world of wine.

The sale will take place on June 3.

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