Cafe 33, a Copenhagen bar, is home to over 1,200 vodka bottles and one extremely valuable bottle of vodka. Or it was until a masked thief sneaked into the bar and escaped with the bottle that was said to be worth $1.3 million.
The surveillance video (below) shows a masked man searching the bar's shelves with a flashlight, spotting the vodka bottle, and darting out with it on Jan. 2.
"It's the most expensive vodka bottle in the world," said Leonard F. Yankelovich, the owner of the bottle -- a vessel made of 6.6 pounds of gold and silver featuring a diamond-encrusted cap in the shape of a Russian imperial eagle. According to The New York Times, the bottle was created by Dartz Motorz, a car manufacturer in Latvia, and ornamented with a leather ribbon from the company's first Monte Carlo rally car in 1912. It is a coveted relic. The vodka bottle has even appeared in the third season of Netflix's "House of Cards."
The bottle, formally called the "Dartz and Russo-Baltique vodka bottle," had been borrowed and placed by Brian Ingberg, owner of Cafe 33, as an indefinite loan from Yankelovich, who believed the theft was a New Year's joke. But he had a strong feeling the bottle would return. "I trust the god of vodka," Yankelovich told The New York Times.
The theft made headlines to Ingberg's dismay, who wished to keep the bottle a secret. By Jan. 5, however, the police announced that the million-dollar vodka bottle had been found -- broken and empty -- in an affluent community of Charlottenlund in Denmark's capital. The Copenhagen police announced in a Twitter post that the bottle was currently being examined for any leads.
Ingberg described the vodka, which is made with snow from the French Alps, to The New York Times, calling it "very tasty," and "smooth and round." The expensive bottle -- which has more to do with the materials used -- is dented, but remains safe and sound. The contents, on the other hand, have been promised to be refreshed by Yankelovich.