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Bottle of Scotch sold for 54,000 at New York's first liquor auction since Prohibition

First liquor auction since Prohibition took place in New York. A bottle of 81-year-old Scotch was sold there for $54,000 ( EUR 36,862).

An anonymous collector bought the pricey potable at Christie's sale of wines and spirits on Saturday.

The 100-lot auction sold a total of $304,800 ( EUR 208,068) worth of rare wine and liquor. The top lot was a collection of 729 bottles of whisky, which went for $102,000 ( EUR 69,629).

The $54,000 bottle was distilled at Macallan in Scotland in 1926, bottled in 1986 and rebottled in 2002.

Prohibition, which barred the sale of alcohol, lasted from 1920 to 1933, but New York state did not allow auctions of spirits until this year.

The auction prices include Christie's 20 percent commission.