There have been some pretty exciting spirits auctioned in the past year, including a six-litre crystal decanter of rare whisky and a long forgotten rum from the 18th Century. Auctions of rare and expensive spirits have long been a fascinating spectator’s sport. With high prices reflecting the rarity of coveted bottles, big sales frequently make big news in the spirits industry. Collectors and status seekers attend auction houses across the world with the hope of acquiring a unique and desirable expression, and paying a price to match. A new record for the most expensive spirit to ever be sold at auction has been claimed this year, but which other interesting and, inevitably, pricey lots went under the hammer?Click through the following pages to see our pick of the spirits auctions which got tongues wagging in the last 12 months or so.