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Whisky Advocate: Which Is The Greatest Whisky Collection Ever Sold?

March 12, 2021

Scotch whisky history is full of great rivalries, such as Ardbeg and Bruichladdich’s peat bog battles over ppm, and Dalwhinnie and Braeval’s spat over which distillery is Scotland’s highest. Now we can add the great auction duel of 2019-2021 between Whisky Auctioneer and Sotheby’s to the list.

This legendary contest was fought between two extraordinarily valuable whisky collections, with both auction houses claiming to have sold the most valuable collection ever seen—in the case of Whisky Auctioneer, the Perfect Collection, which when revealed in 2019, looked set to challenge Sotheby’s sale of the Ultimate Whisky Collection in a clash of online versus live bidding.

Whisky Advocate previously speculated on the two collections’ prospects for being crowned the greatest whisky collection of all time, but now that both stages of these auctions are over, it’s time to take a deep dive into the figures to settle the matter once and for all. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

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