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A selection of the old and valuable whiskies that will be on sale.
Described by auction house Sotheby’s as “The Ultimate Whisky Collection,” a record-breaking collection of whisky will be sold in London later this month. It is very likely to become the most valuable collection of whisky ever offered at auction, and the first single-owner offering of spirits from the auction house.
The collection’s mysterious U.S.-based owner, known only as “The Ultimate Whisky Collector,” is selling 394 lots, comprising 467 bottles and nine casks. The entire collection is estimated to be worth approximately $4.9 million.
The Macallan whisky comprises half the lots, with a total estimated value of $2.7 million. The bottles on offer are a showcase of 70 years of whisky production. They include a 60-year-old Macallan 1926 sourced from the same cask as the bottle that was sold for $1.2 million last year (this particular bottle is estimated at $550,000).
There will be two entire Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collections on offer.
A couple of 70-year-old offerings from Gordon and Macphail, a Mortlach ($25,000) and a Glenlivet ($23,000), are also available. Various releases from Italian bottler Silvano Samaroli, who is treasured amongst collectors, are also likely to hit high into five figures per bottle. Other aged whiskies include the oldest official bottlings from Glenfiddich (a 64 year old from 1937) and Balvenie (a 50 year old, also from 1937), alongside 50+ old Dalmores and a 50-year-old Highland Park.
The Ultimate Whisky Collector himself had this to say about his selection: “I started this collection and realized that if I really spent time on it and was selective in my choices, I might be able to put together something significant and unique. Two decades on, I think the collection is at that point where it is indeed unique. Having cherished these bottles, I am now ready to share them with collectors around the world.”