Shipwrecked champagne, whisky to appear at auction after 100 years

A series of bottles that have been salvaged from a 100-year-old shipwreck will be sold at auction in Michigan on October 27.

The SS Regina at the bottom of Lake Huron

The bottles were rescued from the wreck of Canadian steamer SS Regina in 1986, having been sunk during the infamous "Great Lakes Storm of 1913", a three-day snowstorm that saw the death of over 250 sailors.

Offered in the sale are three bottles of Whyte and McKay scotch, two bottles of Dewar's scotch and around 20 bottles of champagne from GH Mumm and Co and Cliquot. They will be sold in a silent auction at a dinner arranged to mark the centenary of the event by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, with proceeds to benefit the organisation.

This isn't the first time that whisky from the wreck has appeared at auction, with bottles selling for $90 each at Christie's in 1988.

Shipwrecked bottles are highly collectible, with two bottles of whisky from the wreck that inspired the 1947 novel Whisky Galore selling for £12,050 ($18,741) in May.

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