The Macallan M broke records recently when a rare 6 liter version of the Scotch whisky sold for US $628,000 at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The auction commemorated the global launch of M. Four 6 liter decanters were created by LALIQUE, the largest they’ve ever made. Each decanter required the work of 17 craftsmen, including two with the prestigious title, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, with each taking over 50 hours to complete.
Of the four, two will be archived by The Macallan and one has been committed to a private collector in Asia. The fourth, Constantine (named, as are the other three, after Roman emperors), uniquely features the engraved autographs of the three principal creators – LALIQUE/Silvio Denz, Fabien Baron and Bob Dalgarno. This highly collectable creation was made available as part of the Finest and Rarest Wines and The Macallan auction by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on Saturday, 18 January 2014.
The previous record was set in New York in 2010, also by The Macallan, with The Macallan 64 years old in LALIQUE Cire Perdue which sold for US$460,000.
Thankfully, the net proceeds of the auction were donated to local Hong Kong charities.