It’s been 75 years, but last weekend New York hosted its first rare liquor auction since Prohibition. Until this past summer, laws on the books forbid the auctioning of alcohol. Now the restrictions have been lifted and the bidding is on.

A bottle of 81-year-old Macallan Scotch, distilled in 1926, bottled in 1986, and rebottled in 2002, sold for $54,000. When asked what made the bottle so valuable, Christie’s vice president Richard Brierly said, “Low production, one single cask, rarity. Patience costs money.”

At $54,000 for the bottle, anyone have a good estimate of how much a shot would run?

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