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Macallan Lalique Six Pillars Collection Leads the way in Record Breaking Online Auction – Whisky News

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Macallan Lalique Six Pillars Collection Leads the way in Record Breaking Online Auction

PERTH, SCOTLAND – Bottles from The Macallan Lalique Six Pillars collection have broken auction records after being sold in a recent auction by Whisky Auctioneer (www.whiskyauctioneer.com), achieving a collective hammer price across the four lots of £296,500.

This price surpasses the previous record from November 2018, when four bottles from the same series sold at auction for a collective hammer price of £272,000 according to Rare Whisky 101.

The Macallan Lalique Six Pillars Collection is one of the most exclusive and desirable ranges of whisky in the world. Featuring in the auction was the 50 Year Old, 55 Year Old, 57 Year Old and 60 Year Old.   These lots prompted an enormous amount of interest and bidding activity from across the globe with over 140 bids placed across the four lots. The eventual winners were located in the US, Asia and the UK.

The bottles also played a contributing role in an even larger record being broken. With a total value in excess of £2.6 million, Whisky Auctioneer’s December Auction itself is the highest value online auction ever. Close to £850,000 of this £2.6million came from sales of bottles of The Macallan alone.

These records not only indicate the continuing global demand for buying and selling whisky on the secondary market but also the increasing use of online auctions as a means for private collectors and investors to access old, rare and iconic whiskies.

Iain McClune, director of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “We are beyond delighted to feature these exceptional bottles in our auction. They represent the absolute pinnacle of rare whisky collecting and investing.”

“Our most recent auction result illustrates that the very highest end of the secondary market, which was once the preserve of the traditional auction house and its attendees, is now accessible via online auction. A positive development that makes the buying and selling of whisky an easier and more straightforward process that is open to all.”

It was not just The Macallan that broke records either: Other record-breaking bottles sold within the same auction include the Hibiki Arita Decanter, that achieved a hammer price of £17,500 and the Bruichladdich 1960 Sherry Cask 100 Proof, that achieved a hammer price of £10,000.

It is not unusual for the Perth based company to see records broken in their monthly auctions however the large number witnessed in their most recent auction speaks of an exciting year ahead both for Whisky Auctioneer and the industry as a whole.

The next auction goes live on 25 January and will close on 4 February.

Listings and further information below:

Listings:

 https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/156063/macallan-50-year-old-lalique-six-pillars-collection

https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/156066/macallan-55-year-old-lalique-six-pillars-collection

https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/156064/macallan-57-year-old-lalique-six-pillars-collection

https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/156065/macallan-60-year-old-lalique-six-pillars-collection

https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/148469/hibiki-35-year-old-arita-decanter

https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/148631/bruichladdich-1960-sherry-cask-100-proof

For more information on auctions or to register to participate in the next auction please visit www.whiskyauctioneer.com

Additional Information

  1. Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky, whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable.
  2. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, Whisky Auctioneer aims to be the most comprehensive website available for the buying and selling of whisky.
  3. Whisky Auctioneer holds regular monthly online auctions as well as specialist auctions for collectible whiskies and exclusive releases.
  4. To buy or sell on the Whisky Auctioneer website, an account must be first set up here: https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/register
  5. Social Media Handles:
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    3. web: whiskyauctioneer.com

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Scotch Whisky Auctions “London Collection” – Scotch Whisky News

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Save the date: 13th January, 6-8pm

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We’re delighted to say that we are back in London next week to collect whisky. 13th January, 6-8pm, St Paul’s Hotel Hammersmith. If you would like to attend this whisky rendez-vous please fill out the attendance form by clicking on the picture to the right. Additionally please click on the button below and fill out our ‘Submission Sheet’.

SUBMISSION SHEET

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Whisky Auction “Massive Mini Whisky.Auction now live!” – Whisky News

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Happy New Year from Scotch Whisky Auctions!

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New Year’s Greeting from the SWA Brand Ambassador, Kate Johnston. 

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‘It’s been a real joy to meet so many of you this year. My first six months in the job have been non-stop, but the welcome I’ve received has been nothing short of warm. Seeing the auction grow to just short of 10,000 bottles in November was quite astounding. A particular highlight of mine from 2018 was hosting our food and whisky provenance evening at Cafe Strange Brew, in Glasgow. Amazing food and amazing whisky!!

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One really lovely part of my job is getting to meet so many of our lovely clients from across the country. We’re so grateful for all of you and from both Tam and the whole team we want to thankyou.’

So what’s new for next 2019?

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‘Well we will have plenty to keep us busy with a few new schemes up our sleeves, as we creatively strive to make your experience better. I’ve quickly learnt we don’t like staying still at SWA, stagnation being somewhat of a forbidden word – that just makes it all that more exciting doesn’t it! Happy New Year One all!!’

