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Rare Scotch whisky sells for $54,000

Published:  23 July, 2008

A bottle of whisky has sold for $54,000 (26,500) at a Christie's New York auction.

The bottle of 1926 Macallan, which was sold at the first liquor auction held in New York since Prohibition began in the 1920s, was purchased by an anonymous bidder.

The whisky was distilled in Macallan, Scotland in 1926, bottled in 1986 and then rebottled in 2002.

There were 100 lots in total at the auction with $304,800 (149,000) worth of wine and spirits sold overall.

Most expensive lot of the day was an extensive collection of 729 whisky bottles, which sold for $102,000 (50,000).

Richard Brierley, Head of Wine and Spirits for Christie's America, was asked at a press conference prior to the auction whether a purchaser would dare to drink such an expensive whisky, reports Reuters.

He responded: "Absolutely. Something like this is bullet-proof. Unlike fine wines, which really after being opened are really something that should be consumed that night.

"These whiskeys can be enjoyed for years. You can open it up, have some, close the bottle and enjoy it again at your leisure. It's not going to spoil."

The auction took place at Rockfeller Galleries in midtown New York.