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$628,000 bottle of rare malt whiskey sold as an auction record breaker

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A $628,000 bottle of malt whiskey is not something you’d break open and frivolously drink with your poker buddies on a Saturday night. You would probably treat a $628,000 bottle of liquor like a piece of art and put it somewhere so you could admire it and show it off for a while.

That’s not a worry most folks would have today because this $628,000 bottle of Macallan malt whiskey is not something the average person would own. It did break a record on Saturday in Japan at an auction held by Sotheby’s Auction House, according to on Jan. 21.

The buyer is unknown and only identified as “an Asian private collector.” Sotheby's said that the bottle of single malt whiskey broke the record for a bottle sold at auction. The previous record was set back in 2010 at a New York auction. That bottle sold for $460,000, which is still a hefty sum for something to drink.

According to NBC News, the highly sought after six-liter bottle of Macallan 'M' in a crystal decanter fetched a sum no one imagined at the Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong. It sold way above the expected price range of $258,000 to $516,000.