The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection, a set of six stunning crystal decanters containing the rarest of The Macallan’s single malts aged from 50 to 65 years old, was sold at USD 993,000 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction last Sunday (April 2). The sale marks “a new world record for any lot of whisky ever sold at an auction”, according to Robert Sleigh, Senior Director at Sotheby’s Asia.
Housed in a bespoke natural ebony cabinet created by Lalique Maison, The Legacy Collection also holds six Macallan Fine and Rare miniatures; two from each of the 1937, 1938 and 1939 vintages (signifying the zenith of Lalique’s contribution in the French Art Deco period) and six pairs of Lalique Macallan glasses, each serial numbered to commemorate the unique partnership between the Scotch whisky distillery and French glassmaker. Autographs of the masters behind the collection are also included inside the cabinet and allow for the buyer to have their own name engraved within it as well.
At the auction, The Macallan in Lalique Legacy collection was listed in Sotheby’s ‘Finest & Rarest Wines and The Macallan’ auction, with all net proceeds to be donated to Hong Kong based and other Asian charities.
“It has been an honour for Sotheby’s to work with The Macallan and Lalique once again in offering this unique Macallan Collection that combines the exemplary artisanal skills of both Macallan and Lalique, to produce this once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire such a rare collectable item. The enthusiasm of over ten bidders in the room, online and over the phone demonstrates the importance with which global collectors regard The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection and the significance of its direct from the distillery provenance,” Sleigh said.
Since its inception in 2005, The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars series has captured the imagination of collectors around the world. In 2014, The Macallan accounted for the top ten priced bottles sold at auction; eight out of ten sales being decanters from The Macallan in Lalique series (Whisky Magazine). In 2015, The Macallan was the most valuable whisky brand at auction, accounting for over 25% of the total value traded at auction (Rare Whisky 101).