A 64-year-old single malt Scotch whisky in a unique crystal decanter was auctioned for a record price of almost £300,000 at an auction in New York.

The decanter, crafted by famous French designer Lalique, holds 1.5l of the rare The Macallan whisky. All the profits will be given to the clean-water group charity: water.

The Macallan, founded in 1824, is produced at a distillery near Easter Elchies House in north east Scotland's Speyside whisky region. The Lalique decanter was created using the "cire perdue" or "lost wax" method.

Before the auction, the whisky was taken on a 12-city "tour du monde" to build up interest and raise funds for charity: water, an organisation that provides access to clean, safe drinking water for people in developing nations.

At the auction at Sotheby's in New York, the winning bid was made Monday evening by an unnamed woman for $460,000 (£288,000).

The Sotheby's sale was preceded by an international tour during which people were able to purchase 10 centilitre tasters of the malt.


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