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Sotheby’s auction of “The Dalmore 49 Year Old Luminary No.2, The Rare”

Transforming Zaha Hadid Architects' signature architectural language into high art, ZHA’s director Melodie Leung and the 185-year-old distiller the Dalmore collaborated on “The Rare”: a 49-year-old Single Malt housed in a bespoke glass sculpture crafted by master glass blower Fiaz Elson.

“The Rare” evokes the image of a full-bodied dram of whisky being decadently swirled in a rocks glass made of fine crystal, and took Elson and her team more than 2,000 hours to create. Together, Leung says, they “[brought] the material to the limit of what is possible.” The piece cured for 12 weeks at Elson’s workshop The Glass Foundry, where it then took more than 500 hours to polish, and weighs in at 176 pounds. The finished piece debuted at V&A Dundee museum and will be auctioned at Sotheby's with all proceeds from the sale to benefit the museum.

Sotheby's website: The Dalmore and Zaha Hadid Architects join forces for the Luminary Series