$3750 cognac smashed in quake

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Last updated 13:48 22/07/2013
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A bottle of Louis XIII de Remy Martin cognac.

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PRICEY VICTIM: The remains of a bottle of $3780 cognac at Regional Wines and Spirits in Wellington, tipped off a shelf by the 6.5 earthquake.

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Yesterday's shake has claimed a high price victim at Regional Wine and Spirits store in Wellington, a $3780 bottle of cognac smashed.

General manager Alastair Morris said he was reluctant to look under the cabinet which toppled in the quake, afraid of the high-priced victims he would find.

Underneath he found the remain of a 700ml bottle of Louis XIII de Remy Martin cognac, the priciest victim, along with a smaller bottle of the same drop value at $500.

"I was like, 'oh no'. It is pretty good stuff."

With a high insurance excess, the business will probably have to fork out themselves to replace the bottle and about 40 others that were smashed.

"But it is amazing what fell and didn't break."

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