At a Sotheby’s auction last week, a 50-year-old bottle of Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky shattered records. Previously, the most expensive bottle of Japanese whiskey ever sold was a similar bottle of Yamazaki which sold for $129,000.
This 50-year-old Single Malt was the Belle of the ball at Sotheby’s auction, fetching more than any other item and eventually selling for $298,879 ($2,337,000 HKD) according to Hypebeast. That demolished the previous record for the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky ever sold and it has whiskey collectors all over the world taking notice.
The 50-year-old bottle of Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky was part of a small batch release in 2011. Only 150 bottles of this 50-year-old Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky were released back in 2011 and each of the bottles was accompanied with a handcrafted wooden case.
The buyer has chosen to remain anonymous but that hasn’t stopped the whiskey world from exploding over this sale. As this Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, there were also 10 bottles of Richebourg 1976 Henri Jayer which retailed for around $188,766 USD. So this was a huuuuuge day for the high-end spirits market.
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