This rather fancy bottle of whisky has fetched a British record price at an online auction – selling for £65,210.
The Scottish-distilled Macallan cost £3,000 when it was first bottled in 2006 but caught the eye of a Taiwanese bidder.
Auctioneers Whisky Online claim the hefty price tag is further evidence of people looking for alternative investments.
“It is becoming a popular investment and currently it is the third best commodity in the world – if you buy whisky, it will never go down in value,” said Harrison Ormerod, of Whisky Online.
“At a recent exhibition we took two bottles of whisky, together worth £20,000 and we had customers who travelled from as far as the Far East – just to taste it.”
Harrison says the Macallan bottle had its value enhanced because it was presented in a hand blown Lalique glass decanter.
With 25 years’ experience behind it, the firm has a reputation for its knowledge of unusual whiskies – which they sell on with 5% commission.
“The whiskies are readily available and are selling at reasonable prices and at the moment we are recommending people to buy Glendronach,” added Ormerod.
“A 30-year-old Glendronach can be bought for £500 to £600 at the moment – while a Macallan would be £2,000.
“The distilleries both specialise in sherry casks which are difficult to get hold of now.”
A second Macallan, a 1928 50-year-old whisky, finished up at £25,100 – again a new record price – even without a box and not in tip-top condition.