|Jamie Ritchie, Head of Sotheby's Wine, presiding over the auction of the Cire Perdue Auction in New York.|
The Macallan Cire Perdue, 64 year aged Macallan in a one of a kind Lalique decanter, sold for a record $460,000 in a New York auction on Monday night. At Sotheby's flagship in Manhattan, an undisclosed buyer purchased the crystal decanter and its precious contents. All the proceeds will go to benefit charity: water, a non-profit that brings clean potable drinking water to communities that lack it.
The Sotheby's auction room was full and the bidding was fast and furious between those in the salon and those on the phone who coveted the unique offering. The world record for a bottle of whiskey far exceeds the previous $160,000 for a bottle of the Dalmore Trinitas earlier this year, which was the first Scotch to sell for over $100,000. For comparison purposes, in 2007 a bottle of the Macallan 1926 sold for $54,000.
|charity: water founder Scott Harrison spoke before the auction began to inspire the bidders.|
Note to the winning bidder: feel free to share a sip with me. Have thirst, will travel.
More information available at; www.charitywater.org/themacallan
Photos courtesy of M Booth & Associates.