Whisky Magazine Issue 118
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Raising the bar at auction
The Macallan have broken the world record for the most expensive whisky bottle ever sold at live auction. The six litre Macallan ‘M' Constantine sold for a hammer price of £316,000 at Sotheby's, Hong Kong trumping the previous record held by The Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique Cire Perdue since 2010. Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno selected rare casks from 1940s – 1990s to create this non-age statement vatting. Despite January's reputation for a sleepy month in the auction calendar, this record price has raised the bar considerably. Not even three weeks into the year, this is likely to be the top bottle of 2014 and keep ‘you know who' at the top of the WMI. It will take a remarkable feat for another distillery to take this record from The Macallan. Can it be done?
The Macallan currently have eight bottlings in the list of the top 25 highest prices paid for a bottle of whisky at live auction. Although the Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique Cire Perdue substantially increased the record, it held on to it for the shortest time of recent record holders. Prior to The Macallan, Bowmore held the record for 1,510 days for the £25,000 sale of the 19th century Mutter Bowmore in 2007. Before that, we must go back to 2002 for the £22,000 sale of The Dalmore Kildermorie 62 Years Old.
McTear's, Glasgow were the only auction house braving a live whisky sale in January, but wisely, not until payday loomed. Undeterred, Black Bowmore 2nd Edition set a new record price at £3,...