Friday, 25 July 2014 | MYT 6:25 PM

Buy world's biggest ketchup bottle for only RM1.6mil

Want a giant order of fries with that?

A water tower shaped like a 51.8m-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, according to its owner on July 23. But fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, may be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found.

Bethel-Eckert Enterprises had used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for US$500,000 (RM1,589,896), says co-owner Larry Eckert.

All the catsup AKA ketchup you'll ever need and it only costs RM1.6mil. It's a bargain, really.

The red-and-white tower was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks ketchup, according to catsupbottle.com, the website of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle fan club. The red-and-white tower was restored in 1995 with funds from volunteers, says Eckert, who hopes a buyer will preserve the bottle.

But not every Illinois historic landmark has been saved, said Mike Gassmann, who calls himself the “Big Tomato” and helps run the fan club. “I don’t even like to think about that,” Gassmann says in an interview with the St. Louis Fox television affiliate. Collinsville, home to the annual Catsup Bottle festival, is about 24km from St. Louis. — Reuters

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