🥃 A rare cask of single malt whisky has been sold by a Scottish distillery for a record £16m. Ardbeg said "Cask No. 3" was bought by an unnamed female collector based in Asia through a private sale. Experts said the sale had surpassed all auction records for a cask of single malt.
"That [£16m sale] is a reflection of generations of hard work: from those in the stillhouse who craft our smoky spirit, to the warehouse staff who care for our casks over decades, to teams around the world who build the reputation of our whiskies with fans, bartenders and collectors." - Thomas Moradpour, Ardbeg CEO
🌳 A copy of the Linnean Society Journal, known to be the first The first printed exposition of the theory of evolution by natural selection has sold for an astonishing £315k at auction - approximately 12 times the upper estimate!
🖼. Last month, a man disguised as an older woman sitting in a wheelchair brazenly smeared cream pastry onto Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work, the Mona Lisa. As the cake-smearing culprit was being led away by Louvre security guards he said “There are people who are destroying the Earth. Think about it … all artists, think about the Earth — this is why I did this. Think about the planet.” Although it resulted in no permanent damage, the Louvre attack dramatically brought to light the relationship between art, the art industry and the environment.
🎨 For Showpiece number three, we've offered collectors an incredible world first opportunity to own part of the original masterpiece and a Warhol Foundation approved edition replica to proudly display at home. A scannable 'Showpiece Crystal Plinth' links the physical item directly to your digital ownership.
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