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NEW JERSEY STORE BUYS LARGEST BOTTLE OF WINE

Raise a glass -- 1,200 of them to be exact -- to New Jersey, new home to the world's largest bottle of wine.

Wine Ventures, a wine shop in Tenafly, N.J., paid $55,812 for Maximus, a 4 1/2 -foot tall bottle of cabernet sold Saturday at Sotheby's, a spokeswoman said. It plans to put the bottle on display at its Bergen County business.

The 340-pound bottle was the work of master glass blowers in the Czech Republic and holds the equivalent of 173 standard bottles of Beringer Vineyards 2001 Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

That translates to 1,200 glasses of wine.

The bottle was certified as the world's largest by the Guinness Book of World Records.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Morton's steakhouse chain, had partnered with Beringer to create the record-setting bottle.

The final price included a 17.5 percent buyer's premium.

The hammer price of $47,500 will be donated to Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading hunger-fighting organizations.

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