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18 Apr, 2010 07:38

Russian billionaire sets record at London bar

Russian billionaire sets record at London bar

Few people can afford spending money like water, but even fewer hold the record of “spending money like wine”…

A Russian billionaire, whose name has not been disclosed, has bought a bottle of “the King of Champagnes” – a vintage Dom Perignon – at a luxury London hotel bar for nearly $54,000.

According to The Telegraph, the unstinting Russian also left just over $16,000 as a tip on top of the $7,000 service charge.

The Russian wine connoisseur reportedly shared the 1996 Rosé Gold between a small group of friends gathered at London’s Westbury Hotel.

With only 35 bottles produced per year, the Rose Gold Methuselah, which is equivalent to eight standard-sized bottles, is now thought to be the most expensive single bottle ever bought from a bar.