The Macallan® and Lalique Break Record for Most Expensive Whisky and Crystal Decanter Ever Sold: $460,000 -– All for Charity --

Global Fundraising Tour Comes to End Raising More than $600,000 for charity: water to Provide Clean Water to Over 30,000 People

Jamie Ritchie, Head of Sotheby's Wine in the US and Asia presiding over the auction of The Macallan(R) 64 Years Old in Lalique: Cire Perdue which sold for $460,000 in NYC on Nov. 15, breaking a record for a price of whisky in a crystal decanter. All proceeds will benefit charity: water. (Photo: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--()--Yesterday evening, The Macallan® and Lalique set a record for a bottle of whisky sold at auction and all of the proceeds will go to charity: water. Coveted by bidders around the world, The Macallan® 64 Year Old in Lalique: Cire Perdue sold for $460,000 in a lively auction at Sotheby’s in New York City. This sale represents the most unique collaboration to date between The Macallan® and Lalique, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting charity: water, an organization that provides access to clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Lalique’s bespoke, one-of-a kind crystal decanter, created using the “cire perdue” or “lost wax” method, houses the oldest and rarest Macallan ever bottled by the legendary distillery, a 64-year-old single malt whisky. This remarkable combination has been on a 12-city “tour du monde” since April, and each stop along the way has raised funds and awareness for charity: water.

“We are delighted that the proceeds from this historic auction of The Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique: Cire Perdue will help fund our efforts,” said Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water. “Clean water is foundational to communities, and I’m proud to be working with these two esteemed brands to foster thriving and healthy populations worldwide.”

Since April 2010, The Macallan and Lalique have raised approximately $605,000 to benefit charity: water, a sum that will change the lives of 30,250 people ( The Cire Perdue decanter has visited the following cities worldwide, raising thousands of dollars at each event.

  • Sotheby’s NYC - $460,000 on November 15, 2010
  • Beverly Hills - $16,000 on Nov. 3, 2010
  • Osaka - ¥1,100,000 (approximately US $13,600) on Oct. 22, 2010
  • Singapore – Sg $15,000 (approximately US $11,470) on Oct. 7, 2010
  • Shanghai – ¥101,888 (approximately US $15,200) on Sept. 24, 2010
  • Taipei – NT $1,300,000 (approximately US $41,000) on Sept. 9, 2010
  • Seoul – KRW 7,000,000 (approximately US $5,900) on Aug. 11, 2010
  • Hong Kong – HK $135,000 (approximately US $17,300) on July 17, 2010
  • Moscow - R180,000 (approximately US $5,650) on May 26, 2010
  • London - ₤6,000 (approximately US $8,880) on May 10, 2010
  • Paris - €3,800 (approximately US $5,000) on April 6, 2010

About The Macallan®:

Founded in 1824, The Macallan® is one of the world’s most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles, the Six Pillars. An obsession with quality has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland. The distillery is surrounded by a 150 hectare estate, with Easter Elchies House, a Highland Manor built in 1700, at its heart. Traditionally known for maturation in Spanish oak, sherry seasoned casks, The Macallan’s range of outstanding single malts includes :Sherry Oak, matured in Spanish oak casks seasoned with sherry; Fine Oak, matured both in sherry casks of Spanish and American oak and in American oak casks seasoned with bourbon; the 1824 range, exclusive to Global Travel Retail. In addition, The Macallan is well known for its great range of vintage whiskies, dating back to 1926, and is considered the most sought after of all single malts among collectors and connoisseurs at auction. Please savour responsibly.

About Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc.

Established in 1981, Rémy Cointreau USA is a subsidiary of Rémy Cointreau, SA, charged with importing and distributing an extensive portfolio of premium and ultra premium spirits and wines. Headquartered in New York City, Rémy Cointreau USA imports and distributes various spirits and wine brands, including cognacs, brandies, liqueurs, scotches, rums, vodkas, champagnes and wines. Exclusive brands include Rémy Martin® Cognac, Cointreau® Liqueur, The Macallan® Scotch Whisky, The Famous Grouse® Scotch Whisky, Highland Park® Scotch Whisky, Mount Gay® Rum, ZU® Vodka, Metaxa® Greek Brandy, Champagne Piper-Heidsieck®, Champagne Charles Heidsieck®, Piper Sonoma® and Bearboat® Wines, among others.

About Lalique:

LALIQUE is more than just a name. It is René LALIQUE’s (1860-1945) talent, a genius destined to revolutionise the world of jewellery, beginning in 1885 with his famous "Art Nouveau" jewellery sets, true works of art, which are now highly sought-after by museums and collectors. A brilliant master glassmaker of the Art Déco movement, René LALIQUE’s creations were highly eclectic. Indeed, it was René LALIQUE, who was responsible for the great technological and commercial revolution which even today continues to influence the way bottles of perfume are created and packaged. René LALIQUE’s imagination has proved to be the source of a vast and varied collection, including bowls, vases, statuettes and perfume bottles. They were produced at the Wingen-Sur Moder factory in Alsace, opened in 1922. René Lalique’s creations belong to the international artistic and cultural patrimony. His works are displayed in more than 40 Museums worldwide including the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Lalique museum in Hakone, Japan. A Lalique museum will open in Wingen-sur-Moder, in the Alsace region of France in Spring 2011. In February 2008, the Swiss company Art & Fragrance acquired Lalique SA from the Pochet Group and Silvio Denz became Lalique’s President and CEO.

About charity: water

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing safe and clean drinking water to people in developing nations. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. charity: water gives 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years. In four years, charity: water has brought clean drinking water to over 1.4 million people in 17 countries.

About Sotheby’s

Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is a global company specialising in art auction, private sales and art-related financing activities. Founded in 1744, Sotheby's is the oldest and largest internationally recognised firm of fine art auctioneers in the world with an international network of 98 offices in 38 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas, including 17 worldwide auction centres. Nearly 1,000 sales a year are held around the world. So far 2010 has seen two record breaking sales. The Impressionist and Modern Art sale in February achieved a world record for a work of art sold at auction with Giacometti’s L’homme qui marche I selling for £65m. During the February Contemporary Art sale 21 new artist records for a work sold at auction were set. Central to Sotheby’s ability to achieve great successes is the well-established global name recognition, a reputation for knowledge and expertise, an extensive distribution network, and long-standing client relationships around the world, of which Sotheby’s is extremely proud.

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Release Summary

At Sotheby's NYC, The Macallan® and Lalique set a record, $460,000, for a bottle of whisky sold at auction and all of the proceeds will go to charity: water.


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