Swedish auction toasts most expensive whisky

Sweden is known for its expensive alcohol, but this one takes the prize (and price). A 1928 bottle of rare Macallan whisky went under the hammer for 216,000 kronor ($24,982) at an auction.

Swedish auction toasts most expensive whisky
Sweden's most expensive whisky ever has been sold. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

The bottle, which is the most expensive ever sold in Sweden, was snapped up by an unknown buyer at an auction organized by auctioneers Stockholms Auktionsverk and Systembolaget, the country's state-run alcohol monopoly, on Thursday.

“It's a very special bottling that comes from an old traditional crafts production,” said Sören Nylund, valuation expert for Systembolaget's auctions, in a statement.

The whisky is part of a limited edition of 500 bottles which were distilled in 1928 and bottled in 1983, but few remain today.

“The bottles have decreased in numbers, which makes them very attractive,” said Nylund.

The 1928 Macallan bottle of whisky. Photo: Stockholms Auktionsverk

It was not known whether the buyer planned to consume or collect the rare whisky. However according to Nylund it is likely to lose both its flavour and its value as time goes by.

“It would be a shame if this bottle meets that fate. Let us instead hope that it will be enjoyed on a special occasion,” he said.

The Macallan is a Scots single malt whisky, produced in Craigellachie in the Speyside region of Scotland. The distillery also  holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive whisky ever sold in the world: a Macallan M Imperiale 6-litre Lalique decanter snapped up at an auction in Hong Kong for $628,000 in 2014.


Abba’s old BMW brings in the money, money, money at auction

Mamma mia! A BMW that once was used by Swedish pop icons Abba around has sold at an auction in Paris.

Abba's old BMW brings in the money, money, money at auction
Abba in their heyday. Photo: TT

A BMW 633 that once belonged to Abba has sold for €34,500 (341,000 kronor) at auction house Sotheby's.

The special piece of automotive heritage, as Sotheby's put it, pulled in beyond initial estimates of 210,000 to 300,000 kronor. 

The BMW followed the band around on European tours in the seventies and was used as a standby vehicle for band members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

It was ordered in Polaris Silver (060) over black leather with a four-speed manual gearbox, the auction house wrote.

The bodywork of the vehicle and its interior are unmarked and it still has its rare TRX alloy wheels, the auctioneers said. 

It came with copies of the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.

To see more pictures of the car, see the full listing from Sotheby's here

The sale marks the second time this year that an auction has seen pop stars, Sweden, and auctioned cars crop up in the headlines. Indeed, David Bowie's Volvo 262C pulled in a pretty penny last month when it sold for $216,000.