Dr. Pepper: Origins (Artifact with original formula bought for $200)


Son of Liberty
DALLAS – Poking through antiques stores while traveling through the Texas Panhandle, Bill Waters stumbled across a tattered old ledger book filled with formulas.

He bought it for $200, suspecting he could resell it for five times that. Turns out, his inkling about the book's value was more spot on than he knew. The Tulsa, Okla., man eventually discovered the book came from the Waco, Texas, drugstore where Dr Pepper was invented and includes a recipe titled "D Peppers Pepsin Bitters."

Dr Pepper artifact may reveal soft drink's origin
Wow isnt that insane? Just the luck though. I'd love to be able to stumble upon some sort of goldmine like that. Sorta reminds me of the lady that was cleaning out her basement and found that near Priceless "First" baseball card.

So he says he thinks he could sell it for 5 times what he paid for it. What do you guys think it'll go for now if its proved to be the original formula for Dr. Pepper?


The Instigator
Oh man, I bet there are quite a few people that would put up big money for that. I wouldn't be surprised if he got even more than 5 times the amount he paid.

I'm pretty money hungry :nod:.. but I probably wouldn't sell it.


Ess Tii Eph Yu
That would be something that if I had the money I would pay big money for. All I drink is Dr. Pepper and that would be the ultimate collector's item. Personally though I think I would donate it to someplace like the Smithsonian if they wanted it. It's a real piece of history that he may potentially have there.


Registered Member
Wow, what a find --> I bet the owners of that antique shop have hung themselves already. It's like giving away a winning lottery ticket.

Dr Pepper's manufacturer says the recipe is not the secret formula for the modern day soft drink, but the 8 1/2-by-15 1/2 inch book is expected to sell between $50,000 to $75,000 when it goes up for auction at Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries on May 13.


Registered Member
So at what point did Dr. Pepper recieve the adamantium fusing operation?

Yeah I went there.

But that is a pretty cool find as I sit here drinking my Dr. Pepper.


Registered Member
OMG that is an awesome find im sure he will make a decent profit from that :nod:


It's not me, it's you.
If at all possible, I would copy the recipe and make original DP to see what it tasted like, and how it compares to what it has evolved to today.