Giant ketchup bottle still unsold 5 months later
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The towering ketchup bottle that’s a landmark in southwestern Illinois has been up for sale for five months, and apparently no one relishes buying the emblem of roadside Americana.
Mike Gassmann of the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group tells St. Louis Public Radio there have been no buyers of the 65-year-old, 170-foot-tall landmark near Collinsville.
The item billed as the “World’s Largest Bottle of Catsup” went on sale in July at an asking price of $200,000. A nearby building once served by the tower is listed at $300,000.
The landmark replicates a bottle of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was produced in the buildings beneath the tower. The 100,000-gallon tower held water — never ketchup — and hasn’t been used since Brooks moved out in the early 1960s.
Information from: KWMU-FM, http://www.kwmu.org