Rare collection of Macallan set to go under the hammer

By Robert Mann contact

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Shock value: an unprecedented amount of rare Macmallan whiskies are set to be sold at auction
Shock value: an unprecedented amount of rare Macmallan whiskies are set to be sold at auction
Over 1,150 bottles of whisky, including an unprecedented amount of Macallan whisky, are to be sold at auction.

Live from 5pm today (12 July) until 8pm on 21 July, the Just Whisky July online auction features rare Macallan whiskies and includes a bottle of the distillery’s oldest expression to date – a 72-year-old single malt bottled in a Lalique crystal decanter.

Also available for bidding will be an “extremely rare” bottle of Macallan ‘The New Range Rover’.

Released in the mid-nineties – to celebrate the launch of the new P38 Range Rover – the sought after bottle is now worth more than the car itself.

Other whiskies included in the auction are the 50-year-old 1949 bottled in a specially commissioned Caithness glass Millennium decanter, the 1948 Select Reserve and the 52-year-old.

The 52-year-old variant set a new Just Whisky auction record last month, selling for a staggering £58,000.

Huge value

Graham Crane, director at Just Whisky, told of his excitement ahead of the auction.

“Every now and then an auction line-up comes along that has collectors and aficionados on the edge of their seats with excitement – this is one of those times,” an enthused Crane said.

“We are delighted to offer such high quality lots in July’s auction which includes some incredibly rare bottles which you won’t find at retail or in the resale market for years.”

According to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index – which tracks the performance of collectable assets – the market for rare and unique bottles has seen “phenomenal growth” over the past 10 years, both in terms of whisky being traded and the value of that whisky.

Return on investment

Furthermore, their research uncovered that top Scottish whiskies have risen in value by 40% and provided investors with a return of almost 600% over a decade.

Crane added that rare whisky is the “best place” to put your money on for the best return.

He said: “The price for Macallan has gone through the roof with demand resulting in new, age statement releases being sold for tens of thousands of pounds more than the original retail price and non-age statement selling for up to 800% more than the retail price within a month.

“We are thrilled to be recognised by our sellers as the number one auction for rare Macallan and we are looking forward to seeing the bids pour in.”

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