A bottle of Macallan 50 year-old in a crystal decanter made by French glassmaker Lalique is included in the first of two sales of whisky to take place before Christmas at Bonhams Edinburgh.

This is the first release of the famous Lalique Six Pillars Collection, and is estimated at a likely selling price of £60,000-80,000.

Bonhams Whisky specialist in Edinburgh Martin Green said: “This is one of the most interesting and wide ranging collections of The Macallan to come to auction for some years; to own just one of these bottles would be a dream come true for most whisky collectors. The owner also enjoyed drinking The Macallan, so there are many younger bottles, at more modest estimates, which filled up his well-stocked bar and cellar. We are selling the bulk of the 70 strong collection on October 7th, with the remainder offered in our sale on December 9th.”

Georgia Porteous of Bonhams with the Lalique bottle of Macallan PHOTO ©2020 The Edinburgh Reporter

The sale also offers rare bottles from other collectors including:

  • The Macallan Lalique-57 year old.  Numbered 305 or 400 from the Third of The Lalique Six Pillars Collection it is estimated at£30,000-45,000.
  • A complete set of Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1952-1994 offered in a number of discreet lots ranging from Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1952-1959 estimated at £34,000-39,000 to Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1990-1994 estimated at £4,000-4,750.
  • Bowmore Dynasty-31 year old in an Atlantis crystal decanter. Number 124 of 500, it has a sterling silver casing with gilt mounted medallions of the monarchs of The Royal House of Stewart.  Estimated at £4,500-5,000.