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Charity ballot: The Cask of HRH The Prince Charles Duke of Rothesay – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Exchange is honoured to be conducting a ballot for the sale of this special single malt on behalf of the charity The Prince’s Foundation. Distilled in 1988 and bottled on The Prince’s 70th birthday, 14th November 2018, this 30-year-old whisky is one of the oldest ever single-cask releases of Royal Lochnagar single malt, and is bottled at cask strength, 52.6% abv.

184 bottles of this 30-year-old Scotch whisky are available, priced at £1,470. To ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to own this piece of whisky and royal history, we are conducting a ballot.

The ballot will run until 27 January 2019, and you must enter before then for a chance to purchase one of the bottles. All proceeds from the sale will go to The Prince’s Foundation charity.

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BONHAMS ONLINE WHISKY SALE LEADS WITH CERAMIC COLLECTION ARITA & KUTANI – Whisky News

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BONHAMS ONLINE WHISKY SALE LEADS WITH CERAMIC COLLECTION ARITA & KUTANI

Hong Kong – Bonhams headlines its upcoming online Whisky sale in Hong Kong with a Hibiki-21 year old Ceramic Collection Arita & Kutani. Paying tribute to the art of traditional Japanese ceramic, Suntory release this limited edition every year in handmade ceramic bottles from the Arita and Kutani kiln containing Hibiki-21 year old whisky. It is a very rare opportunity to acquire a full set of the collection from the first release in 2001 to the latest in 2014. The collection includes 28 ceramic bottles and is estimated to fetch between HK$600,000 and HK$800,000.

Bonhams online sale will start on 24 December 2018 and end on 20 January 2019, and will feature a collection of 440 lots ranging from HK$3,000 to HK$600,000, offering a price point for all level of collectors.

The sale presents a Macallan Lalique-55 year old estimated at HK$500,000 – 650,000. This 55 year old Macallan in a Lalique decanter was released in 2007, with only 420 individually numbered decanters made available worldwide. Inspired by Lalique’s classic Paquerettes tiara perfume bottle, this decanter is a nod back to the designing power and influence of Rene Lalique in 1910. Made in varying amber coloured crystal to reflect The Macallan’s natural colour, the decanter stopper embodies Lalique’s mastery of crystal and is one of the most difficult colours for crystal makers to achieve. 

Over 20 bottles of collectable single malts from the late legendary bottler Silvano Samaroli are featured in this sale including a bottle of Glen Cawdor-1964, one of 360 bottles and estimated around HK$80,000 – 110,000. Inspired by the reference to the Thane of Cawdor in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Silvano used the name for some of his bottlings without revealing the real distillery. According to his memory, it is believed to be a Springbank 1964.

Other notable highlights include:

  • Macallan-1972 by S.Samaroli, one of 460; estimated at $50,000-70,000
  • Yamazaki-1979-#RF1037, one of 294; ; estimated at HK$90,000-130,000
  • Bowmore-1964-38 year old-Bourbon, one of 300; estimated at HK$90,000-140,000
  • Balvenie-50 year old-6th Release, one of 110; estimated at HK$320,000-380,000

Auction Details
Whisky sale
ONLINE ONLY
24 December 2018 – 20 January 2019
Specialist: Daniel Lam, Director of Wine & Whisky, Asia
Tel: +852 2918 4321; E: winehk@bonhams.com

About Bonhams 

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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BUMPER YEAR FOR BONHAMS GLOBAL WHISKY DEPARTMENT – Whisky News

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The Macallan Valerio Adami-1926-60 Year Old (left). Sold at Bonhams Edinburgh for £848,750, October 2018 

Bonhams Fine Wine and Whisky departments have enjoyed a highly successful year with combined global sales of more than £15million.

Highlights included:

  • Breaking the world record for a bottle of whisky sold at auction on three separate occasions. First in Hong Kong in May when a bottle of The Macallan Peter Blake-1926-60 Year Old sold for HK$7,962,500 (£751,703) only to be surpassed an hour later in the same sale by a bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami-1926-60 Year Old at HK$8,636,250 (£814,081). That record was, in turn, broken in Edinburgh in October by the £848,750 paid for another bottle of The Macallan Adam
  • Setting a new world record for a bottle of Japanese whisky sold at auction – a bottle of Karuizawa-1960-52 Year Old The Dragon that sold for HK$2,450,000 (£231,035) at the Wine and Whisky sale in Hong Kong in May 2018.
  • Selling the world’s most valuable hogshead cask – an American hogshead cask from Macallan Distillery, 1996-22 year old, which was bought for HK$3,430,000 (£342,271) – at the Fine Wines and Whisky Sale in Hong Kong in November.

