A 64-year-old Macallan single-malt whiskey housed in a one-of-a-kind Lalique crystal decanter just sold at an auction for a record-breaking $460,000. While this may seem like an excessive amount of money to spend on alcohol, there is a very positive twist: All the money raised from the purchase is going to directly to a charity that provides clean water in developing countries.
“Charity: Water” was the beneficiary of the large sum of money from Monday night’s auction. The Macallan said the whiskey is the oldest and rarest it’s released since 1824.
Aside from Monday night’s auction, the whiskey and decanter have been making a “world tour” so to speak, trying to raise awareness for “Charity: Water”. In addition to the $460,000 raised at the auction, an additional $125,000 was raised at events across North America, Europe, and Asia.
The total of $605,000 that was raised for “Charity: Water” is expected to provide clean drinking water for over 30,000 people.
Here are a few other high priced actions breaking record:
On Tuesday night, a rare six-litre bottle of 1947 French Cheval-Blanc white wine was sold to a private collector for $304,375. The high price set a world record for a single bottle, as the auction house estimated the bottle would go for anywhere between $150,000-$200,000.
I wonder how much I could get for my 2010 Merlot??
This rare pink diamond broke a world record for a jewel sold at an auction by selling for an astounding £29 million. The previous record was £15.3 million from a 2008 auction. The gem is described as “fancy intense pink” by the Gemological Institute of America.
The gem can also be described as “intensely expensive” as well.