The 10 most talked about spirits auctions

3rd April, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

 18th Century Harewood House rum

Harewood-House-rumSold for: £78,255

The oldest rum ever to be sold at auction, this collection from the 18th Century sold for £78,255 at London’s Christie’s in December.

A total of 12 bottles of light and dark rum dating back to the 1780s were recently rediscovered in the cellar of Leeds stately home Harewood House. All expressions were distilled in Barbados, shipped in barrels to the UK, and bottled at Harewood House.

Fetching over six times the pre-auction estimate of £600-£800 per lot, The Harewood Rum ‘Dark’ 1780 sold for an outstanding £8,225 each. One notable recipient was global rum ambassador Ian Burrell.

All money raised by the sale of the collection was donated to the Geraldine Connor Foundation, a charity which supports disenfranchised young people in the performing arts.

One Response to “The 10 most talked about spirits auctions”

  1. So many exciting spirits hitting the market, very interesting! The Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons are ones to watch as they have been exceeding estimates of late. Zachys Wine Auctions auctioned off 3 bottles of the 23 Year Old in our June 2013 live auction in New York City and the price realized was 203% above midpoint. Looking forward to seeing how spirits do in 2014.–Lydia Serrano, Zachys Wine Auctions

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