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Polar exploration ale found in garage sells for £3k

By Lia Sanders on 16/06/15 11:00 AM

A 140-year-old bottle of ale brewed for a polar expedition which was found in garage sold for £3,300 – more than 5 times its estimate.

The bottle of Allsopp’s Arctic Ale was brewed for an expedition led by Sir George Nares in 1875.

It was found unopened in a garage in in Gobowen, Shropshire with auctioneers saying it was a mystery how it had been found there.

The beer had been expected to fetch £600 at the auctioneers Trevanion & Dean in Whitchurch.

The winning bidder was a private collector from Scotland who bid by telephone.

Aaron Dean, a partner at the auctioneers, said: “The internet went bonkers when the item came up.

“It was a great historical object. We have all seen empty bottles from the 19th Century but this bottle went all the way to the Arctic circle and came all the way back.”

Sir Nares, a Welsh naval officer, had been aiming for the North Pole but his crew was unable to reach it due to scurvy and poor equipment.

However, they were the first to navigate a channel between Greenland and Ellesmere Island which was named Nares Strait after him.