Auctions

Churchill’s Bottle of Whisky Makes £1 million – Scotch Whisky News

Churchill’s Whisky Sells for More Than a Wee Dram

1930s Painting of a Drinks Tray by Former Prime Minister
– Featuring a Bottle of his Favoured Johnnie Walker Black Label

Sells for £983,000 / $1,294,120 

London, 17 November – A rare 1930s painting by Sir Winston Churchill, Jugs and Bottles, combines two of the former Prime Minister’s greatest pastimes: painting and the enjoyment of alcoholic refreshment. Gifted by Churchill to Averell Harriman, and appearing at auction for the first time in 1997, it today sparked a bidding battle to sell for £983,000 – five times the pre-sale estimate of £150,000-250,000, and ranking among the top prices for a painting by Churchill at auction.

Churchill’s scotch of choice was Johnnie Walker, whose distinctive black and gold diagonal label is clearly evident on the bottle here, painted alongside a bottle of what appears to be brandy – the perfect backdrop to the translucent effect of the glasses and jugs set on a silver tray. The play of light and juxtaposition of objects clearly shoes the influence of famous still life painter, and friend of the family, Sir William Nicholson.

The choice of objects is evocative of the rhythm of life at Chartwell, Churchill’s beloved home in Kent, where he often brought associates from Westminster down for lunch, over which business, politics and current affairs would be passionately discussed. It is significant that Churchill gave this painting to Averell Harriman, by all accounts a larger-than-life personality and railroad heir who became involved in politics. Harriman served as a special envoy to Europe during the 1940s under Roosevelt when he had several meetings with Churchill and was then appointed Ambassador to the Soviet Union in October 1943.

The work leads Sotheby’s online auction of Modern & Post-War British Art, which saw a luminous, miniature sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth, carved from alabaster in 1962, bring £680,500 (est. £300,000-500,000) and a painting from Sir Stanley Spencer’s The Beatitudes of Love series sell for £620,000 (est. £80,000-120,000). Elsewhere in the sale, a 1944 portrait by Frank Owen Salisbury, who painted Churchill on more occasions than any other artist during his lifetime, sold for £113,400. 

Also closing today: Sotheby’s annual sale of Scottish Art, led by Samuel John Peploe’s Pink Roses (1906), which sold for £499,000 (est. £200,000-300,000).

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sothebys

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sothebys

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sothebys

An important update from Scotch Whisky Auctions – Auction Whisky News

Following the update today from the Scottish Government regarding COVID-19 restrictions we have taken the decision to close our office the the public whilst Glasgow remains in Tier 4. Whilst there will be no collection or drop off appointments during this period  – commencing 6pm on Friday 20th November –  our courier services and indeed auctions will continue as normal online.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and office appointments will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. We are hopeful that appointments can resume from Monday 14th December.

Wishing everyone the very best in these challenging times.

 

Whisky Hammer November Whisky Auction Ends Soon – Whisky News

November whisky auction is now LIVE!

Place your bids from Friday 13th November until Sunday 22nd November

www.whiskyhammer.com

Every month, we present an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits to our members right across the globe. You will find everything here from limited edition releases and vintage bottles to whole casks of rare whisky. There is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest or enjoy!

Macallan – 50 Year Old (The Red Collection)

 


Bowmore – 52 Year Old (1965) Oloroso

Macallan – Distil Your World (London Edition)

Pappy Van Winkle – 23 Year Old (Family Reserve, 1st Release) 1999

Talisker – 24 Year Old (1953) G&M

Yamazaki – 1979 Mizunara Oak (Bottle #1)

Selling whisky?

Why not arrange the pick-up of your bottles using our global courier service? If you’re based in Scotland, you might want to arrange the personal collection of your bottles. Wherever you’re based in the world, we will make getting your bottles into our monthly auction as simple as possible. Get in touch with the Whisky Hammer team now by dropping them a message at sales@whiskyhammer.com.

 

The Grand Whisky Auction November Auction Closes Soon! – Auction Whisky News

November Auction is closing soon!

www.thegrandwhiskyauction.com/live-auction

3050+ lots to bid on including special bottlings & casks…

Auction closes Monday 16th November at 9pm.

