Thursday, October 24, 2019

Bottle of Macallan Scotch whisky from cask considered 'the Holy Grail' sells at auction for record-breaking $1.9 MILLION

The Macallan 60 Year Old 1926 sold for more than £1 million more than its guide price when it went under the hammer in London today

The Macallan 60 Year Old 1926 had been issued a guide price of £350k-£450k
  • The bottle formed part of a whisky collection worth an estimated £4 million 
  • The collector is selling 467 bottles and nine casks of highly collectible whisky  
    A single bottle of the 'holy grail' of whisky has sold at auction for a record £1.5 million, Sotheby's has said.
    The bottle of The Macallan 60 Year Old 1926 had been estimated to sell for between £350,000 and £450,000 ahead of its auction in London on Thursday.
    It is part of a collection of Scotch whisky described as the most valuable to be offered at auction, and expected to sell for around £4 million in total.
    The Ultimate Whisky Collection, the auction house's first offering of spirits from a single owner, comprises 394 lots, 467 bottles and nine casks.
    The company claims it is the most comprehensive collection of Scotch whisky to come to the market from a private seller - a wine collector who turned to Scotland's national drink.
    The man spent his youth in the UK but now lives in America and built his collection with the help of US-based whisky specialist Jonathan Read.
    Whiskies from Bowmore, Highland Park and The Macallan distilleries became his focus, with Sotheby's describing the original label 60-year-old The Macallan 1926 from cask number 263 as the holy grail of whisky.
    The cask produced only 40 bottles.

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