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Whisky Advocate: Japanese Whisky Karuizawa Nets Nearly $100K At Auction, Breaking Records

September 4, 2015

Japanese whisky Karuizawa has earned the title of the most expensive 700-ml bottle of whisky ever auctioned. Bonhams, Hong Kong set the record with a hammer price of HK$750,000 ($96,774) for the Karuizawa 1960 52-year-old ‘The Cockerel’ (51.8% abv), on August 28th. The record hammer price represents an appreciation of greater than 500% over the original retail price of £12,500.

Japan took the honor from a single malt Scotch whisky. Bowmore held the 700-ml record for 680 days following the charity sale of the Bowmore 1964 48 Years Old. Christie’s sold that one-off Bowmore for £61,000 ($93,235) in October 2013 at the Distiller’s Charity Auction in London, organized by the Worshipful Company of Distillers. The Macallan is recognized as holding the Guinness World Record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold: the HK$4 million ($516,000) six-liter “Imperiale” of Macallan M in a Lalique decanter. Whisky Advocate has a full report.

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