Interested in selling whisky in our next auction?

+44 (0)1463 210 427

sales@thegrandwhiskyauction.com

Whisky Hammer November Whisky Auction is Now LIVE! – Whisky News

November whisky auction is now LIVE!

Place your bids from Friday 13th November until Sunday 22nd November

www.whiskyhammer.com

Every month, we present an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits to our members right across the globe. You will find everything here from limited edition releases and vintage bottles to whole casks of rare whisky. There is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest or enjoy!

Macallan – 50 Year Old (The Red Collection)

 


Bowmore – 52 Year Old (1965) Oloroso

Macallan – Distil Your World (London Edition)

Pappy Van Winkle – 23 Year Old (Family Reserve, 1st Release) 1999

Talisker – 24 Year Old (1953) G&M

Yamazaki – 1979 Mizunara Oak (Bottle #1)

Selling whisky?

Why not arrange the pick-up of your bottles using our global courier service? If you’re based in Scotland, you might want to arrange the personal collection of your bottles. Wherever you’re based in the world, we will make getting your bottles into our monthly auction as simple as possible. Get in touch with the Whisky Hammer team now by dropping them a message at sales@whiskyhammer.com.

 

WHISKY AUCTIONS PROVE POPULAR IN A PANDEMIC – Whisky Auction News

WHISKY AUCTIONS PROVE POPULAR IN A PANDEMIC

Demand for cask whisky as an alternative investment is almost outstripping supply as people look for a safe haven to put their finances in an economic downturn.

According to Knight Frank’s Rare Whisky Index – which tracks auction results of rate Scottish single malts, whisky auctions have proved popular during the pandemic and sales are up more than 3% this year (2020).

Autionyourcask.com is the world’s only live, online auction dedicated to cask whisky and will be hosting its third auction on 25th November and has already seen a record number of people register their interest to bid.

Owner of Cask Trade, the parent company of auctionyourcask.com, Simon Aron says: “It’s a challenge to keep up with the very high demand for casks of good whisky and we are constantly having to renew our stock. The country is struggling financially because of the pandemic and with the financial markets unstable people are looking at cask whisky as an alternative investment.”

The auction, hosted by Cask Trade via its online auction website auctionyourcask.com, will go live on 25th November and run for 10 days until 5th December 2020. Casks to go under the virtual hammer are priced between £2,500 and £45,000 and include 2015 Glen Ord casks, a 2015 Glenrothes and a 2009 Glentuachers.

Auctionyourcask.com allows private owners and investors to sell their cask to independent bottlers and other investors all around the world. Whether you are a first-time or seasoned buyer, a collector, an investor, or an independent bottler, there is something for you!

To sign up to bid in the live auction, register here: https://www.auctionyourcask.com/members/login

Auctionyourcask.com is inviting people to register their casks for auction by 5th November 2020. Those looking to register their cask for sale should complete an online form to request a valuation. https://www.auctionyourcask.com/request-a-valuation

The auction, which will go live on 25th November and run until 5th December (ending 8pm GMT), will feature a wide selection of casks at different price points.

All casks will need to have had a recent re-gauge ready for auction and a full 70cl sample will be drawn so that bidders have the opportunity, wherever possible, to try the whisky before they buy. Auction your cask validate all the sellers and confirm proof of ownership and the history of the cask enabling bidders to safely buy. With complete transparency and no sellers’ fee Cask Trade can offer bidders the actual hammer price. Their low buyers’ fee of 15% + VAT will offer the opportunity to buyers, trade or private, to buy rare casks.

TOP 5 REASONS TO INVEST IN CASKS:

1)         Whisky is a top performing luxury investment and far outstrips the more established alternative asset investments such as art, wine and cars. Estimated accumulative short-term returns of 40%, medium term of 80%, and long term 140%.

2)        Each cask is unique and only a limited number are available. No two casks will ever be the same.

3)        Time is on your side as whisky only matures in the cask. The more mature it gets, the more valuable it becomes.

