The Ultimate Whisky Collection. With collectors’ thirst for the finest and rarest examples of Scotch whisky.
The Ultimate Whisky Collection. With collectors’ thirst for the finest and rarest examples of Scotch whisky increasingly reaching new heights, this autumn Sotheby’s will present the Ultimate Whisky Collection. The most valuable collection of whisky ever was sold at auction and the company’s first single-owner offering of spirits. Showcased the most comprehensive range of desirable Scotch whisky came to the market from a private “cellar,” the collection was estimated to bring in the region of £4 million ($4.8 million). The sale was open for bidding on October 1st, 2019 and culminated in a live auction on October 24th, at the Olympia London, alongside RM Sotheby’s sale of collectable motor cars.
For further details about the past Auction, please refer to the printed catalogue. Sotheby’s presented its first single-owner sale of spirits and the most comprehensive catalogue of whisky ever to be offered at auction. The collection included no less than 178 bottlings from The Macallan Fine and Rare series, most notably the 1926 The Macallan 60 year old containing liquid from cask number 263. While cask 263’s other bottlings such as The Macallan Peter Blake, Valerio Adami and Michael Dillon have all sold in the last year, this is the first time this Fine and Rare bottle has appeared at auction in over a decade.
A wealth of iconic bottles from Scotland’s finest distilleries are also included, such as the 50 Year Old Springbank 1919, formerly the world’s most expensive bottle of whisky; Glenfiddich 64 Year Old, the oldest bottling from this distillery; 70 Year Old G&M Generations bottlings of both Mortlach and Glenlivet and 4 bottles of 50 Years and older from The Dalmore. Most excitingly, this collector is offering bottle number 1 of the Bowmore 54 year old “Crashing Waves” from 1957, of which only 12 were released.
The Ultimate Whisky Collector said:“Collecting whisky over these past twenty years has been a real passion of mine, though it was not something I set out to do. I have always loved drinking whisky – as family and friends will attest, to this day I can be found most evenings with a cigar in one hand and a glass in the other – but I was a wine collector first. I then found myself looking at unique bottles of Scotch, initially attracted by the beauty of the labels. So I started this collection and realised that if I really spent time on it and was selective in my choices, I might be able to put together something significant and unique. Two decades on, I think the collection is at that point where it is indeed unique. Having cherished these bottles, I am now ready to share them with collectors around the world. I hope they find good homes in the hands of whisky lovers who will enjoy the experience as much as I did, both the drinking of them and the sense of history that each of these bottles brings.”
Information and Images have been shared from an Article by Sotheby’s, published on November 4th, 2019. Images Credit: Sotheby’s, 2019.