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Published: Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 1:25:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 1:43:19 PM

Malt whisky sells for record-breaking RM2.1mil

The Macallan 'M' Decanter 6-litre Imperiale. - Sotherby's/AFP

The Macallan 'M' Decanter 6-litre Imperiale. - Sotherby's/AFP

Sotheby’s identifies buyer as Asian.

A BOTTLE of malt whisky has gone under the hammer in Hong Kong for the record-breaking sum of HK$4.9mil (RM2.1mil) an auction house says.

The Macallan “M” Decanter 6-litre Imperiale attracted global interest at a Sotheby’s auction, the firm said in a statement which identified the buyer only as an Asian private collector.

The former British colony has become a hub for auctions of collectibles and rare items ranging from diamonds to stamps, thanks to growing wealth in China and other parts of Asia.

An Asian buyer purchased a rare Leica camera, one of only four of its kind in the world, for US$620,000 (RM2mil) at a Hong Kong auction in November.

Sotheby’s said the bottle sold on Saturday broke the record for any single malt whisky bottle sold at auction, surpassing the US$460,000 (RM1.5mil)paid in New York in 2010. – AFP Relaxnews

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