4)        Complete transparency – Cask Trade own every cask it sells and hold all the essential paperwork. The location and health of the cask is verified before it makes it onto the stock list.

5)        Trusted marketplace – Buyers can take Cask Trade’s WOWGR number, go to the warehouse and confirm the cask exists. Bonded warehouses check-in each cask and perform a ‘dip’ test to measure the level of alcohol. Every year, the business is required to report to HMRC how many casks it has and the levels of alcohol. Casks cannot be faked or fabricated.

NOTES:

Founded in 2018 by Simon Aron in partnership with several of the world’s foremost whisky masters, including Keeper of the Quaich Sir Colin Hampden-White, Cask Trade buys and sells exceptional cask whiskies. The company is unique because it only sells casks it owns outright, and it only sells whole casks: it is not a whisky cask broker and it does not offer fractional sales.

A passionate whisky collector for more than 20 years, Simon Aron suffered many false promises from whisky investment companies and this drove his ambition to create a real and trustworthy market place for whisky collectors and investors, and bottlers:

The company’s casks are held in the best HMRC bonded warehouses, regularly visited and approved by Cask Trade whisky masters. All stock holdings have a complete paper trail.

  • Delivery orders from supplier to Cask Trade
  • Invoices for transfer of ownership, storage insurance, re-gauging, sampling or movement
  • HMRC-issued WOWGR (warehouse keepers, warehouse premises, owner of goods and registered consigners): a fully regulated and closely monitored license requiring due diligence on suppliers as well as customers.
  • HMRC-issued AWRS Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme: Licenced to wholesale, bottle and retail.

Included in its extensive list of customer services, Cask Trade’s rigorous processes means that the company will guarantee to buy back from its clients the casks they buy from and have had managed by Cask Trade. It also offers…

  • Regular sampling and re-gauging of casks
  • Re-racking (sherry wine, port etc)
  • Estimates of bottles and strength in cask (effects of angels’ share 0ver years of maturations)
  • Financial modelling for each cask based on age and rarity with estimated % returns
  • Costings for bottling, labelling and shipping (duty & tax)
  • Regularly updated whisky investment guide which includes statistics from two authoritative third parties (independent of Cask Trade)
  • Cask Trade will arrange for clients to receive samples of their whiskies and visit their barrels(s), upon request – wherever possible.

Cask Trade has started the first live auction website dedicated to exceptional whisky casks: auctionyourcask.com.

Hosted four times a year and helping private owners/investors sell their cask to independent bottlers and other investors all around the world. All casks will be re-gauged ready for auction and a full 70cl sample will be drawn so that bidders have the opportunity to try the whisky before they buy. – Wherever possible. We validate all the sellers and confirm proof of ownership and the history of the cask enabling bidders to safely buy. With complete transparency and no sellers’ fee we can offer you the actual hammer price. Our low buyers’ fee of 15% + VAT will offer the opportunity to buyers, trade or private, to buy rare casks.

https://www.casktrade.com

https://www.auctionyourcask.com

Whisky Price Growth

Knight Frank’s Rare Whisky Index: https://www.knightfrank.com/wealthreport/article/2020-04-16-how-valuable-is-whiskey-as-an-investable-asset-class

Results of the Knight Frank Wealth Report’s new unique luxury investment index revealed whisky was one of the most coveted objects of desire.

The report out in February 2020, says Rare Whisky has grown in value the most over the last 10 years at +564% and increased by +5% in the past 12 months; and states casks remained in huge demand. By comparison cars have seen an increase of 194%, art by 141% and wine by 120%.

https://www.knightfrank.com/wealthreport

Data collected by Rare Whisky 101 suggests the four-year growth from December 2014 in rare whisky has increased over 160%, compared to just 2.47% for the FTSE 100. https://www.rarewhisky101.com/indices

The same report by Rare Whisky 101 claimed via the BBC that they had performed a controlled test of 55 rare bottles, of which over a third were fakes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-4656670

