Wednesday, May 24, 2017


McTear’s auction house in Glasgow, has today announced that a bottle of Macallan that sold for £35 in 1996, has been snapped up by a collector for £2,200, at its latest rare and collectable whisky auction.

The rare Private Eye Macallan bottling, was released in 1996 for the 35th anniversary of the satirical magazine.

The Macallan - Private Eye

The 1961 bonded bottle features a screen-printed label by the legendary artist Ralph Steadman and is No: 216 in a limited run of 5,000. Another similar bottle fetched £2,000 in the same auction.

Other Macallan’s in the sale included a 25 Year Old - 1968 Anniversary Malt, which fetched £2,200 and a 1970 18 Year Old which was sold for £1,500.

Commenting on the news, Laurie Black, McTear’s Whisky Specialist, said: “This is one of the most collectable Macallans of all time and there was significant interest in both lots prior to the auction. Anyone who snapped up a bottle for £35 in 1996 made a very shrewd investment with bottles now selling for over 60 times their original value.”

Another highlight in the McTear’s sale was a bottle of George Roe & Co. pure Irish pot still whiskey, which sold for £3,600. The sale coincided with Diageo’s launch of the Roe & Co brand in March.

Posted by Steve Rush