We're used to paying around one dollar per soda bottle or can, so how impressive can a list of most expensive sodas in the world really be? Two words: unique antiques. Believe it or not, many individuals collect soda cans either for passion or projected future profit. These people are looking for a one of a kind soda can or a bottle that can bring their collection to a whole new level. Just like any collector, the older the product is, the more value it has. Why? Because it's rare.
The following list of sodas are either currently on the market, or have already been sold and made history as one of the most expensive soda cans in the world. It won't surprise many that Coca Cola, with its consistently ingenious marketing campaigns and instantly recognizable brand, emerges as one of the most valuable soda companies today. Collectible cans from the company range from $150+ all the way to the most expensive can on our list, which - as you'll see - is an eye watering amount. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a collectible coke can, we'd strongly suggest holding on to it! Pass on the happiness, share this with your friends: Who knows, someone might be sipping on a gold-mine without knowing!
10 10. Coca Cola 1997 prototype cans from TV commercial, $750
Not only do they look adorable, but they are also one of a kind. These prototypes from a TV commercial back in the 1990s are currently for sale on Ebay at $750 for the package. As you can see from the packaging, they look fairly different from the ones we currently have, in 2014. Although we are familiar with the intentional dent in the middle, from water bottles, it's doubtful you've ever had the chance to drink coca-cola from a can designed like this.
9 9. 1993 Mexico Acapulco McDonald's Coca Cola Bottle, $1,000
Mexican Coca Cola with a McDonald's stamp on it, what more could collectors want? This rare find is for sale at $1,000 on Ebay, with the value coming from its original, unopened condition. Still, at $1K we're guessing it won't be swiped up any time soon.
8 10 Indian Sachin Tendulkar Coca Cola, $1,399
Indian Coca-Cola looks so colorful, you might just want to spend $139 per can. With the seller offering free shipping worldwide, buying these can truly be a great investment for the future; they can be used for pretty decorations in the house or can be kept for long-term value increase.
7 Pepsi-Cola Taiwan Michael Jackson Dangerous World Tour 1993, $2,500
Who would have thought that Pepsi ever collaborated with Coca Cola? Only for Michael Jackson. The Pop King will remain in our hearts forever, which is why this Taiwan Michael Jackson Dangerous Tour special edition can from 1993 is currently selling online for $2,500. The seller was kind enough to include a rare ticket from the singer's tour in Taiwan as well. With Michael Jackson fans looking for new ways to remember their idol, this can and ticket package will surely sell quickly!
6 Antique USSR Siphon Sodas, $3,900
Is it a bomb or is it an awesome soda can design? This vintage Soviet Russian Siphon is currently for sale at $3,900 and makes the list of most expensive sodas in the world. The can has been emptied and used by the seller before putting it for auction online, therefore the new owner will have the possibility to get creative and fill up this strong-looking can with whatever beverage he or she may please... Though this might be a better fit for a museum than for your lunch box.
5 3 Vintage Pepsi-Cola Cans From The ’50s, SOLD $5,995
Sold at $5,995 on Ebay, these three rare Pepsi-Cola cans are definitely worth mentioning. The design alone is visually interesting: All three bottles were originally designed in the 1950s, so the seller clearly knew what he was doing when he decided to hold on to them. The advert doesn't specify if they're unopened, but the lack of bottle cap on the first two bottles indicates that the seller enjoyed the delicious soda beforehand.
4 Antique Kiesener Swiss Apple Juice from 1942, $7,950
Vintage soda bottles will always command a high price. Although few of us will be able to say what Kiesener Swiss Apple Juice would taste or smell like if opened, we can guess that the value here lies in the fact of the bottle's age and that it hasn't yet been opened. At $7,950, you'd hope that the value of this investment would increase as the years go on - as long as you can resist opening it.
3 6 100th Anniversary Laredo Coca Cola Bottling Co, $11,000
Six identical, unopened bottles of Laredo Coca Cola Bottling Co. are currently selling for $11,000 on Ebay. They've never been opened or altered, and the value lies in their rarity. At $1,833 per bottle, these are more expensive than your average fine vintage wine - we wonder if Coca Cola ages as well as liquor, though?
2 Coca-Cola Factory Error Unopened Can, SOLD $250,000
If you suspected the sellers on this list are just plain crazy, then this can is evidence that they're not: This can was actually sold for $250,000 on Ebay. So yes, there are actually people buying these rare cans. It's a good investment for the savvy businessman though, mostly because its worth will increase over time. If it's worth $250,000 in 2014, how much will it be worth in 2024? Is Coca Cola even going to make factory errors then?
1 Coca Cola Can Factory Error, $281,000
Coca Cola takes the first place with a $281,000 factory error can. This unopened and untouched error can from Coca Cola is currently for sale on Ebay for $281,000. The can is also one of the most recent on our list, as the Brasil Fifa World Cup logo is visible on the side. Why buy a house when you could buy a mistake? Who knows how much it will be worth in the future though, especially if people start drinking healthier alternatives.