Bonhams, Hong Kong whisky auction 2017: The Macallan Lalique Six Pillars Collection

Featuring six crystal decanters designed by Lalique and containing rare single malts from The Macallan, the collection is estimated at HK$3,600,000-4,600,000.

Aug 16, 2017 | By Pameyla Cambe

Love whisky and have half a million dollars to spare? You might want to get your wallets ready. On August 18 Bonhams, Hong Kong will be auctioning off the holy grail of single malt Scotch: The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection at One Pacific Plaza.

Born out of a collaboration between The Macallan and Lalique, the Six Pillars collection comprises of six crystal decanters beautifully sculpted by the French crystal atelier. The decanters are just as exquisite on the inside as they are on the outside; each bottle contains some of the rarest single malts from Macallan, finely aged between 50 to 65 years.

The individual bottles are highly coveted on their own, which makes this complete set a real prize for any whisky collector. It’s got a price tag to match: the Six Pillars collection is expected to fetch HK$3,600,000 — 4,600,000 (US$461,000-589,000) at the upcoming auction by the luxury auction house.

If things get competitive — after all, The Macallan is one of the world’s most popular Scotch whisky brands at auctions — the price might just double up to a million dollars. That’s exactly what happened at Sotheby’s sale of the set in Hong Kong last April, where it became the most expensive lot of whisky ever auctioned off at US$993,000.

If you luck out, you can also check out The Macallan’s other offerings at the Bonhams Whisky Sale, such as the single Macallan Millennium Decanter (estimated at HK$210,000-250,000) and a vertical series of The Macallan, 40 bottles distilled between 1958 and 2006 (estimated at HK$600,000-800,000).

Another highlight worth looking out for at the auction is a collection of whiskies bottled in the 1970s and ’80s for the Conti Brothers grocery store in Sacramento. The collection, which boasts 15 single malts from the likes of The Macallan, Glenfarclas, Highland Park and Longmorn, is estimated at HK$220,000-260,000.

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