Sold for $687 last September 2001 at the Christie’s Auction held in London was a seemingly ordinary 10-cm Cadbury chocolate bar. It was wrapped in a cigarette tin and remained uneaten for 100 years. This piece of chocolate was among the choco and cacao supplies Captain Robert Scott took with him on his first (successful) trip to the Antarctic.
This may be rubbish (and vomit-inducing) to the uninformed but the anonymous bidder saw the value in its epic history. It’s hard to put a price on a piece of sweets that has gone through a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to the South Pole. Wouldn’t you want to own it?
I know I would. Then I’d definitely try to sniff remnants of the mysterious Antarctica from its cover. You’d be surprised how something as trivial as a chocolate bar can bring back memories of perilous journeys. Captain Scott and his mates braved the ferocious seas and storms of the Antarctic with this sweet treat tucked inside one of their bags.
If a chocolate bar can spark this sort of imagination, it’s so easy to find bidders who are willing to pay the price. After all, it’s a powerful reminder of man’s perseverance and endless pursuit of dreams - no matter how impossible they seem to be.
But think twice before you hand this legendary piece of chocolate to your significant other. A real chocoholic will not appreciate this unusual offering. Instead, you can give her or him the most extravagant confection (absolutely edible and delicious): the La Madeline au Truffle by Fritz Knipschildt. It’s also a lot cheaper than the auction-winning chocolate: just $250.