Most Expensive Whisky Ever Sold Auctioned by Sothebys

By Olivia Cuccaro

One devoted whisky connoisseur has expanded their collection by six decanters – at a price of nearly seven figures. Last week, Sotheby’s “Finest & Rarest Wines and The Macallan” auction in Hong Kong saw the sale of The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection for a striking $993,000. Initially estimated at an offer between $250,000 and $525,000, the collaboration between French crystal maker Lalique and Scotch whisky The Macallan broke a world record to become the most expensive whisky ever sold at auction.

Housed in a bespoke natural ebony cabinet crafted by Lalique Maison, The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection includes six crystal decanters containing the rarest of The Macallan’s single malts. All aged at least 50 years, the collection comprises the Exceptional Oak Cask 50 Years Old, Natural Color 55 Years Old, Finest Cut 57 Years Old, Curiously Small Stills 60 Years Old, Spiritual Home 62 Years Old and Peerless Spirit 65 Years Old. The Legacy Collection also holds six Macallan Fine and Rare vintage miniatures from 1937, 1938 and 1939 as well as six pairs of serial-numbered Lalique Macallan glasses.

The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars collection represents a decade-long partnership between The Macallan and Lalique that comes to a close with this final sale. Previously, The Macallan worked with Sothebys on other world record auctions of the series in 2010 and 2014. In November 2010, The Macallan 64 Years old in Lalique Cire Perdue Decanter was sold in New York for $460,000. In January 2014, the Imperial M Decanter proved even more valuable, selling in Hong Kong for $628,000.

All net proceeds of the auction are set to fund charities supplying food, medical support and employment services to the disadvantaged population in Hong Kong and greater Asia. The charities benefiting from the sale include Community Organization, Foodlink Foundation, Crossroads Foundation, Watsi and One Sky Foundation.

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