Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Samuel Allsopp’s Arctic Ale Circa 1852

Sold for: $503,300

Year: 2007

If this story teaches you anything, let it be that you must pay attention to detail, lest you pay a dear price for a mistake. That’s what happened to the man that first put this bottle of Samuel Allsopp’s Artic Ale up for auction on eBay. The Artic Ale was brewed specifically for Sir Edward Belcher’s 1852 Artic Expedition. It was sealed and kept in pristine quality with a handwritten note that explained the history of the bottle and brew. The original seller misspelled the name of the name of the brewer, only threw up three accompanying images, and wound up selling the bottle for a measly $304 to another eBay seller. The buyer turned around and re-listed the Ale with more images and a correct title, and sold it for $503,300.


  1. I like to procure a bottle of Allsopp's......A long hike into the Maze, Find a nice long, deep Slot canyon, get "lost for a few days, chill the bottle in a nice cool pothole eat a few select peyote buttons,and become Human again.
    You can come along if you like >;)

    ( I'll even get your name right,I promise!)

  2. I think I just got a little sick in my mouth.

  3. That's a good sign most people are nauseated before they feel the onset of the psychoactive effects of the buttons.....

  4. Peyote buttons all round!! Woohoo!

  5. Arctic NOT Artic !

  6. Don't shoot the messenger, I titled it corrected, rest of text isn't mine...

  7. Lee William Allsopp9 February 2012 at 14:56

    Wish i had a crate of that ale, i'd check the attic but alas live in a ground floor flat!


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