Of all specialty collections in the world, the most intoxicating, almost literally, is the collection of 'liquid gold' or rare whisky bottles. Throughout history, some for historic occasions, some for rarity, and some or famous ownership have managed to command premium prices during their sale events. One such brand is Macallan, which has sold some famous bottles like the 1962 James Bond Skyfall, 1926 Macallan bottled in 1986, and also a 50-year old Fine Oak bottle which exchanged hands in the biggest whisky sale a few years back. Now a 1951 edition bottle, for which the whisky was distilled in 1926, has found itself a new collector for a price tag of $40,460 including the the buyer's premium. At the Bonham's Whisky, Cognac & Rare Spirits Auction, some other significant labels fetched premium prices, which took the premium up to 91% above the pre-auction estimate.
The star attraction of the lot was the 1951 Bottle of Macallan (750 ml) which commanded the $40,460 price tag. The buyers in the United States showed a very keen interest in the lot and the premium of whiskies and cognacs were actually picked up by them. However, there were some bidders on the online forum from the East Asia, Australia, UK, and even Scandinavia who participated in auction event.
One other significant bottle from the Macallan brand, was the Lalique, which commanded $15,470. The reason other than the rare whisky, is the designing of the Lalique crystal decanter with the driven cork at the top. Makes for ideal placement on one's showcase.
There was also a bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl, which we had spoken off last year. The cognac inside, certainly one of the finest one would get, is a blend of 1200 eaux de vie between 40 and 100 years-old, and then aged in tiercons ‘ancient oak barrels’. The beverage was then bottled in 800 limited edition handcrafted Baccarat crystal bottles, which will be seen each year. This was one of the rare 800 bottles seen at a public auction. It sold for $21,240 at this auction.