Because they can

When one sees a world-record feat or object paraded in front of them, the common question is, was that accomplished because it needed to be or because it can be?

Take your choice when it comes to Maximus, the world's largest bottle of wine. It was auctioned off at Sotheby's in New York the other day, essentially attracting a crowd because of its size -- a 1,200-glass capacity.

It was created by Czech craftsmen and glassblowers (glass engineer and artist Charles Parriott is shown standing on the far left of the photo) to mark the 25th anniversary of the Morton's steakhouse chain.

Maximus was certified back in June by the usual suspects at the Guinness Book of World Records. The bottle is 4 1/2 feet high and weighs 340 pounds and, thus, is the world's largest bottle. It contains private reserve cabernet sauvignon from the Beringer Vineyards in California.

It took a year to make the bottle, from concept to finish. The first mold was made by a firm near Prague in the Czech Republic. The first bottle-blowing attempt, done in England, didn't work out. A second, and successful, attempt was carried out in the Czech Republic, historically known for its fine glassmaking companies.

The Sotheby's auction fetched $56,000 for the wine-filled bottle, with proceeds going to charity.

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