Source: Old Liquors’ collection features bottles dating back to 1715. Most sell for between $2,500 and $50,000.

The owner of one of the world’s greatest booze collections rarely partakes in its pleasures—in other words, he doesn’t get high on his own supply. So when Bay van der Bunt, an eccentric antiques dealer turned spirits collector, pours two different cognacs distilled in 1848 into glasses in front of me, he’s making a rare exception. “I have a glass of cognac and I’m not it. I buy to it.”

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