Back in February The Macallan has unveiled the Anecdotes of Ages Collection, an art & whisky collaboration with pioneering British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake. One of the extremely scarce 13 Anecdotes of Ages bottles has been auctioned to raise funds for a key initiative by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Estimated at $125,000-750,000, the extraordinary multicomponent lot, including a print donated by Sir Peter as well as a bespoke VIP experience with The Macallan, led Sotheby’s first dedicated spirits sale in New York on 13 March. The highly anticipated auction offered collectors the one and only opportunity to acquire the special bottle titled Anecdotes of Ages: A New Era of Advertising, along with a print donated by Sir Peter, as well as a bespoke VIP experience at The Macallan Estate. The age, rarity and scarcity of this single malt, paired with its unique artwork resulted in a multicomponent lot sale of $437,500.
Celebrating the legacy and history of Sir Peter Blake and The Macallan, the Anecdotes of Ages Collection includes 13 unique bottles of exceptional 1967 whisky, selected for its classic yet distinctly colorful character as well as the year’s significance within Blake’s oeuvre.
Proceeds of this sale will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s diversity, equity, access and inclusion initiatives, with the objective to increase both free access and outreach to a variety of diverse audiences within the New York metropolitan area. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy free admission to the Guggenheim Museum on select Saturdays through a new initiative, ‘Saturday on the House’.