The $50,000 Beer Can

Gibbons Bock Beer Can

And I thought paying $1,000 or more for an iPhone was ridiculous.

Chicago-business-man Adolf Grenke, who has been pulling beer cans out of gutters and collecting them for more than 40 years, plans to auction off his entire collection of cans and vintage beer memorabilia starting tomorrow, and one of the most rare beer cans is expected to sell for somewhere in the range of $50,000.


“[T]he Grenke collection includes as many as 500 highly collectible vintage beer cans. The can collection is regarded as one of the finest collections of its kind ever assembled, with some of the cans expected to sell for $20,000 to $60,000 each.

“The collection also includes over 400 beer taps – with many expected to realize more than $1,000 each – and a bevy of colorful advertising signs. Highlights include over 50 Gillco glass light-up signs, and two examples of late-19th-century Anheuser-Busch signs of such rarity that they are not even represented in the famed St. Louis brewery’s archive.”

The can that’s expected to pull in around $50,000, according to Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions, the company that’s holding the auction, is a Gibbons Bock Beer can. Morphy says the Gibbons Bock can is “the most desirable of all bock beer cans.”

I’d rather have a can of Baxter Stowaway I.P.A.


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3 thoughts on “The $50,000 Beer Can

  1. […] The $50,000 Beer Can | Urban Beer Nerd Posted on September 20, 2012 In Beer Leave a comment /* […]

  2. Nitch says:

    But wait… 50,000 for an EMPTY can of beer?

    • Urban Beer Nerd says:

      I’m not really sure if it’s empty or not, though I assume it is. Either way, paying $50,000 for that shit is absurd.


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