1926 Whiskey Fetches $54K

1926 whiskey goes for $54K
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Dec 9, 2007 3:35 PM CST
A rare bottle of George Washington's Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey to be sold at a special auction hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council to benefit Historic Mount Vernon's educational programs. The...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The crown jewel of New York's first liquor auction since Prohibition brought in $54,000 at Christie's yesterday. The 1926 bottle of whiskey went to an anonymous bidder, the New York Daily News reports, but was "worth the price," said a contender for the bottle. But it wasn't the only big-ticket item on the list.

A bottle of rye whiskey distilled in 2003 went for $6,000. The catch: it was made at Mt. Vernon from George Washington's recipe. The auction tallied $304, 800 in sales of 101 lots of rare whiskey, armagnac, calvados, cognac, and Chatreuse. While Prohibition ended in 1933, New York only legalized the auction of spirits in August.