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.