A Week of Records
Records seem to be everywhere.
That whisky we wrote about went to auction in Edinburgh this week and left bidders stunned and reporters breaking the internet.
Moving over to Hong Kong and a Chinese-french artist's painting sold for a record amount in a stellar night for Asian art.
Finally, that DB5 we wrote about sold in an auction a little while ago but there was a thrilling end to the auction after the winning bidder was announced!
New Auction Record for Macallan 1926
Not so long ago, we wrote a preview about the holy grail of whisky, a Macallan 1926 heading auction. If you missed it then find it here: Macallan 1926 - The World's Most Expensive Whisky.
It was recently sold in an auction a new record price and retains its position as the world’s most expensive whisky.
Selling for an incredible £848,750 (£148,750 in premiums), the 92-year-old bottle has found itself a new owner.
With an estimate between £700,000 and £900,000, it wasn’t far from exceeding the high estimate but what makes this bottle so special? Previous auction prices are £818,081 and £751,703.
Chinese Oil Painting Sells for $65m
Chinese-french painter Zao Wou-Ki stole headlines at a recent auction after his oil painting sold for $65m.
His artwork "Juin-Octobre 1985", a 10m long oil painting, now holds the accolade of being the most expensive painting sold in Hong Kong.
Born in Beijing, he moved to Paris after WW2 and became renowned for combining traditional Chinese painting techniques with abstract western modernism.
It was a stellar night for the auction which hit the $200m mark during the sale. This was buoyed by 8 other Asian artists who saw record sales.
Aston Martin From Goldeneye Sells for £1.96m
In June, we entertained the question of what is the ultimate classic car? A Jaguar E-type? Or a Mercedes 300 SL? Perhaps a Ferrari 250? They will cause endless arguments!
Well, an Aston Martin DB5 sold for £1,961,500 at auction (estimate £1.2m-£1.6m).
However, this is not your average DB5. We are talking about the one Pierce Brosnan drove in his first outing as Bond in Goldeneye.
Involved in an entertaining scene where Bond manages to beguile two women simultaneously, this car was able to go toe-to-toe with a Ferrari 355 through the hills of Monaco.
The winning bidder was an espionage museum called Skyscape. How ironic?
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