Spink Sets a Fantastic New World Record for a Whisky Cask Sold at Auction.
A full cask of Macallan whisky has been sold in Spink's Hong Kong auction for HK$2,928,000, setting a new world record for a whisky cask sold at auction. This spectacular sale has eclipsed Spink's previous record of HK$1,952,000 made in 2014.
The record-breaking sherry hogshead was filled on 13th April 1987, by the Macallan Glenlivet Distillery, and has been allowed to mature quietly in the distillery's warehouse.
Not only does that 30-year-old cask enjoy the record of the highest price realized at auction, but is also the most expensive per-bottle cask sold in auction worldwide as it only produces 288 bottles, coming to a price of HK$10,166 per-bottle.
"We estimated that it would sell for around HK$2.3-2.4mil as it is very rare to see an aged Macallan sherry cask, never before has anything like that been offered to the public, as after all - it is a rather small barrel yielding less than 300 bottles even if you flip the cask upside-down!
As the action went on, we saw determination from buyers participating from different parts of the world, and it reached a price it certainly deserves, we are most content." - Angie Ihlo Fung, Auctioneer and Whisky Specialist of Spink.
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