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Move over Mark Cuban: the Boston Bruins want to show you how to celebrate. After winning Lord Stanley's Cup last Wednesday, the black and gold filled it with style, popping the cork on a 30 liter bottle of Armand de Brignac’s Ace Of Spades Champagne. The bottle, which Forbes reporter Steve Bertoni met face to face during his undercover adventures in Las Vegas, cost the Bruins $100,000 – before tax and tip. As Bertoni puts it, the bottle easily costs more than a Porsche.
The Bruins’ bubbly was bought at Shrine nightclub in the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on Saturday night and was hand delivered by the club’s three owners. It likely took all three to lift the bottle, which is made of solid gold and weighs upwards of 100 pounds. A thirty liter bottle of champagne is typically referred to as a Melchizedek, but the monstrous Ace of Spades is more often referred to by its well-deserved nickname, “Midas.”
Armand de Brignac’s Ace of Spades has been in the celebratory spotlight recently, as billionaire Mark Cuban reportedly splurged for a 15 liter bottle after his Dallas Mavericks won the NBA finals. That bottle was said to cost $90,000; Cuban may be steamed to find out that he was overshadowed (and that he overpaid). At the time, Cuban told the New York Post that the champagne was "worth every penny."
Armad de Brignac has already posted photo galleries of the Mavericks and Bruins celebrating with their respective bottles of Ace of Spades on its Facebook page. Boston.com also has a great picture of the Bruins’ impressive bar tab, which rang up to over $156,000. The wait staff was likely pleased with their $25,000 tip.
The Midas bottle was signed by the Bruins players in attendance, and will be auctioned at a later date to benefit the Bruins foundation.