Scotch Whisky Auctions “We’re coming to London!” CANCELLED – Scotch Whisky News

Due to the updated Government guidelines our London collection scheduled for Sunday 8th November 2020 has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are next scheduled to be in your area on Sunday 13th December 2020. In the meantime you are welcome to use our courier collection service. This is free to customers sending 10+ bottles or bottles to the value of £1000. Unfortunately loss and breakage cover can not be included with this service. To request labels please complete the form which can be found here Please ensure all bottles sent using this method are accompanied by a submission sheet

We are pleased to be offering our complimentary collection service in London on:

Sunday 8th November 2020
6-7.30pm by appointment only
St Paul’s Hotel, Hammersmith, W14 0QL

Collections are limited and by appointment only. If you would like to attend please complete the form which can be found here.

Please do not attend without an appointment or if you are feeling unwell in line with COVID 19 guidelines.

Additionally, please complete a Submission Sheet. This must be handed to the collections team.

A Winner in our auction? We are now offering a delivery (to collection point) service to customers who are dropping bottles off for a future auction. This service is charged at £12 (inc VAT), optional loss and breakage cover is available.

We are monitoring the COVID situation, this collection may be cancelled if infected numbers increase over the coming days.

The Whisky.Auction Preview – Whisky Auction News

The Whisky.Auction Team

Get watching, and good luck!

WATCH PREVIEW

info@whisky.auction

+44 (0)20 8838 9381

whisky.auction

Bidding Begins on Lost Distillery Collection from Speyside’s Best Kept Secret, Caperdonich – Scotch Whisky News


Bidding Begins on Lost Distillery Collection from Speyside’s Best Kept Secret, Caperdonich

The legacy of one of Speyside’s most elusive lost distilleries, Caperdonich, will live on from today (Friday 30 October) as bidding begins on one of the largest collections of Caperdonich to ever come to auction on whiskyauctioneer.com, the world’s leading platform for buying and selling whiskies at auction.

The auction is now live and will end from 7pm on Monday 9th November.

Over 70 rare bottles from this lost distillery feature in Whisky Auctioneer’s current auction, 63 of which are from a single owner’s private collection. Highlights from the sale include independent bottlings from Jack Wieber and Prestonfield House, over 40 expressions aged for over 35 years and a unique private cask blend of which only five bottles were ever produced

All lost distillery histories are laced with sadness and intrigue when they depart the whisky world, but the Caperdonich story is one of Speyside’s most eventful tales.

The distillery was the first of the ‘extension’ distilleries built next to the original Glen Grant    plant when demand began to rise back in 1897. Then named ‘Glen Grant Number 2’, the distillery changed its name to Caperdonich in 1967, meaning ‘secret well’, after its water source. After several acquisitions, the distillery was closed for good in the early 2000s.

Demolished in 2011, the Caperdonich distillery will never distil again and it is this scarcity that has led to expressions from Scotland’s lost distilleries becoming some of the most highly prized and sought-after possessions for collectors in recent years.

Joe Wilson, Head of Auction Content at Whisky Auctioneer, said:

“The history of Caperdonich is truly captivating and these bottles are rare sightings on the secondary market. A collection of this significance from a distillery as elusive as Caperdonich in a single auction is an exciting discovery and offers a unique opportunity for our global audience of whisky enthusiasts, and in particular, collectors of whisky from Scotland’s lost distilleries.

“Independent bottlings like these offer a fascinating insight into the secrets of a Speyside distillery that otherwise could so easily have only been a footnote in the story of Glen Grant distillery. Over recent months, we have witnessed an increase in the demand for liquid from Caperdonich and so we are sure that these bottles will attract a huge appeal.”

This single malt collection is not the only ‘lost’ distillery highlight of the online whisky sale, which also welcomes sought-after bottlings from ghosts of the whisky world including Glenugie, Dallas Dhu, Port Ellen and Rosebank. Other stand-out bottles in the sale include incredible aged and limited edition expressions from The Macallan, including the newly-launched Red Collection and the stunning 72 Year Old Lalique Genesis Decanter.

