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Whisky Advocate: Macallan Six Pillars Highlights Sotheby’s “Timeless Collection” Sale

September 15, 2022

Sotheby’s New York is set to auction what it says is the highest-value whisky collection ever to be sold in a single auction in the U.S. That’s not to say this is the largest ever: more sizable collections have been broken up and sold in different locations. But this collection, built over many years by an anonymous California-based collector, has been valued at $1.55-$2.15 million and includes over 60 bottles aged 50 years old or above. Bidding is open online, and will conclude with a live auction on September 23 at 10am EDT.

The highlight of the sale is a complete six-bottle set of the Macallan Six Pillars Collection (Est. $400,000–$600,000), including a bespoke burr elm display podium, and a “Lalique experience” consisting of a stay at Villa Rene Lalique in Alsace and dining at its two Michelin Star restaurant for the winning bidder and a guest.

There are plenty of less expensive whiskies included as well; the 497 lots, consisting of 565 bottles, have a median lot estimate of $1,000–$1,300. Single malt Scotches from 44 different distilleries are represented among the 512 bottles of Scotch whisky. Islay is the most abundant whisky region in this sale with 36% of the bottles, followed by 24% from Speyside and 15% from Campbeltown. Time and age are dominant themes throughout, with the bottles aged 50 years or older originating from 18 single malt Scotch distilleries. More than 80 bottles come from eight closed distilleries in Scotland and Japan. Overall, many of Sotheby’s estimates look rather cautious, so bidders can expect a number of the lots to exceed their high estimates. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

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