The Macallan Breaks a Sotheby’s Record

RECORD-BREAKING AUCTION. The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection was recently sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong for over US$993,000

The Macallan already holds the official Guinness world-record price for a single bottle of whisky sold at auction back in 2014, and now the distiller may be a contender for highest-priced whiskey collection. Recently at a Sotheby’s Auction in Hong Kong, the highly priced The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection that features six single malts aged from 50 to 65 years old set in an exclusive series of limited edition decanters made by master French crystal maker Lalique was sold for close to one million dollars.

The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection had been estimated before the auction to go as high as $525,000, but the addition of the ebony display cabinet by Lalique and especially serial numbered whisky glasses to commemorate the partnership between Lalique and The Macallan seem to have increased the bids dramatically. Autographs of the masters behind the collection are also included inside the cabinet and the lucky owner of the collection has the option to have his or her own name engraved within it as well.

Ken Grier, creative director for The Macallan, said, “This remarkable conclusion to The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars series is a symbol of the strength behind our long-standing partnership and our unwavering commitment to going beyond the ordinary. To achieve this outstanding price at auction is testament to the quality, detail and absolute skill and mastery of the Lalique craftsmen and our expert whisky makers and we are proud that this work of art has secured a wonderful contribution to Asian charities.”

Silvio Denz, chairman and CEO of Lalique, added, “The unprecedented price achieved for The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection reflects the exceptional nature of the piece – a complete one-off and highly collectable work of art which marries the two houses. Masters in their respective fields, Lalique and The Macallan, are joined by mutual respect and an unwavering commitment to craft, artistry and beauty. Since our partnership first began in 2005, it has achieved a number of world-record prices at auction, and we are delighted to provide both The Macallan and Lalique connoisseurs the opportunity to own something truly remarkable whilst contributing to Asian charities.”

Although the lucky owner of the almost million dollar The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection has been highly disclosed, the charities set to receive funding from the proceeds of the auction include those which benefit disadvantaged people in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, by supporting them with logistics and skills to help them back into employment and medical requirements.