The auction also welcomes another presentation from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection, the largest private whisky collection to come to auction, with a spotlight on over 130 whiskies from The GlenDronach distillery.

Whisky Auctioneer’s auctions are world leading and record breaking. Unmatched in auction volume, variety of bottles offered, prices achieved, global reach, service standards upheld and broadness of knowledge and expertise, the company is truly a global authority.

To find out more and to register to take part in upcoming auctions please visit www.whiskyauctioneer.com

Notes 

About Whisky Auctioneer 

Whisky Auctioneer is the global market leader and trusted authority on the buying and selling of whisky and spirits at auction.

Founded in 2013 and located in Perth, Whisky Auctioneer utilises its expertise and knowledge combined with its auction platform, to increase interest and passion in the whisky and spirits community.

Whisky Auctioneer endeavours to make the market more accessible for buyers and sellers of any background and geography. Its monthly global auctions feature the most comprehensive selection of old, rare and collectible whiskies and spirits available online. Whisky Auctioneer is passionate about connecting these bottles with those who share in their passion and actively support their customers in their aims, whether that be consuming, collecting or investing.

Visit:  www.whiskyauctioneer.com

Instagram: whiskyauctioneer

Facebook: WhiskyAuctioneer

Twitter:  Whisky_auction

Sotheby’s and The Macallan Unveil The Red Collection: A New Collection of Six Classic Aged Single Malt Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Sotheby’s and The Macallan Unveil The Red Collection:

A New Collection of Six Classic Aged Single Malt Whiskies

from The Macallan Distillery, Launching Today

 *Featuring The Macallan 78 Years Old,

The Oldest Aged Whisky Ever to be Sold at Auction*

Sotheby’s to Offer a Complete Set with Hand-Signed Labels by

Spanish Artist and Illustrator Javi Aznarez

*The Only Artist’s Label Set to be Released by The Macallan*

– Auction in London on 31 October 2020 –

 *Proceeds to be Donated to Food Charity, City Harvest*  

LONDON, 15 October 2020 – Sotheby’s and The Macallan today unveiled The Red Collection, a new classic aged collection of single malt from The Macallan Distillery. The complete set of six whiskies is anchored by The Macallan 40 Years Old, The Macallan 50 Years Old and The Macallan 60 Years Old, which are joined by two further highly aged bottles at 71 Years Old and 74 Years Old. The sixth and final bottle in this collection has been matured for 78 Years, making it not only the oldest bottle released from The Macallan Distillery, but the oldest age statement whisky ever offered at auction.*

An extremely rare, complete set of The Red Collection is set to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on 31 October 2020, after being gifted by The Macallan to City Harvest to raise funds for the food charity which redistributes surplus from the food industry to vulnerable people across London. Estimated at £200,000-800,000, the unique lot will open Sotheby’s first annual sale of Spirits to fall on day that Halloween is celebrated around the world, The Ultimate Whisky Collection Part II + More.

This set differs from the standard release and can be identified by its exclusive labels, which are illustrated and signed by Spanish artist Javi Aznarez. Only two sets contain these labels: Set #1 will remain in The Macallan’s archives and Set #2 is being presented in the Sotheby’s auction – as such, it is the only complete set of its kind to be made available to collectors around the world. The Sotheby’s set also uniquely includes two exclusive display cases and two bespoke tables.

Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s Spirits Specialist, said: “We are thrilled to partner with The Macallan to offer The Red Collection, alongside our second offering of The Ultimate Whisky Collection, as part of our inaugural Halloween Spirits sale. This is the only opportunity for whisky collectors to own a truly special Red Collection set with labels hand-signed by Javi Aznarez. This unique event also marks our third charity-related partnership with The Macallan in recent years, following record-breaking prices for The Macallan M Constantine and The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection in Hong Kong. We look forward to continuing this success with the sale of The Red Collection, the proceeds of which will benefit City Harvest London, which has enabled quality surplus food to be redistributed for free to those unable to access food during COVID, providing support for vulnerable people across the city.”

