The most desirable 50-year-old has turned out to be The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection, with a bespoke display platform and an exclusive experience offered directly from Lalique. Sotheby’s offered a set of limited-edition bottles from the Speyside distillery. The winner took home the Six Pillars Collection, made up of six fabulous Lalique Crystal decanters containing whiskies from 50 to 65 years old, for $600,000. Sotheby’s roped in consultant Mark Littler to bring these whiskies to the auction.
The collector, an avid whisky enthusiast, shared, “Whisky has been a passion of mine for many years. While I collect many things, cars, watches and art included, whisky has always been something that has held my attention. I will be sad to part with this collection, but it felt like the time was right for it to find a new home. I have still held back some of my favorite bottles to enjoy over the next few years.”
The half-a-century-old bottles mark a decade of collaboration between the distillery and the French crystal maker, making it an excellent memento of an exemplary partnership between stalwarts. Part of the set was The Macallan 50-Year-Old, released in 2005. Another 55-year-old Macallan was released in 2007, along with The Macallan 57-Year-Old, released in 2009. The rest were more than 60 years old, released in 2011, a Macallan 62 Year Old celebrating the Easter Elchies House, and the Macallan 65 Year Old released in 2016.