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Auctioneer John Kapon with a box containing a bottle of Juglar champagne found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea (AP)

Auctioneer John Kapon with a box containing a bottle of Juglar champagne found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea (AP)

The bottle of Veuve Clicquot was found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea (AP)

The bottle of Veuve Clicquot was found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea (AP)

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Auctioneer John Kapon with a box containing a bottle of Juglar champagne found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea (AP)

An anonymous bidder has paid £48,000 for two bottles of 200-year-old champagne found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Auctioneers in Mariehamn, Finland, said the buyer, from Singapore, paid a world-record price of £26,000 for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and £21,000 for a bottle of Juglar.

Both bottles are believed to be the oldest preserved examples of their respective brands.

The auction was held in the capital of the autonomous Aland Islands, a Finnish archipelago situated between Sweden and Finland.

Divers last year salvaged 145 bottles of champagne from the shipwreck, at a depth of 165ft on the seabed.

PA Media