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I have a sealed rare Kalashnikov AK-47 bottle of vodka serial number 12 out of 13,000; location United States.  It is in it's original wooden box with pamphlet.  What's the value of this item??

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Hi Cody

It's worth whatever you can get someone else to pay for it.  It currently sells in Europe for about $200 retail...but it's a collectors item, and it isn't really available for sale here in the US much.  

I've seen bottles on ebay for more than that...but I don't know if they ever sold.

Bear in mind that it is illegal for private citizens to sell alcoholic beverages in the USA--you have to work through a licensed auction house or retailer, and they will take a big commission.  You might be smarter to trade it to a retailer in return for credit to buy something you really want from them....but they will only offer you a good deal if they have a ready buyer at hand.

Hope that helps, and that it gives you some perspective.

Paul Wagner  

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I have spent most of my adult life eating and drinking throughout the world, and can usually remember some of it! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about food and drink on the air.

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30 years in the business.

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I have taught at Napa Valley College for the past 20 years.

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Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Company, The Court of Master Sommeliers, Constellation Wines, The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Vinitaly, Napa County Agricultural Commissioner.

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