The 10 most talked about spirits auctions

3rd April, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Shipwrecked Whisky Galore bottles

Whisky-Galore-bottle-auctionSold for: £12,050

Two bottles of whisky salvaged form the shipwreck which inspired the film Whisky Galore sold for £12,050 at an online auction through Scotch Whisky Auctions in May 2013.

The bottles were part of the cargo on-board the 8,000 tonne SS Politician, which ran aground and later sank off the Island of Eriskat in the Outer Hebrides. The ship was bound for Jamaica with a cargo including 28,000 cases of malt whisky when it met with disaster in February 1941.

Islanders salvaged as many bottles as possible and stored them away from custom officials. The two auctioned bottles were bought by an Aberdeenshire man, and after he recently died his widow decided to sell them, along with the letters of authentication and the neck tags from Christie’s.

One other bottle of Scotch from the same ship wreck sold for £1,300 in January this year.

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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