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Macallan 50 Year Old Sets UK Auction Record

6th August 2019
The Macallan 50 Year Old 1949 Millennium Decanter set a new UK auction record.

The Macallan 50 Year Old 1949 Millennium DecanterFollowing an extended nail biting finish to Just Whisky’s July auction, The Macallan 50 Year Old 1949 Millennium Decanter set a new UK auction record by achieving a 270 per cent increase on the bottle which was sold at auction in November 2015.

The 1949 Millennium Decanter, surpassed its £21,000 reserve price and pre-auction estimate of £22 – 26k, selling on the 21st July for £34,720 including buyer’s commission.r> The Macallan 72 Year Old in Lalique headed up the auction and sold for an incredible £90,750. The retail price last year was $60,000 (£45,800 at the time USD>GBP) netting the seller £45,000 profit.

The online auction contained over 1150 bottles of whisky. The top bids included:

The Macallan Range Rover bottle absolutely smashed through the reserve price of £900 and pre-auction estimate of £1,000 – £1300 with a winning bid of £4,850

The Macallan 52 Year Old sold for £59,500 (£66,640 including buyer’s premium), a £21,500 increase over the retail price.

Graham Crane, Director at Just Whisky, said: "We knew from the outset that this was going to be a special auction and last night’s figures demonstrated beyond doubt that there remains high demand for exceptional whiskies.

"With prices for rare whiskies only likely to rise, savvy investors are waking up to the returns to be made in quality whisky."

You will find the current Macallan whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt but who knows if any of these bottlings will be breaking auction records in the years to come.

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