The 10 most talked about spirits auctions

3rd April, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

 The Macallan M six-litre decanter

The-Macallan-M-ImperialeSold for: £381,620

A six-litre decanter of The Macallan M broke the Guinness World Record for the most expensive whisky to ever be sold at auction when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in January this year – fetching an astonishing £381,620 (US$628,000)

This huge bid smashed the predicted sale of £314,000 by £67,620. Weighing 16.8kg, the crystal decanter, named Constantine, was created by Lalique to commemorate the Hong Kong launch of the original The Macallan M in October 2013.

The auction scooped the “most expensive” title from another The Macallan bottling in Lalique –  The Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique Cire Perdue which sold for US$460,000 (£291,125) in 2010.

Engraved with autographs of M’s three creators – Fabien Baron, founder and creative director of Baron & Baron, Silvio Denz, president and CEO of Lalique, and Bob Dalgarno, whisky maker at The Macallan – the six litre decanter is one of four in existence. While one decanter has been sold to a private collector in Asia, a further two have been archived by The Macallan.

One Response to “The 10 most talked about spirits auctions”

  1. So many exciting spirits hitting the market, very interesting! The Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons are ones to watch as they have been exceeding estimates of late. Zachys Wine Auctions auctioned off 3 bottles of the 23 Year Old in our June 2013 live auction in New York City and the price realized was 203% above midpoint. Looking forward to seeing how spirits do in 2014.–Lydia Serrano, Zachys Wine Auctions

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