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.


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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