You know that horrible feeling when you drop something valuable and it shatters into pieces? A customer at The Playboy’s Club in London had one of those days. Except that it wasn’t an old vase or some tchotchke on grandma’s mantle. No, he managed to destroy a $77,615 bottle of Cognac. One which dated back to 1788. Ouch.
The customer was a regular – a businessman with expensive tastes and a very loose grip. He had ordered two glasses of the brandy for $7,839 (that’s £5,000 if you’re wondering why it’s an uneven figure) each. Then he asked to look at the bottle. When he stood up, the bottle went flying, making the most expensive mess as the shattered upon hitting the floor.
The club bought the bottle at auction in Paris a few years ago – where it had sold for $37,000 . Sadder still, the Cognac was to have been featured this week by mixologist (that word makes my skin crawl) Salvatore Calabrese in a bid to make the world’s most expensive cocktail for Guinness World Records. Mr. Calabrese weighed in during an interview with the Evening Standard:
“We all just froze, then it sunk in. I’ve been heartbroken. Not because of the value of the bottle, but because it is a piece of history that has been lost.”
Because the bottle of Clos de Griffier Vieux was open – it wasn’t insured. The customer must drop a lot of cash in the establishment as he seems to have been forgiven:
“Accidents happen,” Calabrese told The Evening Standard.