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The Macallan Red Collection with Exclusive Labels Illustrated by Javi Aznarez (6 bts 70cl)

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Estimate:

200,000

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- 800,000 GBP

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The Macallan Red Collection with Exclusive Labels Illustrated by Javi Aznarez (6 bts 70cl)

The Macallan Red Collection with Exclusive Labels Illustrated by Javi Aznarez (6 bts 70cl)

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 800,000 GBP

Lot sold:

756,400

GBP

The Macallan Red Collection 40 Year Old 48.1 abv NV


Bottled in 2020, bottle number 02, signed by Kirsteen Campbell master whisky maker, packed in presentation case

1 bt 70cl (opc)


The Macallan Red Collection 50 Year Old 45.1 abv NV


Bottled in 2020, bottle number 02, signed by Kirsteen Campbell master whisky maker, packed in presentation case

1 bt 70cl (opc)


The Macallan Red Collection 60 Year Old 43.4 abv NV


Bottled in 2020, bottle number 02, signed by Kirsteen Campbell master whisky maker, packed in presentation case

1 bt 70cl (opc)


The Macallan Red Collection 71 Year Old 41.6 abv NV


Bottled in 2020, bottle number 02, signed by Sarah Burgess lead whisky maker, packed in presentation case

1 bt 70cl (opc)


The Macallan Red Collection 74 Year Old 42.6 abv NV


Bottled in 2020, bottle number 02, signed by Sarah Burgess lead whisky maker, packed in presentation case

1 bt 70cl (opc)


The Macallan Red Collection 78 Year Old 42.2 abv NV


Bottled in 2020, bottle number 02, signed by Sarah Burgess lead whisky maker, packed in presentation case

1 bt 70cl (opc)


The Macallan Red Collection


The Red Collection from The Macallan Distillery is a future-classic collection of aged single malts from The Macallan Distillery. The complete set of six whiskies is anchored by The Macallan 40 Years Old, The Macallan 50 Years Old and The Macallan 60 Years Old, which are joined by two further highly aged bottles at 71 Years Old and 74 Years Old. The 6th and final bottle in this collection has been matured for 78 Years, making it not only the oldest bottle released from The Macallan Distillery, but the oldest age statement whisky ever offered at auction.

The extremely rare set of The Red Collection that will be auctioned at Sotheby’s differs from the standard release and can be identified by its exclusive labels, which are illustrated and signed by artist Javi Aznarez. Only two sets contain these labels: Set #1 will remain in The Macallan’s archives and #2, which is on offer in this, the inaugural Sotheby’s Halloween Spirits Sale. This collection will be auctioned to benefit City Harvest London, a charity who redistributes surplus from the food industry to vulnerable people across London.


Inspired by the significance of the colour red throughout the history of the brand, The Red Collection captures The Macallan’s deep respect for tradition and craftsmanship. Distilled decades ago, in The Macallan’s signature copper stills, each expression in the collection has been matured in the distillery’s oak casks under the watchful eye of several generations of whisky makers. Over time, they developed into extraordinarily elegant aged whiskies.


The colour red has deep and long-standing significance for The Macallan, beginning with Alexander Reid, the farmer and teacher who founded The Macallan in 1824, whose surname means ‘the red one’ in Scots and was originally associated with red hair. In 1903, owner Roderick Kemp launched The Macallan Choice Old range, which was reportedly shipped in cases labelled with distinctive red print to distinguish it from The Macallan’s existing whiskies, which featured black labelling. Almost eight decades later, in 1980, red was to feature strongly in the release of The Macallan’s then oldest vintages, dated 1938, 1940 and 1950. Allan Shiach, chairman of The Macallan at that time, tied a red ribbon around the sought-after bottlings to denote their age and value.


These three characters are featured in an animated film created to introduce The Red Collection in collaboration with Javi Aznarez, acclaimed for his striking graphic art which has featured in several films, including director Wes Anderson’s forthcoming feature, The French Dispatch. The animation is set to music recorded by Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought-after classical musicians of her generation.


Each bottle in The Red Collection is encased in a hand-crafted oak presentation box created from the same sustainable European oak used to craft The Macallan’s oak casks. These boxes are beautifully upholstered with sustainably sourced soft red leather from Scottish supplier Bridge of Weir Leather, which creates upholstery for leading luxury car brands across the globe. In addition, this lot is being sold with a unique, bespoke hexagonal display table exclusively available from Sotheby’s as part of this lot.


Three of the bottles in the collection are also hand-signed by Kirsteen Campbell, who was appointed Master Whisky Maker at The Macallan in 2019 – the first woman to occupy the role in the history of the brand. The remaining three bottles – The Macallan 71 Years Old, The Macallan 74 Years Old and The Macallan 78 Years Old – are hand-signed by Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker for The Macallan.


LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX Offered Duty Paid With VAT On the Hammer Price

The UK Tax has been fully paid on this lot.


Please note the purchase price does not include applicable shipping, taxes or import charges which may be charged in addition to the purchase price.


Standard price shipping is available for deliveries to mainland England. Deliveries will be charged at £10 + VAT per case, subject to a minimum delivery charge of £30 + VAT. Price on application quotes are available for all other UK addresses. Pricing for international shipping available from Sotheby's Spirits Department on request, please contact: Tim.Sunerton@sothebys.com.


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