Bonhams Head of Whisky in Edinburgh Martin Green added. “The world records were, of course, the highlights of the year but all our sales – both in Hong Kong and Edinburgh –  performed consistently well.  International demand for Bowmore, Glenfiddich and other expressions of the Macallan remained buoyant and whiskies from closed Japanese distilleries again proved particularly attractive to buyers in Asia.”

Whisky sales are held four times a year in Edinburgh and four time a year in Hong Kong.

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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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Whisky Hammer December 2018 Auction Ends Soon – Whisky Auction News

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DECEMBER 2018 AUCTION ENDS SOON!
(ends Sunday 6th January 2019) 

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!

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Whisky Hammer December 2018 Auction Now Live – Whisky Auction News

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DECEMBER  AUCTION NOW LIVE!
(ends Sunday 6th January, 2019) 

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!

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Just Whisky is live with their December Auction – Scotch Whisky News

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Just Whisky is live with their December Auction and what a cracker it is! Highlights include a large selection of very desirable bottles from Bowmore Distillery, think Black Bowmore, Gold Bowmore, 50 Year Old & Sherriff’s. It’s well worth checking out and placing a bid.

They are also celebrating their 5th Anniversary and to celebrate this milestone, they’re reducing their commission to 0% for next month (January Auction).

The auction runs until Sunday 16th December at 8pm UK Time

www.just-whisky.co.uk

Happy Bidding!

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Littlemill 32 Years Old 1965 – Signatory Vintage 10th Anniversary

In celebration of the 10-year milestone of independent bottling of single malt whiskies from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, Brian and Andrew Symington (Managing Director) selected six outstanding and very rare whiskies to bottle as a special commemorative presentation which are all single cask bottlings bottled at natural cask strength.

This Littlemill single malt is beautifully presented with two branded glasses. Distilled: 25.10.1965 and bottled: 08.06.1998.

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Ardbeg 1815

An extremely rare bottle of Ardbeg, released in 2015 to celebrate their 200 year anniversary. The whisky is a result of spirit distilled in 1974 and 1975 and aged for 33 years. The resulting whisky was married in 2008 into glass containers where it spent a further 8 years until the release just a few years ago in 2015. Only 400 bottles were produced.

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Springbank Millennium Collection (6x70cl)

We’re extremely excited to bring to auction what has got to be the most collectable and sought-after set from Springbank ever. Featuring a fabulous selection of well-aged malts from the back catalogue of the Campbeltown distillery.

The set includes:

  • 25 Year Old (46% | 70cl)
  • 30 Year Old (46% | 70cl)
  • 35 Year Old (46% | 70cl)
  • 40 Year Old (40.1% | 70cl)
  • 45 Year Old (40.1% | 70cl)
  • 50 Year Old (40.5% | 70cl)

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Macallan 50 Years Old 1949 – Millennium Decanter

Distilled on the 14th January 1949 in Spanish Oak Sherry Casks, this is an incredibly well aged Macallan which has attained near legendary status. Bottled for the Millennium celebrations; the highly coveted Whisky was decanted into a specially commissioned Caithness glass decanter, complete in an oak presentation box. It features a copper ingot stopper cast from No. 9 spirit still from the Macallan distillery. This example even comes with an uncompleted form to have a personalised Macallan Millennium key made as well as the original key provided with the set.

Naturally with copper there may be a slight tarnishing to the metal of the stopper but should polish out.
The whisky itself is an incredibly scarce 50 year old malt which is highly rated by Jim Murray, author of the whisky bible and the late whisky connoisseur and author Michael Jackson.

This is a fabulous Lot, and one which we’d love to keep ourselves! The lucky new owner will become the keeper of what is quite simply one of the most sought after bottles in the world.

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Bowmore 1955 – 1974 Visitor Centre Opening Ceramic Decanter

From the legendary Bowmore distillery of Islay a truly rare gem. Specially bottled for the opening of the distillery’s visitor centre on September 12th 1974. This vintage ceramic flagon was mainly handed out to staff to celebrate the opening, most of which decided to open but lucky for us we have here one of the few remaining unopened bottles. We are led to believe it is 37.5cl size flagon but no size is stated.

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Bowmore 42 Years Old 1964 – Black Bowmore

Distilled on 5th November 1964, this first instalment of the Bowmore 1964 Trilogy was carefully filled into Oloroso sherry casks where it spent the next four decades and more perfecting its

On the 5th of November 1964 The Bowmore Spirit was filled into Five Oloroso Sherry Casks and left to quietly mature in the deep, dark Bowmore vaults. After forty-two years, the casks produced only 827 bottle of this extremely rare malt whisky.

The result is a stunning aroma and palate, and the rich, deep, dark, almost ebony colour reflected in its name.

This release of Black Bowmore has had whisky reviewers heads in a spin about how good it is. Not many bottles can be described as Legendary, but fortunately, this is one of them.

 

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