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Coke refutes man’s claim he found secret cola formula

Posted at 12:05 PM, May 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-14 13:26:19-04

ATLANTA (WXIA) - An Atlanta-area man said he may have hit the jackpot. He said he found an old recipe that could be the original one for Coca-Cola. However, officials at the soft drink giant dismissed the claim. They said the original recipe is locked away.

"People want a Coca-Cola but the only place they can get it is from Coca-Cola. This particular formula is just one of the dozens that have popped up over the years trying to imitate the flavor of Coca-Cola," Coca-Cola Archivist Ted Ryan said.

The company issued a statement that said the real formula is "safely tucked away in a vault at the world of Coca-Cola in Atlanta."

Antique hunter Cliff Kluge said he found the recipe at an estate sale. He's put the recipe up for auction on eBay.

"I put it down for an initial bid of $5 million and a 'Buy Now' bid of 15 million," he said.

So far there have been no takers.