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'King of Champagnes' bought in UK bar for £35k!

At 35000 pounds, a vintage Dom Perignon, dubbed the ''King of Champagnes'', has become the most expensive bottle of champagne ever sold in a British bar.

world Updated: Apr 18, 2010 10:35 IST

At 35000 pounds, a vintage Dom Perignon has become the most expensive bottle of champagne ever sold in a British bar.

Dubbed the ''King of Champagnes'', the methuselah of 1996 Rosé Gold was sold at a top London hotel, reports The Telegraph.

A receipt from London's posh Westbury Hotel shows the drinker paid a 4,375-pound service charge and left a 10,625-pound tip.

That puts the total bill for the bottle at 50,000 pounds.

The buyer, thought to be a Russian billionaire, spilled at least three glasses within minutes of the purchase on Tuesday.

Elias Yiallouri, the bar manager, refused to reveal the buyer's identity.

But he said: "Dom Perignon is famed for being the ''first'' or ''stars'' Champagne'', but Rosé Gold is the finest of all its brands – the champagne of kings.

"The 1996 vintage is regarded as one of the finest in the 20th-Century and with only 35 bottles produced per year, its incredibly rare and sought-after.

"Each bottle is like a piece of fine art – stunningly beautiful, extremely valuable and highly collectable."

The Rose Gold methuselah – the equivalent to eight standard-sized bottles – is produced by French winery Moët et Chandon and is prized for its "excellence and elegance".

The bottle itself has a metal casing dipped in rose gold, and is worth almost 20,000 pounds alone.