This week saw a set of six stunning crystal decanters containing the rarest of The Macallan’s single malts, aged from 50 to 65 years old, sold in an auction at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong for US$993,000. The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection was listed in Sotheby’s “Finest & Rarest Wines and The Macallan” as the world’s only complete collection, official and direct from The Macallan.
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-10 priced bottles sold at auction; eight out of 10 sales being decanters from The Macallan in Lalique series. Following more than a decade of collaboration, the sought-after collection marks the grand finale in the prestigious Six Pillars odyssey—an exclusive series of limited-edition decanters by The Macallan with master French crystal maker Lalique.
The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection comes in a bespoke natural ebony cabinet created by Lalique Maison and carved with autographs of the masters behind the collection. The Legacy Collection include six pairs of Lalique Macallan glasses, each serial numbered to commemorate the unique partnership, also with six Macallan Fine and Rare miniatures; two from each of the 1937, 1938 and 1939 vintages. Buyers can have their own name to be engraved in the bottle as well.
The Macallan also has a strong relationship with Sotheby’s—both have previously worked together on its world record auctions, including The Macallan 64 Years old in Lalique Cire Perdue Decanter in 2010 and the Imperial M Decanter in 2014.
Speaking about the auction, Ken Grier, Creative Director for The Macallan, said that the remarkable conclusion to The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars series was a symbol of the strength behind their long-standing partnership and their unwavering commitment to going beyond the ordinary.
Meanwhile, from Sotheby’s Asia, Robert Sleigh, who serves as the Senior Director also adds that it was an honour for Sotheby’s to work with The Macallan and Lalique once again that combines the exemplary artisanal skills of both parties to produce the once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire such a rare collectable item.
All net proceeds of the auctions will be donated to Hong Kong based and other Asian charities which benefit disadvantaged people in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, by supporting them with food needs, skills to help them back into employment and medical requirements.