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Whisky Advocate: Sotheby’s, London Will Put A $5 Million Whisky Collection On The Block

September 13, 2019

It’s sure to be the whisky auction of the year. On October 25, Sotheby’s will auction off one of the world’s most valuable whisky collections. Amassed by an anonymous single American owner, the $5 million asset has been dubbed “The Ultimate Whisky Collection” by Sotheby’s spirits specialist Jonny Fowle. The landmark sale underscores Sotheby’s new commitment to spirit auctions and promises to be a showcase for Scotch not seen at live auction since the 2009 Bonhams series that encompassed the 3,000-bottle Willard S. Folsom Collection and spanned multiple countries.

Macallan makes up 70% of the sale, with Sotheby’s cataloguing an unprecedented 178 bottles of The Macallan Fine & Rare series, covering vintages from 1937 to 1991; a further 104 Fine & Rare miniatures; and two complete sets of The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars in their bespoke cabinets. The 1926 Macallan Fine & Rare 60-year-old is the star bottle (Est. $425,000–$545,000), and originates from the same cask as the bottles that broke $1 million in Hong Kong and London in 2018.

Further offerings from Speyside include a 1937 Glenfiddich 64-year-old (Est. $66,500–$91,000), both the first and second releases of Glenfiddich 50-year-old (Est. $18,000–$24,000), and an attractive bottle of 1937 Balvenie 50-year-old (Est. $23,000–$30,000).

Beyond Speyside, the collection includes rare Islay whiskies, including every bottling of Black Bowmore, from the original trio released in the mid-1990s to Black Bowmore 42-year-old (and its siblings, White 43-year-old and Gold 44-year-old) to Black Bowmore 50-year-old (Est. $39,000–$46,000). Whisky Advocate has more.—Jonny McCormick

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