Inspired by the significance of the colour red throughout the history of the brand, The Red Collection captures The Macallan’s deep respect for tradition and craftsmanship. Distilled decades ago, in The Macallan’s signature copper stills, each expression in the collection has been matured in the distillery’s oak casks under the watchful eye of several generations of whisky makers. Over time, they developed into extraordinarily elegant aged whiskies.

The colour red has deep and long-standing significance for The Macallan, beginning with Alexander Reid, the farmer and teacher who founded The Macallan in 1824, whose surname means ‘the red one’ in Scots and was originally associated with red hair.  In 1903, owner Roderick Kemp launched The Macallan Choice Old range, which was reportedly shipped in cases labelled with distinctive red print to distinguish it from The Macallan’s existing whiskies, which featured black labelling.  Almost eight decades later, in 1980, red was to feature strongly in the release of The Macallan’s then oldest vintages, dated 1938, 1940 and 1950. Allan Shiach, chairman of The Macallan at that time, tied a red ribbon around the sought-after bottlings to denote their age and value.

These three characters are featured in an animated film created to introduce The Red Collection in collaboration with Javi Aznarez, acclaimed for his striking graphic art which has featured in several films, including director Wes Anderson’s forthcoming feature, The French Dispatch. The animation is set to music recorded by Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought-after classical musicians of her generation.

Each bottle in The Red Collection is encased in a hand-crafted oak presentation box created from the same sustainable European oak used to craft The Macallan’s oak casks. These boxes are beautifully upholstered with sustainably sourced soft red leather from Scottish supplier Bridge of Weir Leather, which creates upholstery for leading luxury car brands across the globe.

Three of the bottles in the collection are also hand-signed by Kirsteen Campbell, who was appointed Master Whisky Maker at The Macallan in 2019 – the first woman to occupy the role in the history of the brand. The remaining three bottles – The Macallan 71 Years Old, The Macallan 74 Years Old and The Macallan 78 Years Old – are hand-signed by Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker for The Macallan.

The Ultimate Whisky Collection Part II will bring together whiskies from renowned distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and Japan. Last October, Sotheby’s made history in the world of collectible spirits when the sale of The Ultimate Whisky Collection achieved £7.6 million ($10 million), the highest total for any whisky collection ever offered at auction. Headlined by a bottle of The Macallan Fine & Rare 60-Year-Old 1926, which set an auction record for any bottle of wine or spirit at £1.5 million ($1.9 million), the sale was 100% sold, with all 391 lots snapped up by collectors eager to acquire sought-after and iconic bottlings. Assembled by a private American Connoisseur over some 20 years, it was the most comprehensive catalogue of whisky ever to be offered by a single owner in a single auction. Featuring a roll-call of over 35 distilleries, this year’s offering is estimated to bring in the region of £800,000. The forthcoming sale will also include further lots from other important collectors.

Notes 

*A whisky’s ‘vintage’ refers to the year the spirit was distilled; its ‘age statement’ denotes length of time it has been matured for in oak casks. 

About Sotheby’s Wine

Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide sales in 2019 significantly exceeded $100 million for the second consecutive year, led by a 20% increase in auction sales to a total of $118 million – the highest-ever annual total in Sotheby’s history.

Sotheby’s Wine, with a store located within the auction house’s worldwide headquarters on New York’s Upper East Side, offers a carefully curated selection of wines from the world’s most prestigious producers and important regions. Expertly assembled by Sotheby’s’ experienced specialists, the everevolving selection is built upon lasting relationships with winemakers from across the globe, with prices beginning at just $13.95. With bottles that are ready for immediate consumption, in addition to investment-worthy wines from highly sought-after vintages, each wine is chosen for its expression of its region and value for money. Each bottle selected by Sotheby’s specialist team must pass the brand’s signature “three-glass” tasting guideline, meaning that the tasters must like it enough to want to drink three glasses, or the standard amount enjoyed when sharing a bottle.

The Sotheby’s Wine Store in New York City is located at 1334 York Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday from 10AM to 7PM and Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. Along with a retail location in Hong Kong Sotheby’s Wine also offers all bottles online, 24 hours, at www.sothebyswine.com.


Powered by WordPress